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Sustainable Playland Withdraws from Review Process---Legislators Exercise Due Diligence, Sustainable Playland Backs Out

Sustainable Playland Withdraws from Review Process---Legislators Exercise Due Diligence, Sustainable Playland Backs Out

On April 1st, Sustainable Playland Incorporated (SPI) announced that they would be suspending their participation in the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) review process for their proposed Playland Improvement Plan (PIP). When SPI announced that they were taking a break from the review process, they cited two unresolved legal issues as the causes, first was a lawsuit filed by an individual Legislator which had been dismissed once and then... Read more

Released:04-16-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Westchester Legislators Approve $4 million Bond for Train Station Parking Lot Rehab

Westchester Legislators Approve $4 million Bond for Train Station Parking Lot Rehab

  The North White Plains train station parking lot will undergo a major rehabilitation thanks to a $4,000,000 Bond Act that was passed by the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) on Monday, April 7th. The legislation authorizing the bond was sent to the full BOL after being reviewed and approved jointly by the Budget & Appropriations Committee and the Economic Development & Capital Projects Committee. The Infrastructure Committee also reviewed... Read more

Released:04-14-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Legislator Shimsky Attends Anti-Bullying Event

Legislator Shimsky Attends Anti-Bullying Event

  Westchester County Legislator MaryJane Shimsky and NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, accompanied by Irvington Mayor Brian Smith and NY Giants punter Steve Weatherford at “Irvington Rocks!”. Read more

Released:04-14-2014 | See More _Newsroom

BOL Majority Leader Borgia Gathers Support for Increasing Minimum Age to Purchase Cigarettes

BOL Majority Leader Borgia Gathers Support for Increasing Minimum Age to Purchase Cigarettes

  Millwood, NY – Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining) gathered support for new proposed legislation to raise the minimum age required for the purchase of cigarettes and tobacco-related products in Westchester County at a special press conference today, held at a popular delicatessen here whose owner decided to stop selling cigarettes entirely five years ago. Read more

Released:04-02-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Concerned Residents Turn Out for Public Hearing On Playland Improvement Plan

Concerned Residents Turn Out for Public Hearing On Playland Improvement Plan

White Plains, NY – A capacity crowd of concerned residents turned out this evening for a Public Hearing regarding the Playland Improvement Plan, which was held in the Chambers of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) here in the Michaelian Office Building. Read more

Released:03-19-2014 | 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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