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BOL Committee Receives Independent Report on Environmental Impact of Proposed Gas Pipeline Expansion in County Park

BOL Committee Receives Independent Report on Environmental Impact of Proposed Gas Pipeline Expansion in County Park

Recommendations Include Not Widening Right of Way, Surveying Wetlands, $$ for Monitoring White Plains, NY – The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Labor, Parks, Planning & Housing Committee (LPPH), chaired by Legislator Pete Harckham (D-North Salem), met today to receive and discuss a new, independent environmental assessment of potential impacts to Blue Mountain Reservation from the expansion project proposed by the Houston, Texas-based Spectra Energy Corporation for its Algonquin natural... Read more

Released:01-15-2015 | See More _Newsroom

Democrat and Republican Leaders Tout Shared Services

Democrat and Republican Leaders Tout Shared Services

  White Plains, NY - In a bipartisan vote, the Board of Legislators authorized an intermunicipal agreement (IMA) between the County and the Town of Cortlandt whereby the County will provide police services to the Town that will supplement the New York State Police, the agency responsible for patrolling and responding to emergencies in Cortlandt.The vote took place at the regular meeting of the Board of Legislators on Monday evening and... Read more

Released:01-08-2015 | See More _Newsroom

Democratic Legislators Urge Administration to Install Temporary Street Lights along Playland Parkway

Democratic Legislators Urge Administration to Install Temporary Street Lights along Playland Parkway

  White Plains, NY – Westchester Legislators Catherine Parker (D-Rye) and MaryJane Shimsky (D-Hastings-on-Hudson) urged the Astorino Administration today to install temporary street lights along a stretch of the Playland Parkway as soon as possible. The County’s Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT) has said that it will be replacing the street lamps in place now along the roadway, but many have been out of service for over a year. In... Read more

Released:01-07-2015 | See More _Newsroom

Legislator MaryJane Shimsky and Senator Charles Schumer Speak at Ashford Avenue Bridge

Legislator MaryJane Shimsky and Senator Charles Schumer Speak at Ashford Avenue Bridge

"Legislator MaryJane Shimsky shows Senator Charles Schumer one of the problem spots on the Ashford Avenue Bridge.  Legislator Shimsky spoke at the Senator's press conference calling for prompt federal approval of the AAB's rehabilitation project."           Read more

Released:01-05-2015 | See More _Newsroom

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

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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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