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Board of Legislators Response to State of the County (with video)

Board of Legislators Response to State of the County (with video)

  Board of Legislators (BOL) Chairman Michael Kaplowitz, a Democrat representing Somers, New Castle and Yorktown delivered the BOL’s response to County Executive Rob Astorino’s State of the County Address.  Below is a link to the video and a transcript of his statement. Read more

Released:04-23-2015 | See More _Newsroom

Legislator Harckham Calls for New Federal Hearing on Gas Pipeline

Legislator Harckham Calls for New Federal Hearing on Gas Pipeline

Legislator Peter Harckham (D) North Salem, Has made a formal request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to suspend the approval process for the expansion of the Algonquin natural gas pipeline that bisects the 1500 acre Blue Mountain Reservation, part of the Westchester County Parks System.  Legislator Harckham is Chair of the Board of Legislators Parks, Planning and Housing (LPPH) Committee.  The LPPH Committee has been monitoring the Algonquin... Read more

Released:04-08-2015 | See More _Newsroom

Legislators to Receive Playland Report, Update from Astorino Administration

Legislators to Receive Playland Report, Update from Astorino Administration

On Wednesday, Legislator Peter Harckham (D) North Salem, Chair of the Board of Legislators (BOL) Labor, Parks, Planning and Housing Committee, (LPPH) announced, at a meeting of the committee, that Deputy County Executive, Kevin Plunkett would forward to the BOL, the report on operations at Playland Amusement Park that was produced by Consultant Dan Biederman of Biederman Redevelopment Ventures.  Read more

Released:04-02-2015 | See More _Newsroom

Legislator Sheila Marcotte Proposes Website Improvements to Protect Consumers Against Unscrupulous Contractor’s

Legislator Sheila Marcotte Proposes Website Improvements to Protect Consumers Against Unscrupulous Contractor’s

Legislator Sheila Marcotte (R) Eastchester, New Rochelle, Tuckahoe, has proposed a plan to allow Westchester residents to more easily access two county databases that monitor home improvement contractors.  The proposal would allow consumers the ability to easily check both a contractor’s licensing status as well as if the contractor has any liens and or judgements against them, all on one webpage. Read more

Released:03-17-2015 | See More _Newsroom

Westchester Legislators Authorize Action to Recover $17 Million of Taxpayer Money

Westchester Legislators Authorize Action to Recover $17 Million of Taxpayer Money

On Monday at a Special Meeting of the Board of Legislators legislation was passed that enabled County Attorney Robert Meehan to amend the legal proceedings against the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The vote was unanimous. The court action is an attempt to recover approximately $17 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) that were earmarked for Westchester County but reallocated outside of Westchester by HUD. Read more

Released:03-16-2015 | 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"

Tags: District 2-Peter Harckham District 11-James Maisano District 16-Kenneth W. Jenkins Public Safety

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