11/23/2009 12:08:26 PM



In its continuing effort to present transparency on stimulus funding within the county, Westchester County Board of Legislators Economic Recovery Task Force Chair Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh) announced the launch of a new website to allow county taxpayers to see precisely where federal and state economic stimulus money was spent. In addition to how and where the money is spent, the site has links to easy-to-understand, user-friendly graphs, charts, and maps. “It is vitally important for the public to see how Westchester County is spending federal stimulus funds,” said Legislator Abinanti. “The site contains all categories of stimulus projects within the county and Task Force reports, as well as links to state, federal and other sites.”  The online resource guide can be found on the County Board’s website, http://www.westchesterlegislators.com/Committees/2008_2009Term/Economic%20Recovery%20Task%20Force/Index.htm


Earlier this year, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) proposed by President Obama.  A direct response to the looming economic crisis, the Recovery Act has three immediate goals -- the creation of new jobs, as well as retaining existing ones, the need to spur economic activity and invest in long-term economic growth.  Additionally, because of reporting and auditing requirements, it fosters unprecedented levels of accountability and transparency in government spending.  “This is one more example of how the County informs its citizens of resources through our use of technology,” said Board Chairman Bill Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains). “These ARRA funds are being used to build a foundation for economic growth by revitalizing infrastructure, job retention and to advance the creation of new jobs, especially in ‘green’ industries.  As the fiscal crisis deepens, the County Board is doing everything possible to update taxpayers about stimulus projects in their communities.”