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Chairman Kaplowitz Announces Task Force to Review-Ethics Waiver Requests

Chairman Kaplowitz Announces Task Force to Review-Ethics Waiver Requests

In 2014, the Westchester County Charter Revision Commission recommended several updates to the Board of Legislators (BOL) regarding the Ethics Board and dealing with employment waiver requests.  The BOL has been discussing this issue and debating various reforms since that time. Read more

Released:08-04-2016 | See More _Newsroom

Board of Legislators, Ferari Associates Agree on Deal to Fund Studies on ‘North 60’ Development

Board of Legislators, Ferari Associates Agree on Deal to Fund Studies on ‘North 60’ Development

Today at the weekly meeting of the Westchester County Board of Acquisition and Contracts an amendment was approved to an existing contract with Fareri Associates LP to reimburse the county for studies which are being done on the proposed $1.2 billion bio-science project at the Grasslands Campus.  The project which seeks to develop 60 acres of county-owned property along with an adjacent tract of 20 acres owned by Fareri next... Read more

Released:08-04-2016 | See More _Newsroom

Legislator Testa Proposes Resolution Opposing New Oil Barge Anchorage Sites on Hudson River

Legislator Testa Proposes Resolution Opposing New Oil Barge Anchorage Sites on Hudson River

Legislator John Testa (R) Peekskill, The Board of Legislators’ (BOL) Minority Leader is sponsoring a resolution voicing the BOL’s opposition to a proposed U.S. Coast Guard rule which would create anchorage sites in the Hudson River for vessels carrying oil to refinery’s south of Westchester County. Read more

Released:08-23-2016 | See More _Newsroom

BOL Litigation Committee Rejects Rye City’s Environmental Claims

BOL Litigation Committee Rejects Rye City’s Environmental Claims

On Thursday, the Board of Legislators (BOL) Litigation Committee met with County Attorney Robert Meehan to discuss Westchester County’s response to the Article 78 court action brought against Westchester County by Rye City Mayor Joe Sack.  Among other things, the City of Rye’s complaint claims that the County should not be the lead agency in certifying compliance with the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and that Mayor Sack and... Read more

Released:08-25-2016 | 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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