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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

Legislators Approve Stormwater Plans for Saw Mill and Pocantico Rivers

Legislators Approve Stormwater Plans for Saw Mill and Pocantico Rivers

White Plains, NY – The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) approved the Stormwater Reconnaissance Plan for the Saw Mill and Pocantico Rivers last night at its regular meeting, thus paving the way for more specific recommendations for physical projects and other actions to address flooding around Westchester and in the municipalities located within the Saw Mill River and Pocantico River watersheds. Read more

Released:06-24-2014 | 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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