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Sustainable Playland Withdraws from Review Process---Legislators Exercise Due Diligence, Sustainable Playland Backs Out

Sustainable Playland Withdraws from Review Process---Legislators Exercise Due Diligence, Sustainable Playland Backs Out

On April 1st, Sustainable Playland Incorporated (SPI) announced that they would be suspending their participation in the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) review process for their proposed Playland Improvement Plan (PIP). When SPI announced that they were taking a break from the review process, they cited two unresolved legal issues as the causes, first was a lawsuit filed by an individual Legislator which had been dismissed once and then... Read more

Released:04-16-2014 | See More _Newsroom

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  The North White Plains train station parking lot will undergo a major rehabilitation thanks to a $4,000,000 Bond Act that was passed by the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) on Monday, April 7th. The legislation authorizing the bond was sent to the full BOL after being reviewed and approved jointly by the Budget & Appropriations Committee and the Economic Development & Capital Projects Committee. The Infrastructure Committee also reviewed... Read more

Released:04-14-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Legislator Shimsky Attends Anti-Bullying Event

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Released:04-14-2014 | See More _Newsroom

BOL Majority Leader Borgia Gathers Support for Increasing Minimum Age to Purchase Cigarettes

BOL Majority Leader Borgia Gathers Support for Increasing Minimum Age to Purchase Cigarettes

  Millwood, NY – Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining) gathered support for new proposed legislation to raise the minimum age required for the purchase of cigarettes and tobacco-related products in Westchester County at a special press conference today, held at a popular delicatessen here whose owner decided to stop selling cigarettes entirely five years ago. Read more

Released:04-02-2014 | See More _Newsroom

Concerned Residents Turn Out for Public Hearing On Playland Improvement Plan

Concerned Residents Turn Out for Public Hearing On Playland Improvement Plan

White Plains, NY – A capacity crowd of concerned residents turned out this evening for a Public Hearing regarding the Playland Improvement Plan, which was held in the Chambers of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) here in the Michaelian Office Building. Read more

Released:03-19-2014 | See More _Newsroom

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Westchester Legislators Approve Source of Income Legislation

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“Landmark” Bill Slightly Modified from Version Submitted by County Executive Astorino

 

White Plains, NY – The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) approved tonight legislation banning discrimination against potential renters and home buyers based on their source income. The legislation, which has long been sought by advocates for fair and affordable housing, was a slightly modified version of the Source of Income legislation submitted by County Executive Rob Astorino to the BOL in April, and which he’d previously vetoed in 2010.

 

The vote for approval of the legislation was 15-2, with legislators David Gelfarb (R-Rye Brook) and Michael Smith (R-White Plains) voting against it.

 

The one modification for the bill was to change a single exemption. Previously, a landlord living in and owning a rental property with four or less units and maintaining ownership or part ownership in another property of four or less units would be exempted from the law. The modified Source of Income legislation now simply exempts landlords and owners of one property of six or less units.

 

“This legislation will protect seniors, veterans and low-income working families struggling to find an affordable place to live and who depend on government assistance to get by,” said BOL Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers). “No form of discrimination is acceptable in Westchester. Our communities will be stronger because of this legislation, which my colleagues on the Board of Legislators should rightfully be proud of.”

 

The Source of Income legislation, which was passed by the BOL in June 2010 but vetoed by County Executive Astorino, received more scrutiny by the County Board than any other local law in recent years, noted Jenkins. In addition to numerous committee meetings, there were several public hearings, with a variety of stakeholders providing comment, including landlords, tenants, realtors, tenant advocacy groups and business groups.  During a process of “extensive discussion and comment,” the legislation was re-drafted several times, ultimately resulting in the June 2010 legislation.

 

Westchester County was notified by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that it would risk having $7.4 million in 2011 Community Development Block Grant  (CDBG) funds reallocated if Astorino failed to take steps toward promoting Source of Income legislation, as stipulated in the fair and affordable housing settlement between the County and the HUD. Moreover, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara demanded that the County Executive resubmit to the BOL the Source of Income legislation and provide written assurance he would sign the legislation, if passed by the BOL, or risk contempt of court charges and crippling fines against the County.

 

HUD has since declared that the County’s 2012 and 2013 CDBG funds, now totaling $17 million, are also at risk.

 

Although the legislation bans source of income discrimination, it allows landlords to use reasonable business judgment and level of income in evaluating potential tenants. The legislation, which does not apply to cooperative apartments and condominiums, will sunset in five (5) years unless re-enacted, and it includes a 180-day phase-in period. Also, the County will conduct public education and outreach to inform the public about the new legislation once it is signed into law.

 

“The Board of Legislators has done everything possible to help County Executive Astorino promote Source of Income protections for county residents and move Westchester closer to full compliance with the housing settlement,” said Legislator Bill Ryan (D-White Plains), chair of the BOL Legislation Committee. “Now, it’s up to him to show the federal authorities that he’s serious about moving forward with the settlement and protecting our CDBG funds.”

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