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Legislators David Tubiolo and Lyndon Williams Secure Funding for Summer Basketball Program for the City of Mount Vernon

Legislators David Tubiolo and Lyndon Williams Secure Funding for Summer Basketball Program for the City of Mount Vernon

Recently, at the Westchester County Board of Legislators, Legislators David Tubiolo (R-Mount Vernon & Yonkers) and Lyndon Williams (D-Mount Vernon) secured funding for the Summer Basketball Program for the City of Mount Vernon. The grant was for $20,600. Read more

Released:12-02-2016 | See More _Newsroom

Legislators Set Schedule for Budget, Airport Lease Review

Legislators Set Schedule for Budget, Airport Lease Review

On Thursday, The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) received County Executive Rob Astorino’s proposed 2017 Operating Budget.  The $1.8 Billion budget does not raise taxes or cut jobs but it comes with a $15 million hole that the County Executive wants the BOL to fill by passing a 40 year lease with a private equity firm to take over operations at the Westchester County Airport.  The County Executive announced... Read more

Released:11-11-2016 | See More _Newsroom

Budget and Appropriations Committee Reviews Proposed Capital Budget

Budget and Appropriations Committee Reviews Proposed Capital Budget

  On Monday the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Budget and Appropriations Committee met with the County’s Budget Director to review County Executive Rob Astorino’s proposed 2017 Capital Budget.  The Capital Budget details the County’s anticipated costs for infrastructure items like roads, bridges, parks and county owned facilities.  Read more

Released:10-18-2016 | See More _Newsroom

Westchester County Legislators Pass Resolution Against Hudson River Oil Barge Anchorage Site

Westchester County Legislators Pass Resolution Against Hudson River Oil Barge Anchorage Site

On Monday evening, the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) unanimously passed a resolution opposing the U.S. Coast Guard’s plan to create 10 anchorage sites for up to 43 oil vessels in the Hudson River between Yonkers and Ulster County.  Nearly 1000 acres of the Hudson River would be used by the anchorage sites off the shores of Westchester county alone. Read more

Released:09-13-2016 | 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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