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Legislator Jenkins Wants BOL Vote on Double-Dip Law

Legislator Jenkins Wants BOL Vote on Double-Dip Law

  White Plains, NY – Westchester County Legislator Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) called on his colleagues at the Board of Legislators (BOL) today to vote on legislation he has introduced that will require BOL approval for waivers allowing County employees to collect both a public pension and a salary. Read more

Released:08-29-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Democratic Legislators Moving Forward with Plans to Revitalize Playland

Democratic Legislators Moving Forward with Plans to Revitalize Playland

    White Plains, NY – Democratic caucus members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) announced today that they are moving forward with plans to revitalize Playland, the County’s iconic 280-acre amusement park and recreation area, with a committee hearing scheduled next week that will include representatives from Central Amusements International LLC (CAI) and Standard Amusements LLC to discuss how they might operate the park in the future. CAI and Standard... Read more

Released:08-28-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Legislator Michael Smith Announces Passage of Roadway Capital Project for Mount Pleasant

Legislator Michael Smith Announces Passage of Roadway Capital Project for Mount Pleasant

White Plains, NY - The Westchester County Board of Legislators yesterday passed a bond act in the amount of $990,000 to rehabilitate West Lake Drive, County Road 144, in the Town of Mount Pleasant. At the urging of Legislator Michael Smith (R-Mount Pleasant), the bond act was reintroduced to the Board earlier this year after it was stalled in a subcommittee backlog during the prior legislative term. Read more

Released:08-05-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Westchester Legislators Want Stricter Review Process and Risk Assessments for Gas Pipeline Expansion

Westchester Legislators Want Stricter Review Process and Risk Assessments for Gas Pipeline Expansion

  White Plains, NY – The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) announced today passage of a resolution calling for a stricter review process and full risk assessments in regard to the proposed expansion of the Algonquin natural gas pipeline through the county by Houston, Texas-based Spectra Gas Corporation. Read more

Released:08-04-2014 | See More _Newsroom

County’s Low Child Care Enrollment Prompts Action from Democratic Legislators

County’s Low Child Care Enrollment Prompts Action from Democratic Legislators

White Plains, NY – Democratic Caucus members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) questioned why one of the County’s subsidized child care programs, known as Title XX, was running at only one-third of the enrollment projected in 2014 Budget. The low numbers seem attributable to some problems with the enrollment process and publicizing the program, and the legislators said they will press the Astorino Administration for better performances... Read more

Released:07-31-2014 | 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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