(WHITE PLAINS, NY) The National Association of Counties (NACo) has confirmed Legislator Catherine Borgia to its Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee.  This committee discusses all matters pertaining to criminal justice and public safety systems, including criminal justice planning, law enforcement, courts, corrections, homeland security, community crime prevention, juvenile justice and delinquency prevention, emergency management, fire prevention and control, and civil disturbances.

Borgia will be working towards completion of NACo’s “Safe and Secure Counties” initiative to showcase current policies on everything from emergency preparedness to jails and courts, infrastructure and transportation to public health.

Westchester County has had several incidents in its correction system over the last few months for which Borgia’s exposure to other systems around the country will be an asset in dealing with.  “There is no doubt that Westchester County needs to do a better job of delivering corrections services than it has in the recent past.  The issues tackled by this committee will be helpful to come up with innovative solutions that both accomplish the goals at hand and minimize the costs to taxpayers and I’m looking forward to being a part of that challenge with colleagues from across the country,” Borgia stated.

Members of the committee are expected to participate in monthly conference calls and attend both NACo’s Legislative and Annual Conference.  The Legislative Conference takes place in Washington D.C. during February and the Annual Conference in Los Angeles during July.  

“Our county has many challenges ahead of us, principally the task of closing a $56 million budget gap, which will require us to be creative in order to make sure that we deliver the services that Westchester residents are accustomed to.  I’m looking forward to hearing some of the solutions that have worked in other parts of the country and bringing them back to Westchester,” Borgia concluded.