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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

Legislator John Testa Announces Three Major Infrastructure Projects for His Northern Westchester District

Legislator John Testa Announces Three Major Infrastructure Projects for His Northern Westchester District

Major rehabilitation to Albany Post Road, George’s Island Park and Washington Street. Follows Completed Projects to Rehabilitate Main Street (Rt. 6), Crompond Road/Division Street (Rt. 202) and Upgrades in Blue Mountain Reservation and George’s Island Park Read more

Released:10-18-2017 | 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.”

The Week at the Board

Monday, November 20

LIT 09:00 AM
B&A 10:00 AM
CBAC 06:00 PM
   
Tuesday, November 21
B&A

10:00 AM

Mini Public Hearing
Yonkers Riverfront Library
One Larkin Center
Yonkers, NY
07:00 PM


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