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BOL Committee Receives Independent Report on Environmental Impact of Proposed Gas Pipeline Expansion in County Park

BOL Committee Receives Independent Report on Environmental Impact of Proposed Gas Pipeline Expansion in County Park

Recommendations Include Not Widening Right of Way, Surveying Wetlands, $$ for Monitoring White Plains, NY – The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Labor, Parks, Planning & Housing Committee (LPPH), chaired by Legislator Pete Harckham (D-North Salem), met today to receive and discuss a new, independent environmental assessment of potential impacts to Blue Mountain Reservation from the expansion project proposed by the Houston, Texas-based Spectra Energy Corporation for its Algonquin natural... Read more

Released:01-15-2015 | See More _Newsroom

Democrat and Republican Leaders Tout Shared Services

Democrat and Republican Leaders Tout Shared Services

  White Plains, NY - In a bipartisan vote, the Board of Legislators authorized an intermunicipal agreement (IMA) between the County and the Town of Cortlandt whereby the County will provide police services to the Town that will supplement the New York State Police, the agency responsible for patrolling and responding to emergencies in Cortlandt.The vote took place at the regular meeting of the Board of Legislators on Monday evening and... Read more

Released:01-08-2015 | See More _Newsroom

Democratic Legislators Urge Administration to Install Temporary Street Lights along Playland Parkway

Democratic Legislators Urge Administration to Install Temporary Street Lights along Playland Parkway

  White Plains, NY – Westchester Legislators Catherine Parker (D-Rye) and MaryJane Shimsky (D-Hastings-on-Hudson) urged the Astorino Administration today to install temporary street lights along a stretch of the Playland Parkway as soon as possible. The County’s Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT) has said that it will be replacing the street lamps in place now along the roadway, but many have been out of service for over a year. In... Read more

Released:01-07-2015 | See More _Newsroom

Legislator MaryJane Shimsky and Senator Charles Schumer Speak at Ashford Avenue Bridge

Legislator MaryJane Shimsky and Senator Charles Schumer Speak at Ashford Avenue Bridge

"Legislator MaryJane Shimsky shows Senator Charles Schumer one of the problem spots on the Ashford Avenue Bridge.  Legislator Shimsky spoke at the Senator's press conference calling for prompt federal approval of the AAB's rehabilitation project."           Read more

Released:01-05-2015 | See More _Newsroom

BOL Majority Leader Borgia Introduces Children’s Product Safety Act

BOL Majority Leader Borgia Introduces Children’s Product Safety Act

  White Plains, NY - Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining) recently introduced legislation requiring retailers to test toys for sale which may contain certain dangerous chemicals, thus potentially preventing them from ever reaching county residents, and today, along with several of her colleagues from the Democratic Caucus, she joined health and environmental advocates to unveil a report at a special press conference detailing the presence... Read more

Released:12-10-2014 | See More _Newsroom

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Westchester Legislators Honor Yorktown High School Student for Science Achievement

The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) honored Priya Mohindra, a Yorktown High School student participating in the school’s science research program, at its regular meeting earlier this week. Mohindra had been named recently as a regional finalist in the prestigious Siemens Math, Science and Technology Competition.


Legislator Michael Kaplowitz (D-Somers), who represents Westchester County’s 4th Legislative District, where Ms. Mohindra lives with her parents and two younger siblings, presented a proclamation to the young student scientist in recognition of her achievement, and announced that the BOL had declared December 13, 2011 to be “Priya Mohindra Day” in Westchester County.
“This remarkable student reminds us that the great innovations and discoveries of tomorrow will come from the young men and women who are being taught and inspired in our schools today,” said Kaplowitz. “We will be rooting for Priya in the Siemens competition, and look forward to seeing where her ingenuity, hard work and determination take her in life.”
Ms. Mohindra is the only student in Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties to be named a regional Siemens finalist. In November, she presented her research at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
“I essentially created a new strategy to target cancer,” Ms. Mohindra told the legislators before thanking “everyone in Westchester,” her parents, science research teacher at Yorktown High School and members of the radiology department at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for help with her research.
In the hope of being able to detect cancer at cellular levels, Ms. Mohindra is working on utilizing Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging to create a database of various agents interacting with cells for faster diagnoses—which can potentially save lives.
The Siemens competition, administered annually by the College Board, awards college scholarships for high school students involved in original math, science and technological research projects.

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