11/20/2009 10:13:12 AM

 

 

(White Plains, NY) ~ Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman William Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains) met with incoming County Executive-elect Rob Astorino this afternoon at his transition office  discussing the future of county government, developing a bipartisan working relationship and brainstorming on opportunities to streamline, cut costs and improve county government operation.  This was the first face-to-face meeting between two of the county’s top leaders since Astorino’s election win. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/30/2009 10:17:15 AM

 

 

At the request of Board Chairman William Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains), the county has approved an additional $200,000 to fund the design of improvements to the Crane Road Bridge.  This project is initiated by the Westchester County Department of Public Works. Approximately midway along the Bronx River Parkway are two interconnected bridges that cross the Bronx River and the MTA Metro-North Railroad. Located immediately south of Exit 12 (Crane Road) in Scarsdale, and straddling the Greenburgh/Scarsdale municipal border, the two connected bridges are referred to as a single structure that is known as the Crane Road Bridge (or Viaduct). 

 

“This is yet one more example of how the County works collaboratively with the state and federal government to benefits its citizens,” said Chairman Ryan. “This project will begin construction in 2011 using over $45 million in state and federal funding.  As the fiscal crisis deepens, now more than ever, the County is doing everything possible to help provide vital services to our residents while creating partnerships with government at all levels to reduce costs to taxpayers.”

 

In recent years, the Crane Road Bridge has become increasingly deteriorated with two separate incidents involving holes that developed in the concrete deck of the “Mushroom Bridge” and resulted in emergency travel lane closures until repairs could be completed. The first incident occurred in December 2006, and the second in July 2007.  Both bridges were constructed in 1925 and underwent rehabilitation in 1956, 1981, and 1990, with an interim bridge repair program occurring in 2008. The funding was made available by the county, along with $800,000 in non-county funds from the Federal Surface Transportation program.  Westchester County and the agencies involved in funding and approving this project have recognized the unique historic and environmental character of the Crane Road Bridge to the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/30/2009 10:17:15 AM

 

 

At the request of Board Chairman William Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains), the county has approved an additional $200,000 to fund the design of improvements to the Crane Road Bridge.  This project is initiated by the Westchester County Department of Public Works. Approximately midway along the Bronx River Parkway are two interconnected bridges that cross the Bronx River and the MTA Metro-North Railroad. Located immediately south of Exit 12 (Crane Road) in Scarsdale, and straddling the Greenburgh/Scarsdale municipal border, the two connected bridges are referred to as a single structure that is known as the Crane Road Bridge (or Viaduct). 

 

“This is yet one more example of how the County works collaboratively with the state and federal government to benefits its citizens,” said Chairman Ryan. “This project will begin construction in 2011 using over $45 million in state and federal funding.  As the fiscal crisis deepens, now more than ever, the County is doing everything possible to help provide vital services to our residents while creating partnerships with government at all levels to reduce costs to taxpayers.”

 

In recent years, the Crane Road Bridge has become increasingly deteriorated with two separate incidents involving holes that developed in the concrete deck of the “Mushroom Bridge” and resulted in emergency travel lane closures until repairs could be completed. The first incident occurred in December 2006, and the second in July 2007.  Both bridges were constructed in 1925 and underwent rehabilitation in 1956, 1981, and 1990, with an interim bridge repair program occurring in 2008. The funding was made available by the county, along with $800,000 in non-county funds from the Federal Surface Transportation program.  Westchester County and the agencies involved in funding and approving this project have recognized the unique historic and environmental character of the Crane Road Bridge to the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/2/2009 10:48:45 AM

 

 

E-newsletter sent by the Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc.

 


On Thursday October 22 the Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc. held their 2009 Legislative Advocacy Breakfast. Held in conjunction with the national Lights on Afterschool celebration, the event reinforced the importance of after school programs to children’s success and safety.  Legislator Judy Myers was honored as a Friend of After School in Westchester County for her support of school age programs and all early care and education programs.

 

The Advocacy Breakfast featured a ‘Town Hall’ meeting at which six children from the Harrison Children’s Center, Harrison Avenue After School Program and Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School After Care School Program asked our elected officials about their after school experiences.  Legislator Ken Jenkins, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer, Assemblyman Adam Bradley, Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Legislator Judy Myers participated in the Town Hall meeting. 

 

The hours after school, between 3 and 6 pm, are prime time for juvenile crime.  Today, about one third of all school-age children, an estimated five million between ages five and 13, are so-called latchkey children - kids who care for themselves while parents are at work. One third of all complaints to child welfare agencies involve latchkey children.  Studies have found that latch-key kids are more likely to use alcohol, cigarettes, and illegal drugs than children who are supervised after school.

 

After school programs provide, among other things, socialization, positive role models, learning and enrichment, and contribute to healthy lifestyle options for children.  They improve school attendance and engagement in learning, as well as test scores and grades.  Those children who participate more frequently and for longer periods of time are most likely to benefit from out of school time activities.  In addition, children who participate in after school programs show significant improvement in three major areas:  feelings and attitudes, increased indicators of behavior adjustment which includes positive social behaviors and reduction in aggression, conduct problems and drug use, and increased school and achievement test scores. 

 

Often times after school programs provide children with opportunities to meet needs that schools can’t:  personal attention from adults, positive peer groups and activities that hold their interest and build self esteem.

 

A recent survey by the Afterschool Alliance found that in 2005/2006, 86% of providers surveyed said that children in their communities who need after school programs do not have access to them. 

 

Finding and sustaining funding to support out of school time programs is critical to developing and continuing promising after school efforts over the long term.  This includes making better use of existing funds, maximizing available federal dollars creating more flexibility in funding streams, the development of new dedicated revenue sources for after school programs and creating partnerships between public and private sector organizations and funding sources. 

 

Thank you for your continued support of after school programs in Westchester County.