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Committees Advance Funding plan for Mount Vernon Youth Programs

Committees Advance Funding plan for Mount Vernon Youth Programs

On Monday the Board of Legislators (BOL) Seniors and Constituencies Committee and the Budget and Appropriations Committee met jointly to discuss legislation that would provide $179,220 in funding for “Positive Youth Development Programs” in Mount Vernon.  Read more

Released:08-26-2015 | See More _Newsroom

Lyndon Williams Proposes the County Complete Memorial Field Renovations and Remove the Eyesore of a Pile of Rubble at the Entranceway of Mount Vernon

Lyndon Williams Proposes the County Complete Memorial Field Renovations and Remove the Eyesore of a Pile of Rubble at the Entranceway of Mount Vernon

  New Memorial Field Will Restore the Pride and Dignity for Mt. Vernon Residents Read more

Released:08-25-2015 | See More _Newsroom

Legislators Approve Annual Westchester Community College Budget with No Tuition Increase

Legislators Approve Annual Westchester Community College Budget with No Tuition Increase

  On Monday, August 10th, the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) unanimously approved the annual budget for Westchester Community College (WCC).  Read more

Released:08-17-2015 | See More _Newsroom

Legislators Approve Funding to Help Law Enforcement Fight Elder Abuse

Legislators Approve Funding to Help Law Enforcement Fight Elder Abuse

The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) and County Executive Rob Astorino have teamed up to deliver funding that would provide enhanced training to municipal law enforcement agencies to help them address elder abuse, neglect and exploitation including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, involving victims who are 50 years of age or older.  Read more

Released:08-11-2015 | See More _Newsroom

Legislators Approve $9.3 Million to Rehab Sprain Ridge Pool

Legislators Approve $9.3 Million to Rehab Sprain Ridge Pool

On Monday at a special meeting, the Westchester county Board of Legislators (BOL) passed a Bond Act in the amount of $9.3 million for the rehabilitation of the Sprain Ridge Pool in Yonkers.  The measure passed unanimously. Read more

Released:08-03-2015 | 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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