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Westchester Legislators Provide Continued Oversight of Flood Mitigation Efforts on Bronx River

Westchester Legislators Provide Continued Oversight of Flood Mitigation Efforts on Bronx River

White Plains, NY – The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) continued its oversight of stormwater management efforts in flood prone areas and began laying groundwork for new mitigation projects this week when it held a July 16 meeting of the Bronx River Advisory Board (BRAB), which is chaired by Legislator Bernice Spreckman (R-Yonkers). Read more

Released:07-18-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Westchester Legislators Express Opposition to LG Electronics’ Building on Top of Palisades

Westchester Legislators Express Opposition to LG Electronics’ Building on Top of Palisades

White Plains, NY – The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) approved a resolution last night expressing opposition to LG Electronics’ plan to build a 143-foot tall office building on top of the cliffs of the Palisades along the Hudson River, two to three times higher than the tree line. The vote came during the regular BOL meeting. Read more

Released:07-15-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Legislators Shimsky, Williams Participate in Groundbreaking Ceremony for Old Croton Aqueduct's Keeper's House

Legislators Shimsky, Williams Participate in Groundbreaking Ceremony for Old Croton Aqueduct's Keeper's House

On Friday, June 27th, 2014, County Legislators MaryJane Shimsky and Alfreda Williams were among the elected officials present at the groundbreaking ceremony at the Keeper's House Visitor Center, on the Old Croton Aqueduct in Dobbs Ferry.  Once rehabilitated, the 19th century structure will be used for exhibits, offices and restrooms. Read more

Released:07-14-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Legislators Williams and Boykin Kick Off “Recycling Rangers” Program with White Plains Day Campers

Legislators Williams and Boykin Kick Off “Recycling Rangers” Program with White Plains Day Campers

White Plains, NY – Westchester County Legislators Alfreda Williams (D-Greenburgh) and Ben Boykin (D-White Plains) kicked off the “Recycling Rangers” program with 160 participating grade-schoolers yesterday at the Bits ‘n’ Pieces Enrichment Camp, a summer program run by the White Plains Youth Bureau and held at the Church Street Elementary School here in White Plains. Read more

Released:07-10-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Democratic Legislators and Community Leaders Call for Continuing Participation in Federal Block Grant Programs

Democratic Legislators and Community Leaders Call for Continuing Participation in Federal Block Grant Programs

   White Plains, NY – Democratic caucus members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL), local elected officials and various community leaders called today for the County’s continuing participation in Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs. “For nearly forty years, Westchester County municipalities have been able to complete significant capital projects and run beneficial programs thanks to community development block grant funds delivered to us by the federal government,” said... Read more

Released:06-27-2014 | See More _Newsroom

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

Playland

 

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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