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Chairman Kaplowitz Announces New “Group Advocacy” Staff and Webpage

Chairman Kaplowitz Announces New “Group Advocacy” Staff and Webpage

The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) has added a new feature to the BOL website called the “Group Advocacy” page. The “Group Advocacy” page is designed to give Westchester County residents a streamlined way to track the status of certain pieces of Legislation that are being considered for passage by the Board of Legislators. The items featured on this page are issues of importance to large groups and constituencies.... Read more

Released:08-18-2017 | See More _Newsroom

Immigrant Protection Act Approved---Astorino Veto Would Put Westchester Residents at Risk

Immigrant Protection Act Approved---Astorino Veto Would Put Westchester Residents at Risk

(WHITE PLAINS, NY) In a sign of support for Westchester’s immigrant community, the Immigrant Protection Act, an Act introduced by Majority Leader Catherine Borgia & 7 Democratic Legislators in February, passed with a bi-partisan vote of 10-5. Read more

Released:08-08-2017 | See More _Newsroom

Statement From Republican Legislators Who Voted ‘No’ on Immigration Protection Act

Statement From Republican Legislators Who Voted ‘No’ on Immigration Protection Act

We believe the Immigration Protection Act (IPA) is well intentioned legislation but it provides little in new protections for immigrants living in our communities. Starting with Executive Order No. 4 of 2006 by the previous County Executive and for the last 7+ years of the current County Executive, Westchester County does not investigate or detain any resident based solely on their immigration status. The same policy stands today throughout municipal... Read more

Released:08-07-2017 | See More _Newsroom

Board of Legislators Chairman Mike Kaplowitz’ Statement on HUD’s Acceptance of Analysis of Impediments

Board of Legislators Chairman Mike Kaplowitz’ Statement on HUD’s Acceptance of Analysis of Impediments

“This is a positive day for Westchester County. We have come a long way toward satisfying the terms of the 2009 settlement and as one Legislator, I can say I finally see the finish line. The 750 units of affordable housing that the settlement required are at various stages of construction, We have studied our local zoning and most of the communities that were originally flagged have worked with the... Read more

Released:07-18-2017 | 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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