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Legislators Put Westchester Back on Fiscally Responsible Path

Legislators Put Westchester Back on Fiscally Responsible Path

(WHITE PLAINS, NY) Westchester Legislators passed a bi-partisan 2018 budget by a vote of 12 to 5. This budget funds a functioning government while attempting to address the fiscal mess and long-term budget hole of over $100M left by the outgoing Astorino Administration. The budget includes funding for cost-effective social programs as well as vital parks curators, engineers, and other County staff needed to keep government running at the level depended... Read more

Released:12-11-2017 | See More _Newsroom

Tubiolo Helps Pass Law Extending Tax Exemption for Veterans

Tubiolo Helps Pass Law Extending Tax Exemption for Veterans

In a unanimous vote Monday night, Westchester County Legislator David Tubiolo (Yonkers & Mount Vernon), Chair of the Board’s Committee on Seniors & Constituencies, joined with his colleagues in passing a Local Law that will extend the County’s property tax exemption for Cold War Veterans. Read more

Released:11-20-2017 | See More _Newsroom

Legislator Gelfarb Introduces Local Law to Protect Laborers from Wage Theft

Legislator Gelfarb Introduces Local Law to Protect Laborers from Wage Theft

On Monday, Legislator David Gelfarb (R) Harrison, Port Chester, Rye Brook, introduced Legislation designed to strengthen the County’s existing home improvement business licensing laws to better protect County residents and, in particular, the workers who provide labor for the County’s home improvement businesses. Legislator Gelfarb announced the Legislation at a press conference where he was joined by Ann Heekin, Executive Director of Don Bosco Worker’s, Inc.-  a grassroots community-organizing group led... Read more

Released:11-03-2017 | See More _Newsroom

Borgia & Local Leaders Demand Action on Indian Point Job Protection Resolution

Borgia & Local Leaders Demand Action on Indian Point Job Protection Resolution

(BUCHANAN, NY) Outside of Indian Point Energy Center’s main entrance, Westchester County Board of Legislators Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining) stood with local leaders in support of her bi-partisan Indian Job Protection Resolution. The resolution is expected to come to a vote of the full Board of Legislators on Monday night, October 30th after being introduced on May 8th and referred to the committees on Energy & Regional Efficiencies, Labor,... Read more

Released:10-27-2017 | See More _Newsroom

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Democratic BOL Leaders Call for Stricter Gun Measures

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Bill Permanently Banning Gun Shows at County Center Proposed

 

White Plains, NY – The Democratic leaders of the Westchester County Board of Legislators promised to push for stricter gun measures today, including introducing both a bill that will permanently ban gun shows at the County Center and a resolution asking the federal government to pass permanent legislation banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines.

Additional gun control initiatives will be forthcoming in the upcoming weeks, said BOL Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers).

Former County Executive Andrew Spano banned the gun shows at the Westchester County Center following the Columbine shootings in 1999, with few complaints among residents. But County Executive Rob Astorino lifted the ban in 2010, and since then the gun shows at the County Center have returned. Following the Newtown, Connecticut shootings, Astorino said that “at this time…a contract renewal is not appropriate” for this year’s gun show, which was to take place in February.

The BOL’s Democratic leaders, however, feel Astorino is trying to buy time and stated they will be proposing a bill to permanently ban the guns shows from the County Center.

“There is no reason to allow gun shows at the County Center,” said Jenkins. “It is County property, and we control what activities are permitted there. We are sending the wrong message to our residents by allowing a County-owned facility to host an event that advances the proliferation of guns. The County Center attracts families and young people to many of its events, and they should not have to see the all-out promotion of a gun show when they are there for fun and enjoyment.”

In regard to the federal legislation banning assault weapons, or “military style weapons,” as President Obama refers to these high-powered automatic and semi-automatic rifles, the BOL Democratic leaders promised to introduce a resolution calling for the New York Congressional delegation to support the bill.

Congresswoman Nita Lowey, who represents a portion of Westchester, is a co-sponsor of the bill.

“There is no reason why citizens outside of the military or law enforcement should be allowed to own assault weapons,” said BOL Vice Chair Lyndon Williams (D-Mount Vernon). “They are lethal objects meant to kill and maim. Strict regulation of these weapons needs to be enacted immediately or more innocent people will be killed.”

Regulating assault weapons should not be confused with taking away the right for citizens to own guns, said BOL Majority Leader Pete Harckham (D-Katonah).

“Most gun owners understand the need to control the sale and use of assault weapons,” said Harckham. “In the end, there is no good argument for allowing the casual sale of this kind of lethal firepower anywhere in the country. It’s time for the U.S. to follow the lead of many other nations around the world that have outlawed these weapons.”

In addition, the Democratic BOL leaders will initiate a BOL committee review of how residents are being treated in the County’s mental health system.

“It’s important for the Board of Legislators to find out what more we can do to help those with mental illness,” said Legislator MaryJane Shimsky (D-Hastings-on-Hudson), the BOL’s majority Whip. “The County has entirely outsourced its obligation to care for the mentally ill under the Astorino Administration, and we need to make sure this arrangement is benefitting those who need help.”

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Monday, December 11

Special BOL Meeting 09:55 AM
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