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Funding for Stormwater Study Receives Bipartisan Support

Funding for Stormwater Study Receives Bipartisan Support

On Monday, the Westchester County board of Legislators (BOL) voted unanimously to release $325,000 from the East of Hudson Water Quality Investment Program Fund for the purpose of conducting a study to identify opportunities for stormwater retrofit projects.  The funds will be provided to the Town of Somers as part of an Inter Municipal Agreement with Westchester County. Somers will coordinate the study on behalf of all 12 communities in... Read more

Released:02-09-2016 | See More _Newsroom

Legislator John Testa Helps Secure Low Interest Loan for Church Solar Installation in Buchanan

Legislator John Testa Helps Secure Low Interest Loan for Church Solar Installation in Buchanan

On Monday, the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) unanimously approved funding in the amount $103,507 to finance the installation of three roof mounted solar arrays and for improvements to the underlying roof structure at St. Christopher’s Church in Buchanan.  Read more

Released:01-26-2016 | See More _Newsroom

Legislators Introduce Economic Development Package at First Meeting after Reorganization

Legislators Introduce Economic Development Package at First Meeting after Reorganization

(WHITE PLAINS, NY) At the first meeting after the Board of Legislators reorganized itself for the start of a new session, several Legislators have introduced their first legislative package of the year to help stimulate economic development in Westchester County.  Read more

Released:01-26-2016 | See More _Newsroom

Westchester Board of Legislators Creates Tool to Help Families Save on Heating Oil

Westchester Board of Legislators Creates Tool to Help Families Save on Heating Oil

  One of the biggest seasonal expenses that Westchester families are confronted with is the cost of heating their homes in the winter time. The Westchester Board of Legislators has come up with a tool to help Westchester families get the best price available. Read more

Released:01-14-2016 | See More _Newsroom

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Stalled LaPorte Capital Project in Mount Vernon Should Move Forward, Say Dem BOL Leaders

File photo of Board Vice Chairman Lyndon Williams speaking about LaPorte capital project in Mount Vernon

 

$120 million revitalization project would provide hundreds of construction jobs

 

White Plains, NY – The LaPorte capital project in Mount Vernon, presently stalled by the Astorino Administration even though its funding has long been approved by the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL), should now move forward, say two of the BOL’s Democratic leaders—thanks to Acting Justice of New York State Supreme Court James W. Hubert’s recent ruling that County Executive Rob Astorino acted improperly after the BOL’s override of his vetoing of capital projects added by the BOL.

 

“The County Executive’s foot-dragging on this important capital project is unacceptable, and now a State Supreme Court justice agrees that it is unlawful as well,” said BOL Vice Chair Lyndon Williams (D-Mount Vernon). “And while keeping this project in limbo has adversely affected the local economy, all of Westchester suffers when an investment like this is not carried out in a timely manner.”

 

As part of the Atlantic Development Group’s planned $120 million downtown revitalization project for the city, the last $4.4 million of funding of the LaPorte development—Westchester County’s contribution to the project—was approved by the BOL in May 2011 but never delivered because of Astorino’s false and spurious claims of procedural oversights. Since then, the final approval of the funding has not moved out of the Astorino-controlled County Acquisition and Contract Board (A&C).

 

All told, the LaPorte project will create an estimated 305 construction jobs and 76 full-time positions in Mount Vernon, which has the highest unemployment in Westchester County.

 

“For County Executive Astorino to take credit for funding Mount Vernon’s Youth Bureau, which he did recently even though those programs have long been funded by the Board of Legislators, while directing his Administration to ignore millions of dollars of capital projects that will benefit the city long-term is partisan politics at its worst,” said Williams.

 

BOL Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) stated he will again move that the $4.4 million approved for the LaPorte development be placed on the A&C agenda and adopted immediately. 

 

“The Astorino Administration would have approved this project right away if it was truly serious about helping the economy of Mount Vernon and creating jobs for Westchester residents,” Jenkins said.

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