Honorees The Rev. Dr. Gregory Robeson Smith & Dr. Brenda L. Galloway Smith surrounded by Board Chair Ben Boykin, Vice Chair Alfreda William, other legislators, and friends and supporters)

White Plains, NY — The Westchester County Board of Legislators on Monday celebrated four outstanding leaders -- the Honorable Symra D. Brandon, first African-American Councilwoman of the City of Yonkers; Lowes Moore, Executive Director of Development of the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon; Dr. Brenda L. Galloway Smith, first African-American woman High School Principal and Superintendent of Mount Vernon schools; and the Rev. Dr. Gregory Robeson Smith, Senior Pastor of Mt. Hope AME Zion Church, White Plains & former President/CEO of the African Development Foundation -- as part of the Board's annual Black History and Heritage Celebration.

Exotic Animals

White Plains, NY — The Westchester County Board of Legislators has introduced legislation to protect wild and exotic animals by prohibiting their appearance at circuses and similar shows.


The Board of Legislators is marking a special anniversary in 2020. Board Chairman Ben Boykin and Herman Geist, the first ever chairman of the BOL, make the announcement.

NY's Plastic Bag Ban Starts March 1st

White Plains, NY — With New York State's ban on single-use plastic bags taking effect March 1, the Westchester County Board of Legislators is taking up legislation to opt into the State's Paper Carryout Bag Reduction Fee. The legislation will be taken up next week by the Board’s Committee on Environment and Health and its Committee on Legislation.

White Plains, NY — In recognition of February as Black History Month, the Westchester County Board of Legislators will celebrate the outstanding achievements and contributions of four individuals in Westchester County.