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Legislator Gelfarb Honors Long-Time Community Volunteer, Descendant of Historic Rye Family

Legislator Gelfarb Honors Long-Time Community Volunteer, Descendant of Historic Rye Family

On Monday as part of the Board of Legislators annual Black History and Heritage Celebration, Legislator David Gelfarb (R) Rye Brook, Harrison, Port Chester, presented a Proclamation to Doris Bailey-Reavis of Port Chester in honor of her many years of civic-engagement including, serving as a Life Member and President of the Port Chester/Rye NAACP, a member of the Port Chester Strategic Planning Committee, the League of Women Voters, the Council... Read more

Released:02-17-2017 | See More _Newsroom

Legislators Tubiolo, Testa Introduce Legislation Banning Synthetic Marijuana

Legislators Tubiolo, Testa Introduce Legislation Banning Synthetic Marijuana

Legislator David Tubiolo (R) Yonkers, Mount Vernon, has proposed a Local law which would ban the sale or possession of chemical compounds known as synthetic marijuana in Westchester County. Minority Leader, Legislator John Testa (R) Peekskill, is co-sponsoring the Act which was taken up for discussion on Monday in the Board of Legislators (BOL) Legislation Committee. Read more

Released:02-16-2017 | See More _Newsroom

Democratic Caucus Introduces ‘Immigrant Protection Act’ --- Stands up Against President Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Agenda

Democratic Caucus Introduces ‘Immigrant Protection Act’ --- Stands up Against President Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Agenda

(WHITE PLAINS, NY) Today, members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators Democratic Caucus introduced an Act aimed to alleviate many of the concerns surrounding inhumane treatment of their immigrant brothers and sisters and the fear working with local law enforcement often instills in them.   The bill, titled the “Immigrant Protection Act”, codifies existing County policy while also drawing from model ordinances put forth by the New York Attorney General’s office... Read more

Released:02-08-2017 | See More _Newsroom

Westchester Democratic Caucus Join Fellow Citizens in Peaceful Resistance

Westchester Democratic Caucus Join Fellow Citizens in Peaceful Resistance

(WHITE PLAINS, NY) Members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators Democratic Caucus attended various events throughout the County this weekend in solidarity with many of their neighbors. Hundreds of Westchester Residents came out in cold temperatures to show the peace and tolerance they believe are the true values of Westchester County. “To see members of the community unite together was truly inspiring,” says Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining). No matter... Read more

Released:02-06-2017 | 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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