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Legislator Harckham Tells Westchester “Stop Leaking Taxpayer Money”

Legislator Harckham Tells Westchester “Stop Leaking Taxpayer Money”

Calls for Audit of County’s Antiquated Plumbing Fixtures White Plains, NY - Westchester County Legislator Pete Harckham (D-North Salem) has proposed a bill at the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) that would direct the County’s Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT) to conduct an audit of water fixtures in all County buildings, parks and other facilities to determine how much water—and taxpayer money—could be saved by the installation of... Read more

Released:10-28-2014 | See More _Newsroom

BOL Majority Leader Borgia Hosts Women’s Business Forum at WCC

BOL Majority Leader Borgia Hosts Women’s Business Forum at WCC

    White Plains, NY - Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining) hosted a forum last week entitled “Keeping the Doors Open for Business” aimed at local small businesses owned and operated by women. The event was the first in a series intended for small businesses in Westchester County. The forum took place at the Westchester Community College (WCC) Gateway Center in Valhalla, NY. The WCC Gateway to... Read more

Released:10-15-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Westchester Legislators Pass Bond Act for Water Treatment, Saves Taxpayers $90 million

Westchester Legislators Pass Bond Act for Water Treatment, Saves Taxpayers $90 million

On Monday, October 6th, the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) passed a critical bond act that will save Westchester County taxpayers up to $80 million and hopefully end the threat of $37,500 per day in fines levied against Westchester County from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).   Read more

Released:10-06-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Vice Chair Maisano Proposes Law to Combat Impact of "Puppy Mills"

Vice Chair Maisano Proposes Law to Combat Impact of "Puppy Mills"

  Westchester County Board of Legislators Vice Chairman Jim Maisano (R, New Rochelle) proposed legislation this week that would ensure that dogs and cats sold by pet "dealers” or “sellers" in Westchester County are maintained in a safe and healthy environment, and his legislation seeks to stop the unregulated flow of puppies from high volume and inhumane breeders and their transporters. Read more

Released:09-19-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Westchester Legislators Establish “Cross-Age Collaboration” Policy to Strengthen Intergenerational Bonds

Westchester Legislators Establish “Cross-Age Collaboration” Policy to Strengthen Intergenerational Bonds

White Plains, NY – In recognition of the growing need for connecting generations and creating “age-friendly” communities, the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) has approved a resolution to establish a “Cross-Age Collaboration” policy for consideration in all County services and directives in order to promote and strengthen purposeful intergenerational bonds. Read more

Released:09-12-2014 | 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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