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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 Honor State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins

NY State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins

White Plains, NY – As part of its annual Black History & Heritage Celebration, which was held last night, the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) honored a former member—New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins—for her many achievements and recent election as Democratic Conference Leader, the first woman in New York state history to hold this important political position.

 

In his remarks during the celebration, which took place before the BOL’s regular meeting in the Chamber, BOL Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) called Stewart-Cousins “an African American whose public service, dedication and compassion serve as superb examples for all Americans.” He added that the state senator has been “a major influence on my career in public service,” and as the new Democratic Conference Leader in the New York State Senate she will “build the kind of bridges in state government over which progress and reform will travel.”

 

Before her election to the State Senate in 2006, Stewart-Cousin served ten years in the BOL, representing the 17th legislative district in Yonkers, which Jenkins now represents.

 

BOL Vice Chair Lyndon Williams (D-Mount Vernon) quoted James Weldon Johnson’s poem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (set to music by Johnson’s brother, it is also known as “The African-American National Anthem”) and referenced Stewart-Cousins’ new position in the State Senate with one line from the poem, “…till now we stand at last / Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.”

 

Legislator Alfreda Williams (D-Greenburgh) presented a proclamation to Stewart-Cousins and noted that the state senator is recognized as a strong advocate for human rights, quality education, affordable health care and making government more efficient.

 

“For a decade Senator Stewart-Cousins served here on the County Board of Legislators where she was elected Majority Whip and later Vice Chair,” continued Legislator Williams. “She authored and pushed for approval landmark legislation like Westchester’s first human rights law, plus laws guaranteeing living wages and smoke-free workplaces, protecting residents against predatory lenders and providing tax cuts for seniors and veterans. We are proud of her. And we are in awe of her many deeds. She is a wonderful example to us all here on this Board.”

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Photo above: New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins speaking at the BOL’s Black History & Heritage Celebration (Photo credit: Westchester County Board of Legislators / Aviva Meyer)

 

BOL Vice Chair Lyndon Williams, State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Legislator Alfreda Williams and BOL Chairman Ken Jenkins

(Photo credit: Westchester County Board of Legislators / Aviva Meyer)

NY State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins

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