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BOL Majority Leader Borgia Introduces Children’s Product Safety Act

BOL Majority Leader Borgia Introduces Children’s Product Safety Act

  White Plains, NY - Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining) recently introduced legislation requiring retailers to test toys for sale which may contain certain dangerous chemicals, thus potentially preventing them from ever reaching county residents, and today, along with several of her colleagues from the Democratic Caucus, she joined health and environmental advocates to unveil a report at a special press conference detailing the presence... Read more

Released:12-10-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Westchester Legislators Budget Committee Issues Final Report, Vote Set for Tuesday December 9th

Westchester Legislators Budget Committee Issues Final Report, Vote Set for Tuesday December 9th

                          White Plains, NY - On Friday December 5th, the Board of Legislators (BOL) Budget and Appropriations Committee voted out their final report on the 2015 Westchester County Operating and Capital Budgets.  At the start of the budget process Board Chairman Michael Kaplowitz directed that the final report be posted to the BOL website for the public to review at least 48 hours prior to the Budget vote.  The Document was... Read more

Released:12-05-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Westchester Legislators Announce Significant Progress Toward Bipartisan 2015 Budget

Westchester Legislators Announce Significant Progress Toward Bipartisan 2015 Budget

  Budget and Appropriations Committee votes out “Budget Additions Report” White Plains, NY - The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Budget and Appropriations Committee made their additions to County Executive Rob Astorino’s proposed 2015 budget. The Budget and Appropriations Committee will make their corresponding deletions to the budget and then release the final budget report on Friday. In what Legislators described as a productive and bipartisan, all-day negotiation, a number of important issues... Read more

Released:12-02-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Westchester Legislators Approve Major Reform to County Budget Process

Westchester Legislators Approve Major Reform to County Budget Process

White Plains, NY - Westchester Legislators approved a major reform to the County budget process on Monday evening.  The reform measure is meant to bring greater transparency and opportunity for public review of the final budget before it is voted on.  The change was recommended by the Charter Revision Commission and was first championed by Legislator Sheila Marcotte ( R ) Tuckahoe, New Rochelle, Eastchester.  Legislator Marcotte is Chair of the... Read more

Released:11-25-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Westchester Legislators and Staff Donate Thanksgiving Baskets to Domestic Violence Shelters

Westchester Legislators and Staff Donate Thanksgiving Baskets to Domestic Violence Shelters

This past week Legislator Alfreda Williams (D) Greenburgh and Legislator Gordon A. Burrows ( R ) Yonkers, Bronxville along with their staff members donated full Thanksgiving dinner baskets including frozen turkeys to Westchester  families.  The dinners were donated through two Domestic Violence shelters, My Sisters Place and Hope’s Door.  Each shelter received six baskets.   Read more

Released:11-26-2014 | See More _Newsroom

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Westchester Legislators Approve Bond Funding For Immediate Repairs to DES Roof

Compromise with Administration Moves Solar Component Forward

White Plains, NY – The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) approved a bond act tonight to begin repair of the roof of the Department of Emergency Services (DES) Main Facility. The bond act totals $1,590,000 and includes $940,000 in previously authorized design bonds to finance this long-awaited capital project.

“Fire chiefs around Westchester can now be assured that bond funding to fix the roof at the DES building is finally in place,” said BOL Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers). “We expect work on the repairs to begin as soon as possible so as to improve the working conditions for our first-responders at this important training facility.”

Jenkins noted the DES roof has been leaking in multiple locations. During heavy rains and with melting snow, water runs in steady streams to the floors and apparatus, endangering supplies and valuable equipment. Electrical lighting has failed and building telephone circuitry and fire alarm systems have been compromised as a result of water infiltration.

Initially, the BOL Democratic caucus had voted to fast-track funding for the repairs, but a compromise was forged step-by-step over the last six months with BOL Minority Leader Jim Maisano (R-New Rochelle), the BOL Republican caucus and the Astorino Administration to reintroduce the bond act to get repairs rolling while a design that will incorporate solar panels on the roof is completed. The Astorino Administration also promised, once again, to pursue New York Power Authority grant funding (which was initially secured under former County Executive Spano’s Administration) to pay for the solar component.

Repairing the DES roof in accordance with County law that calls for new and repaired roofing for all County buildings and facilities to have the solar components had become a sticking point between the BOL and the Administration.

The BOL vote to approve the DES roof repair bond act was unanimous.

"The Administration rightfully understood the Board of Legislators was serious about fixing this roof while at the same time creating opportunities for clean energy as well, so I’m pleased that a compromise was achieved toward this goal,” said BOL Majority Leader Pete Harckham (D-Katonah). “In the end, it simply made sense to"

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