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BOL Committee Members Troubled by Possible Environmental Impact from Pipeline Expansion on County’s Blue Mountain Reservation

BOL Committee Members Troubled by Possible Environmental Impact from Pipeline Expansion on County’s Blue Mountain Reservation

Letter to Federal Energy Regulation Committee Demands Additional Review of Project White Plains, NY – In a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) delivered yesterday afternoon, several members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Labor, Parks, Planning & Housing Committee expressed their serious concern with the environmental impacts of the proposed Spectra Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM ) natural gas pipeline expansion project within Blue Mountain Reservation, which... Read more

Released:11-14-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Legislator Harckham Tells Westchester “Stop Leaking Taxpayer Money”

Legislator Harckham Tells Westchester “Stop Leaking Taxpayer Money”

Calls for Audit of County’s Antiquated Plumbing Fixtures White Plains, NY - Westchester County Legislator Pete Harckham (D-North Salem) has proposed a bill at the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) that would direct the County’s Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT) to conduct an audit of water fixtures in all County buildings, parks and other facilities to determine how much water—and taxpayer money—could be saved by the installation of... Read more

Released:10-28-2014 | See More _Newsroom

BOL Majority Leader Borgia Hosts Women’s Business Forum at WCC

BOL Majority Leader Borgia Hosts Women’s Business Forum at WCC

    White Plains, NY - Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining) hosted a forum last week entitled “Keeping the Doors Open for Business” aimed at local small businesses owned and operated by women. The event was the first in a series intended for small businesses in Westchester County. The forum took place at the Westchester Community College (WCC) Gateway Center in Valhalla, NY. The WCC Gateway to... Read more

Released:10-15-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Westchester Legislators Pass Bond Act for Water Treatment, Saves Taxpayers $90 million

Westchester Legislators Pass Bond Act for Water Treatment, Saves Taxpayers $90 million

On Monday, October 6th, the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) passed a critical bond act that will save Westchester County taxpayers up to $80 million and hopefully end the threat of $37,500 per day in fines levied against Westchester County from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).   Read more

Released:10-06-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Vice Chair Maisano Proposes Law to Combat Impact of "Puppy Mills"

Vice Chair Maisano Proposes Law to Combat Impact of "Puppy Mills"

  Westchester County Board of Legislators Vice Chairman Jim Maisano (R, New Rochelle) proposed legislation this week that would ensure that dogs and cats sold by pet "dealers” or “sellers" in Westchester County are maintained in a safe and healthy environment, and his legislation seeks to stop the unregulated flow of puppies from high volume and inhumane breeders and their transporters. Read more

Released:09-19-2014 | 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.

Tags: District 13-Lyndon Williams District 16-Kenneth W. Jenkins Budget Issues

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