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Legislator Francis Corcoran Encourages Landowners to Consider Agricultural District Participation

Legislator Francis Corcoran Encourages Landowners to Consider Agricultural District Participation

Legislator Francis Corcoran (R) Bedford, is advising farmers and prospective farmers in his Legislative District that the 1 month period to apply for inclusion in Westchester County’s Agriculture District has begun and runs till the end of January.  Legislator Corcoran is Chair of the Board of Legislators Environment and Health Committee.  After an application has been accepted by the Westchester County Agriculture & Farmland Protection Board, it is the BOL... Read more

Released:01-10-2017 | See More _Newsroom

MEDIA ADVISORY: Public Hearing Set for Proposed Gun Show Legislation

MEDIA ADVISORY: Public Hearing Set for Proposed Gun Show Legislation

The Westchester County Board of Legislators will hold a public hearing on a Local Law amending the Laws of Westchester County by adding a new chapter 432 requiring gun show operators conducting events in Westchester County to follow and enforce certain procedures.  (Click here for proposed legislation.) Read more

Released:01-10-2017 | See More _Newsroom

Democratic Legislation Prohibiting Gun Shows on County Property Passes

Democratic Legislation Prohibiting Gun Shows on County Property Passes

(WHITE PLAINS, NY) Act #9417, which prohibits participation in a gun show on County Property, passed this evening by a vote of 9 to 8. Legislator Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers), the original sponsor of the bill, was joined by his Democratic colleagues in the passage of this measure which was first proposed after the tragedy which took place at Sandy Hook. Read more

Released:01-09-2017 | See More _Newsroom

Statement from Legislator Virginia Perez, Chair of the Board of Legislators Legislation Committee on proposed laws to ban or regulate gun shows in Westchester county

Statement from Legislator Virginia Perez, Chair of the Board of Legislators Legislation Committee on proposed laws to ban or regulate gun shows in Westchester county

“Ten years ago this month, my beloved younger brother Martin was shot and killed in the stairwell of a public housing building in Yonkers while working as a food delivery person.  My life and the lives of my family were forever changed that day.  Not just because of the loss we’ve experienced but because of how that loss has informed how I view the world and issues like public safety,... Read more

Released:01-03-2017 | See More _Newsroom

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Westchester Legislators Unanimously Approve Hydrofracking Waste Ban in County

Hydrofracking

White Plains, NY – The Westchester County Board of Legislators unanimously approved legislation today that bans the sale, application and disposal in the county of waste from natural gas drilling operations commonly known as hydrofracking. Penalties for violations, which are unclassified misdemeanors, will include fines upwards to $25,000 and / or imprisonment up to 30 days.

The bill received prior approvals in two BOL committees—Government Operations, chaired by Legislator Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining), who was a co-sponsor; and Legislation, chaired by Legislator Bill Ryan (D-White Plains). At the conclusion of today’s full BOL vote on the bill, which occurred at its regular meeting, a large crowd of supporters of the hydrofracking waste ban in Westchester, many of whom spoke in favor of the legislation, broke into long applause.

“This legislation will protect our environment for Westchester residents both today and in the future,” said Borgia. “The toxins involved in hydrofracking waste, including radioactive materials, are among the most harmful known to humankind. We must be hyper-vigilant about keeping these toxins out of the water supply and off our roadways, and I’m very pleased that all of my colleagues on the Board supported these protections.”

The various waste products from natural gas drilling, or hydraulic fracturing, include water laden with chemical additives, naturally occurring radioactive materials and heavy metals, along with leachate from solid wastes. The new legislation specifically prohibits the introduction of hydrofracking waste into wastewater treatment and sewage treatment facilities within Westchester or operated by the County; the sale of such waste within the County; and the application of natural gas waste to any roadway or property (usually as a means to control ice and dust) within the County. (Municipalities may unknowingly use de-icing salt produced from hydrofracking waste during the winter months.)

Furthermore, all bids and contracts related to the purchase or acquisition of materials to be used to construct or maintain a County road shall include a provision stating no materials containing fracking waste shall be provided to the County.

“As hydrofracking increases around the Northeast, gas companies will look for different ways in which to dispose of all the toxic waste that results from the extracting process,” said Ryan. “The legislation passed by the Board today warns natural gas extractors that Westchester will not be a dumping site for this hazardous waste.”

“The multiple kinds of waste produced by hydrofracking all pose significant health and environmental risks,” said BOL Majority Leader Pete Harckham (D-Katonah), another co-sponsor of the bill. “This waste doesn’t belong in our wastewater treatment plants, and it certainly doesn’t belong on the streets and roads that drain into our fragile drinking water supplies.”

Ellen Weininger, Educational Outreach Coordinator for Grassroots Environmental Education, a science-based environmental health non-profit organization, thanked the Westchester legislators today for their vote, and said, “We appreciate the close attention the Westchester legislators paid to this new law, and the expediting of its passage. The legislators have demonstrated a deep and unwavering commitment to protecting the public health of Westchester residents and safeguarding the environment for future generations.”

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