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Legislator Michael Smith Announces Passage of Roadway Capital Project for Mount Pleasant

Legislator Michael Smith Announces Passage of Roadway Capital Project for Mount Pleasant

White Plains, NY - The Westchester County Board of Legislators yesterday passed a bond act in the amount of $990,000 to rehabilitate West Lake Drive, County Road 144, in the Town of Mount Pleasant. At the urging of Legislator Michael Smith (R-Mount Pleasant), the bond act was reintroduced to the Board earlier this year after it was stalled in a subcommittee backlog during the prior legislative term. Read more

Released:08-05-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Westchester Legislators Want Stricter Review Process and Risk Assessments for Gas Pipeline Expansion

Westchester Legislators Want Stricter Review Process and Risk Assessments for Gas Pipeline Expansion

  White Plains, NY – The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) announced today passage of a resolution calling for a stricter review process and full risk assessments in regard to the proposed expansion of the Algonquin natural gas pipeline through the county by Houston, Texas-based Spectra Gas Corporation. Read more

Released:08-04-2014 | See More _Newsroom

County’s Low Child Care Enrollment Prompts Action from Democratic Legislators

County’s Low Child Care Enrollment Prompts Action from Democratic Legislators

White Plains, NY – Democratic Caucus members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) questioned why one of the County’s subsidized child care programs, known as Title XX, was running at only one-third of the enrollment projected in 2014 Budget. The low numbers seem attributable to some problems with the enrollment process and publicizing the program, and the legislators said they will press the Astorino Administration for better performances... Read more

Released:07-31-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Kaplowitz Votes To Give Yorktown County Paratransit Bus For $1---Touts Legislature's Commitment to Shared Services

Kaplowitz Votes To Give Yorktown County Paratransit Bus For $1---Touts Legislature's Commitment to Shared Services

  Westchester County Board of Legislators' Chairman Michael B. Kaplowitz (D, Yorktown, Somers, New Castle), one of the three voting members of the County's Board of Acquisition & Contract, passed a measure this week that secured a County-owned 2008 Ford E350, a shuttle-type bus, for the Town of Yorktown for just a buck.  Up until now, the bus has been utilized by the County's Pararansit system. Read more

Released:07-22-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Shimsky Touts Legislature’s Commitment To Shared Services---Village of Dobbs Ferry gets County surplus Paratransit bus for $1

Shimsky Touts Legislature’s Commitment To Shared Services---Village of Dobbs Ferry gets County surplus Paratransit bus for $1

  Westchester County Legislator MaryJane Shimsky (D, Hastings-on-Hudson), chair of the Legislature’s Infrastructure Committee, this week announced that the County approved the transfer of ownership of a County-owned 2008 E350, a shuttle-type bus.  Up until now, the bus has been utilized by the County’s ParaTransit system. Read more

Released:07-22-2014 | See More _Newsroom

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Westchester Legislators’ Public Information Session on Playland Revitalization a Big Success

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White Plains, NY – More than 200 people flocked to the Little Theater at the Westchester County Center last night for a public information session on the four proposals to revitalize Playland, the 280-acre County Park and National Historic landmark. The event was hosted by the Westchester County Board of Legislators and moderated by Legislator Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining), chair of the BOL’s Government Operations Committee

 

The info session began with trade show-style presentations from representatives of the four revitalization proposals—Sustainable Playland, Standard Amusements, Central Amusements and the Paidia Company / Legoland—and attendees spent over an hour perusing displays, talking with the various representatives and gathering flyers and other materials related to the different proposals. The BOL’s entire Democratic caucus and one Republican legislator also showed up for the event.

 

The four proposals were presented in detail to the public, and then Borgia led an hour-long Q & A period in which both broad and specific concerns were addressed to the representatives of the revitalization proposals.

 

“I’m very pleased that so many people turned out for this information session,” said Borgia. “It was important for our evaluation process to give members of the public an opportunity to see the four proposals side by side and discern the differences between them. That’s the level of openness and transparency to the decision-making process regarding the future of Playland rightfully deserves.”

 

The BOL moved forward last month with its evaluation of the top four proposals for the revitalization of Playland when the BOL Government Operations Committee outlined goals for the decision process and began in-depth discussions with the four Playland RFP respondents regarding proposed operations, financial viability and intended modifications to the park and infrastructure.

 

Many of the questions fielded by the representatives of the four proposals dealt with economic viability, maintaining Playland’s amusement offerings, environmental protections, public access and projected attendance figures.

 

“The Board of Legislators has made a lot of information is available on the decision process because the revitalization of Playland will impact residents throughout the county, as well as in Rye,” said Borgia, who added that the BOL Government Operations Committee will soon make its own recommendation about which Playland proposal is right for Westchester.

 

“After that, the Board of Legislators will look to collaborate with the Administration in working with the group entrusted with Playland’s future,” said Borgia.

 

In today’s meeting of the County’s Acquisition and Contract Board, BOL Chairman Jenkins (D-Yonkers) provided for the record prior legislation showing that in 1980 the BOL had approved the management agreement with Marriott to operate Playland.

 

Also, the BOL has retained the services of an outside auditor to review the financial aspects of all four Playland revitalization proposals.

 

Links to each of the Playland proposal presentation can be found on the Government Operations Committee page on the BOL website: http://westchesterlegislators.com/committees.html?id=2029

Tags: District 9-Catherine Borgia Government Operations (2012-13 Term) parks Playland

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