Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Rye
Catherine Parker

County Budget Conversation with Legislator Parker.
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Catherine Parker was elected to the Westchester County Legislature in November 2013 and re-elected in 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021 to represent the constituents of the 7th Legislative District.

The last two years have seen 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.

More recently Sound Shore residents have seen additional challenges to our district in the form of Hurricanes Henri and Ida. Many residents experienced loss of property or home, and Legislator Parker’s office has worked alongside the County Executive’s office, as well as with our state and federal representatives to provide assistance with FEMA, even having a FEMA office set up in the district.

Catherine Parker serves as Chair of the Human Services, Human Rights & Equity Committee. She also serves on the Budget & Appropriations, Economic Development, Environment, Energy & Climate, Housing, Law & Major Contracts, Parks & Recreation and Public Works & Transportation Committees.

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.