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Chairman Kaplowitz Announces New “Group Advocacy” Staff and Webpage

Chairman Kaplowitz Announces New “Group Advocacy” Staff and Webpage

The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) has added a new feature to the BOL website called the “Group Advocacy” page. The “Group Advocacy” page is designed to give Westchester County residents a streamlined way to track the status of certain pieces of Legislation that are being considered for passage by the Board of Legislators. The items featured on this page are issues of importance to large groups and constituencies.... Read more

Released:08-18-2017 | See More _Newsroom

Immigrant Protection Act Approved---Astorino Veto Would Put Westchester Residents at Risk

Immigrant Protection Act Approved---Astorino Veto Would Put Westchester Residents at Risk

(WHITE PLAINS, NY) In a sign of support for Westchester’s immigrant community, the Immigrant Protection Act, an Act introduced by Majority Leader Catherine Borgia & 7 Democratic Legislators in February, passed with a bi-partisan vote of 10-5. Read more

Released:08-08-2017 | See More _Newsroom

Statement From Republican Legislators Who Voted ‘No’ on Immigration Protection Act

Statement From Republican Legislators Who Voted ‘No’ on Immigration Protection Act

We believe the Immigration Protection Act (IPA) is well intentioned legislation but it provides little in new protections for immigrants living in our communities. Starting with Executive Order No. 4 of 2006 by the previous County Executive and for the last 7+ years of the current County Executive, Westchester County does not investigate or detain any resident based solely on their immigration status. The same policy stands today throughout municipal... Read more

Released:08-07-2017 | See More _Newsroom

Board of Legislators Chairman Mike Kaplowitz’ Statement on HUD’s Acceptance of Analysis of Impediments

Board of Legislators Chairman Mike Kaplowitz’ Statement on HUD’s Acceptance of Analysis of Impediments

“This is a positive day for Westchester County. We have come a long way toward satisfying the terms of the 2009 settlement and as one Legislator, I can say I finally see the finish line. The 750 units of affordable housing that the settlement required are at various stages of construction, We have studied our local zoning and most of the communities that were originally flagged have worked with the... Read more

Released:07-18-2017 | 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.

The Week at the Board

Monday, September 18

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E&RE 03:30 PM
 


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