DISTRICT 7
Mamaroneck, Rye, Larchmont, part of New Rochelle, part of Harrison
Catherine Parker

Catherine Parker was elected to the Westchester County Legislature in November 2013 and re-elected in 2015, 2017 and 2019 to represent the constituents of the 7th Legislative District.

The 2017 election returned a Democratic super-majority to the Board, and Legislator Parker was thrilled to be selected as Majority Leader of the Democratic Caucus for the 2018-2019 Legislative Term. The November 2019 election saw Democrats capture 16 of the 17 legislator races.

The most recent term began with governments, healthcare professionals, nonprofits and businesses on their heels as a result of the pandemic, causing a flurry of activity that needed to be addressed. When it became clear that COVID-19 was not a short-term issue, Legislator Parker was asked by County Executive George Latimer and Board of Legislators Chairman Ben Boykin to Co-Chair the Westchester County Pandemic Task Force. The Task Force was initiated in June 2020, and consisted of both government officials and 26 industry leaders, representing various business sectors across the county. Catherine, having been a small business owner for over 20 years, clearly understood the tough road ahead for businesses and their employees, and the task force’s mission would be to help shepherd the county back from the pandemic shutdown. The group has played a crucial role in creating proper guidelines and practices for businesses, nonprofits, and organizations seeking to return to normalcy following the devastating effects that COVID-19 has brought with it. Seeing the impact that the pandemic had on Westchester County restaurants as they were forced to close indoor dining and rely on take-out and delivery orders, Legislator Parker sponsored legislation to cap food delivery fees charged by third party companies like Uber Eats, DoorDash and Grub Hub. The legislation passed with bipartisan support and was signed into law by the County Executive in October.

Catherine Parker serves as Chair of the Planning, Economic Development & Energy Committee. She also serves on the Budget & Appropriations, Environment & Health, Intergovernmental Services, Labor & Housing, Parks & Recreation, and Public Works & Transportation Committees. She is also the appointed Board of Legislators representative of the Westchester County Parks, Recreation and Conservation (PRC) Board. The PRC is responsible for developing, recommending and approving programs and plans for parks and open space development, as well as regulating their use and the setting of any associated fees charged to the public.

Legislator Parker is known throughout Westchester County for her work on environmental issues. She was instrumental in the passage of environmental laws such as the leaf blower ban and plastic bag ban in her home community. With the support and partnership of environmental groups throughout the county, Parker has seen the county move forward on legislation that reduces our reliance on fossil fuels, cleans our water and air, and protects our communities from flooding. She has sponsored, co-sponsored and passed legislation to ban dirty residual heating oil, ban on Styrofoam, and the creation of the position of County Energy Director and the Office of Sustainability, to name just a few.

Catherine Parker has always been very active locally, and has volunteered for many organizations, in the hope of making her community a better place for all residents.

Catherine is a fourth-generation Westchester resident and considers herself extraordinarily blessed to live in Westchester with her husband David Walker and her two children, Julia and Aidan.