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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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Westchester Legislators Unanimously Approve Hydrofracking Waste Ban in County

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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.”

Tags: District 2-Peter Harckham District 9-Catherine Borgia Hydrofracking

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