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Legislator Francis Corcoran Encourages Landowners to Consider Agricultural District Participation

Legislator Francis Corcoran Encourages Landowners to Consider Agricultural District Participation

Legislator Francis Corcoran (R) Bedford, is advising farmers and prospective farmers in his Legislative District that the 1 month period to apply for inclusion in Westchester County’s Agriculture District has begun and runs till the end of January.  Legislator Corcoran is Chair of the Board of Legislators Environment and Health Committee.  After an application has been accepted by the Westchester County Agriculture & Farmland Protection Board, it is the BOL... Read more

Released:01-10-2017 | See More _Newsroom

MEDIA ADVISORY: Public Hearing Set for Proposed Gun Show Legislation

MEDIA ADVISORY: Public Hearing Set for Proposed Gun Show Legislation

The Westchester County Board of Legislators will hold a public hearing on a Local Law amending the Laws of Westchester County by adding a new chapter 432 requiring gun show operators conducting events in Westchester County to follow and enforce certain procedures.  (Click here for proposed legislation.) Read more

Released:01-10-2017 | See More _Newsroom

Democratic Legislation Prohibiting Gun Shows on County Property Passes

Democratic Legislation Prohibiting Gun Shows on County Property Passes

(WHITE PLAINS, NY) Act #9417, which prohibits participation in a gun show on County Property, passed this evening by a vote of 9 to 8. Legislator Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers), the original sponsor of the bill, was joined by his Democratic colleagues in the passage of this measure which was first proposed after the tragedy which took place at Sandy Hook. Read more

Released:01-09-2017 | See More _Newsroom

Statement from Legislator Virginia Perez, Chair of the Board of Legislators Legislation Committee on proposed laws to ban or regulate gun shows in Westchester county

Statement from Legislator Virginia Perez, Chair of the Board of Legislators Legislation Committee on proposed laws to ban or regulate gun shows in Westchester county

“Ten years ago this month, my beloved younger brother Martin was shot and killed in the stairwell of a public housing building in Yonkers while working as a food delivery person.  My life and the lives of my family were forever changed that day.  Not just because of the loss we’ve experienced but because of how that loss has informed how I view the world and issues like public safety,... Read more

Released:01-03-2017 | See More _Newsroom

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Westchester Legislators Approve Investment in Plan to Protect Open Space near Teatown

The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) unanimously approved a bond act to protect a large piece of property adjacent to the Teatown Lake Reservation, an initiative that has been in the works for several years and which will greatly enhance the existing trail system in the area.

The $1.5 million that the BOL recently approved will go toward acquisition costs for a conservation easement over approximately 59 acres of woodlands known as the Gilbert property, which is located along Spring Valley Road and Route 134 in the Town of Yorktown and the Town of New Castle.

The conservation easement on the property, which borders Teatown Lake Reservation, an 834-acre nature preserve and environmental educational center, will limit use of the Gilbert property as a passive park and expand the County’s open space network and inter-municipal trail system with linkages to existing County parks and trails.

“The purchase of this important, environmentally sensitive property is a good example of how the Westchester County’s leaders can work in tandem and dovetail their efforts for the sake of future generations,” said BOL Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers). “Staying committed to this kind of cooperation will lead to more successful initiatives, achievements and investments to benefit our residents and business owners.”

Because the Gilbert property lies within the Croton watershed, limiting its use as a passive park will also protect the drinking water supply, as well as provide ecological protection to Teatown Lake and adjacent wetlands and wildlife habitats.

The property is owned presently by Open Space Institute, so the legislation is contingent upon Teatown acquiring title to the property. An appraisal is currently being conducted to confirm the value of the easement, and if the appraisal is less than $1.5 million, the County will only pay for the appraised value of the property.

In consideration for the County acquiring the conservation easement, Teatown has agreed to operate and maintain the trailways and parking areas at the following County owned parks: John Hand Park (northeast of Ossining); Briarcliff-Peekskill Trailway; and Kitchawan Preserve in the Town of Yorktown. The management agreement will run for a period of 20 years or until the County’s bonds issued for the acquisition of the property are fully amortized, whichever period is greater.

“Our continuing investment in protecting open spaces and undeveloped land in Westchester is what makes this county so special,” Jenkins added. “It is my hope that our residents dedicate some time in 2012 to visiting the County’s parks and trailways to experience the unique pleasures of outdoor life.”

Teatown Lake Reservation, a nonprofit, environmental organization located in the Lower Hudson Valley in the Towns of Yorktown, Cortlandt, and New Castle, is part of more than 2,000 protected acres of county and state parkland and New York City watershed property. Numerous regional hiking trails, including the North County Trailway and Old Croton Aqueduct Trailway, traverse the greater Teatown area. The organization runs the nature preserve and an education center in an effort to conserve biodiversity, teach ecology and promote nature-friendly living.

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