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County Legislators Take Action to Fight Harmful Impacts of Gas Pipeline

County Legislators Take Action to Fight Harmful Impacts of Gas Pipeline

    Astorino’s Northern Westchester pipeline will reduce local property values and harm natural environment Read more

Released:09-02-2015 | See More _Newsroom

Committees Advance Funding plan for Mount Vernon Youth Programs

Committees Advance Funding plan for Mount Vernon Youth Programs

On Monday the Board of Legislators (BOL) Seniors and Constituencies Committee and the Budget and Appropriations Committee met jointly to discuss legislation that would provide $179,220 in funding for “Positive Youth Development Programs” in Mount Vernon.  Read more

Released:08-26-2015 | See More _Newsroom

Lyndon Williams Proposes the County Complete Memorial Field Renovations and Remove the Eyesore of a Pile of Rubble at the Entranceway of Mount Vernon

Lyndon Williams Proposes the County Complete Memorial Field Renovations and Remove the Eyesore of a Pile of Rubble at the Entranceway of Mount Vernon

  New Memorial Field Will Restore the Pride and Dignity for Mt. Vernon Residents Read more

Released:08-25-2015 | See More _Newsroom

Legislators Approve Annual Westchester Community College Budget with No Tuition Increase

Legislators Approve Annual Westchester Community College Budget with No Tuition Increase

  On Monday, August 10th, the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) unanimously approved the annual budget for Westchester Community College (WCC).  Read more

Released:08-17-2015 | See More _Newsroom

Legislators Approve Funding to Help Law Enforcement Fight Elder Abuse

Legislators Approve Funding to Help Law Enforcement Fight Elder Abuse

The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) and County Executive Rob Astorino have teamed up to deliver funding that would provide enhanced training to municipal law enforcement agencies to help them address elder abuse, neglect and exploitation including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, involving victims who are 50 years of age or older.  Read more

Released:08-11-2015 | 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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