Great news for New Rochelles kids and soccer, softball and baseball players

1/5/2010 9:13:00 AM

(New Rochelle, NY) ~ County Legislators Jim Maisano (R, New Rochelle) and Vito Pinto (D, Eastchester) announced that in the final meeting of the Westchester County Board of Legislators for 2009, they pushed through legislation that the two legislators have worked on for several years together with the City of New Rochelle, which will provide New Rochelle with $9.8 Million in County Legacy funding to fully upgrade City Park’s athletic fields.  City Park, long in need of remediation, will now get it under a deal brought about by Maisano and Pinto’s leadership and persistence. Plans call for a state-of-the-art multi-use facility that will also serve football, field hockey and lacrosse players.

Maisano stated, “Vito and I refused to take “NO” for an answer and demanded this legislation be passed prior to end of 2009.  This is a tremendous victory for the City of New Rochelle.  City Park will be one of the flagship athletic facilities in Westchester and our athletes, from children to adults, will greatly enjoy playing sports on these upgraded fields.  As the father of a soccer and baseball player, I know very well how much improvement is needed at New Rochelle’s athletic fields.”

Pinto added, “Passing this legislation has been my priority for several years now and I am thrilled to help push this legislation through in the final weeks of 2009.  We worked in a positive and bipartisan way at both the county and city level, and this collaborative effort is a great example of putting people first and getting something wonderful done for the people of New Rochelle.  These new fields will provide New Rochelle with a first-class athletic facility.  I look forward to watching sports there.”  In exchange for the $9.8 Million in funding, the City of New Rochelle takes responsibility for all county roads in the city, agrees to help develop 185 affordable housing units over five years, and forfeits a minimal road service payment from the County.  Pinto and Maisano noted that the 185 affordable housing units reflect projects already in the planning phase. 

 The city takes over ownership of the following county roads in the city:  Pelham Road, Quaker Ridge Road, part of  Palmer Avenue and Lincoln Avenue, sections of Mill Road, Echo Avenue, Wilmot Road, Weaver Street and Main Street.  The term of the agreement is 15 years during which the county retains an interest in the property for the life of the bonds.  The legislators noted that room was left in the design for a hoped for hockey rink in future years.

Maisano as Minority Leader and Burrows as Minority Whip

1/7/2010 10:22:42 AM



Contact James Maisano 212-895-4200
Or Phil Pepe 914-968-6303 (days/eves) or cell 914-419-7153


White Plains New York- December 29, 2009 - James Maisano County Legislator for District 11 and Gordon A. Burrows County Legislator for District 15 will take on the posts of Minority Leader and Minority Whip respectively.


Maisano who represents about half of New Rochelle and all of Pelham begins his seventh two year term on January 1, 2010. He has previously served as Minority Leader (2003) Minority Whip (2002, 2008 & 2009), Co-Chair of the Rules Committee (2003) chair of the Public Works Committee (2000-2001), Chair of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee (2004-2005) and Chair of the Long Island Sound Committee (1998-2007). He has served on the Legislation and Environmental Committees for the past 12 years.


“The Republican caucus is committed to reforming county government by promoting initiatives to reduce spending, lower taxes and consolidate operations, “ said Maisano. “We look forward to working in a bipartisan way to improve the quality of life in Westchester.”


Burrows has served his district since winning a special election in 2005 in a district that includes part of Yonkers and all of the Village of Bronxville. During his current term he serves on the Public Safety and Government Operations committees.


Burrows said , “I look forward to working with the new majority legislative leadership and with newly elected County Executive Rob Astorino to consolidate government expenditures and reduce taxes,” said Burrows.


Prior, Burrows served on the Yonkers City Council for ten years, for seven of those years as Majority Leader.


County Legislators Bernice Spreckman, District 14 and newly elected 1st District Legislator John Testa are the other two Republican members of the Board.












1/8/2010 1:58:43 PM



(White Plains, NY) ~ Westchester County Board Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) today announced that he has made his recommendations Standing Committees and his selections for Committee Chairs for the 2010-2011 legislative term.  Committee membership will be announced next week.
“I am pleased to recommend these capable men and women to chair the Board’s Committees during this legislative term. We have much work to do and many challenges facing our county. I know that these Legislators will be able to deliver the responsible and accessible government that the residents of Westchester have called for to help move our county in the right direction.”

The following are the list of Standing Committees and Chairs for the 2010-2011 legislative term:

Budget & Appropriations: Jose Alvarado, Chair (Yonkers)
The Budget and Appropriations Committee is charged with maintaining the fiscal integrity of the County and with ensuring that Westchester’s taxpayers receive the most efficient and effective government at the least cost.  The Committee reviews and modifies the county budget, monitors all county operational and capital expenditures, analyzes and reviews all fiscally related matters and makes recommendations on those matters to the full Board for consideration and  seeks opportunities for operational reform that will lead to better and less costly county government. The Committee seeks regular input on fiscal matters from the public through public hearings and through monthly meetings of the Citizen’s Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC). Alvarado, who chaired this committee during the 2008-2009 legislative session, has a background in Accounting and has earned a master’s degree in Public Administration/Health Care. He is currently employed as the Special Advisor to the President of White Plains Hospital Center for Outreach to the Hispanic Community.


Legislation: John Nonna, Chair (Greenburgh, Harrison, Mount Pleasant, North Castle, Briarcliff Manor, Pleasantville)
The Committee on Legislation is the clearinghouse for either new county laws or proposed amendments to existing laws.  The Committee will determine if proposed legislation is in keeping with the Westchester County Charter. In addition to reviewing legislation sent to it, the Committee will also write and develop legislation to address emerging and critical issues that impact the quality of life, health, safety and welfare of Westchester residents.  Nonna, the former Mayor of Pleasantville, has served the Board as Chair of the Subcommittee on Litigation. John has practiced law for over 30 years in the area of dispute resolution. He has represented Fortune 500 companies in major litigation and arbitration and is a fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers.

Government Operations, Efficiency and Savings: Michael Kaplowitz (New Castle, Somers and Yorktown)
The Committee on Government Operations, Efficiency and Savings (GO) provides oversight on a number of County projects, issues and initiatives. The Committee initiates and explores topics of public interest and advises the County Board of further action required. Kaplowitz, an attorney, certified financial planner and immediate past Board vice-chairman, has been an aggressive supporter of tax fairness and government consolidation.  He has led the legislative effort to keep the sewage diversion/upgrade issue on the front burner and has been an effective leader in the fight to convert Indian Point to a non-nuclear facility.


Community Services: Alfreda Williams (Greenburgh)
The Community Services Committee ensures that the County provides policies and programs that improve the health, safety, and quality of life for the families and children of Westchester. The Committee conducts oversight of the Departments of Social Services, Health, Community Mental Health, the Office for Women, and any office that provides services to families, including contract agencies.  Williams was the first African-American to be elected Greenburgh Town Clerk and she held that post until 2007.  She has an extensive background in the health care stemming with major health care institutions, including Mount Sinai Medical Center and Columbia University Medical Center where she specialized in human resource administration, management training and development and risk management.


Public Safety & Security: Vito Pinto (Tuckahoe, Eastchester, New Rochelle)
The Committee on Public Safety and Security is to ensure that Westchester residents enjoy the highest level of protection and security possible.  The Committee reviews, evaluates and makes recommendations regarding a wide and varied range of services and departments that plan, coordinate and manage any activity that impacts the safety and well-being of citizens including fire and emergency services, police and law enforcement agencies, correctional and criminal justice services, along with disaster preparedness management. Pinto, the former chair of this committee during the 2008-2009 legislative session, served on the Tuckahoe Village Board and the Eastchester Town Council prior to his election to the County Board.  During his tenure on the Board, Pinto has chaired the Committee on County Officers and Departments, Public Works Committee, Parks Committee and Legislation Committee.


Energy: Martin Rogowsky (Harrison, Port Chester)
This new committee (formerly included in the Environment Committee) was created by Chairman Jenkins to review all public policies that affect Westchester County’s energy needs, rate of consumption and cost to taxpayers, and seeking ways to improve how we go about reducing Westchester’s energy needs through public education, proposing legislation or working with the County administration on energy initiatives. The Committee will work with the State on legislation pertaining to the supply of electricity and natural gas, establishment of electric rates, state-wide energy policy, energy conservation, nuclear power (such as issues related to the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plants), and energy tax credits.  Rogowsky, the immediate past Majority Leader of the Board, started his career in public service in the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs. Later in his career, Rogowsky headed to Washington, DC to serve in the US Department of Energy where he held several jobs including Deputy Assistant General Counsel for the Environment and Acting Director of the Environment, Health and Safety in the Office of Fossil Energy. Rogowsky also spent three months on temporary assignment to the White House Domestic Policy Staff.  In 1998, County Executive Andy Spano appointed Legislator Rogowsky Chairman of the Westchester County Public Utility Service Agency where he served until his election the County Legislature.


Environment: Peter Harckham (Pound Ridge, Katonah, Bedford, Mount Kisco, North Salem, Lewisboro) 
The Committee on the Environment will review all public policies that affect the natural environment of Westchester County including air, water and land-based sites; and, to take steps to improve environmental conditions by means of legislation. The Committee will also oversee all actions -- both governmental and non-governmental -- that affect the collection, transportation and/or disposal of solid waste and recyclables in Westchester County.  Harckham, an affordable housing advocate, has focused extensive energy into protecting the fragile drinking water supplies that serve both the people of northern Westchester and the New York City watershed. He is the founding Chair of the Board’s Septic Sub Committee of the Committee on Environment and Energy, which is comprised of stakeholders in the formulation of septic policy. He led critical negotiations between the County, municipalities, NY State and NY City regarding formulation and implementation of new MS4 Septic requirements. He also successfully led the effort to release $10M of NYC DEP funds to the Town of North Salem for badly needed sewers for Peach Lake to replace failing septic systems that were threatening the NYC drinking supply.


Generational, Cultural & Ethnic Diversity: Bernice Spreckman (Yonkers)
The Committee on Generational, Cultural and Ethnic Diversity cultivates the worth of every individual within the county, develop mechanisms to combat all forms of discrimination and promote mutual understanding and harmony among the county’s myriad racial, ethnic and religious groups. Through its outreach and collaboration efforts, the Committee works closely with advocates and stakeholders within the County to ensure equal access to county services for communities of color, youth, women, seniors, the disabled and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender) communities. The Committee exercises significant oversight responsibility in the implementation of the Human Rights Commission. Spreckman, the former Chair of this committee and the previous Seniors Committee, has served in several posts in Yonkers city government, including three terms as 2nd Ward Councilmember, Councilmember-at-Large, Vice Mayor and Chair of the City Council’s Committees on Rules and Real Estate. Bernice was also elected the first female president of the New York State Councilman’s Association. Spreckman has initiated several successful and innovative programs, including the Shopper’s Shuttle and the Adopt-a-Senior Citizen Center Program, HMO reform, expanding the EPIC program to the disabled and lowering prescription drug prices.


Public Works, Parks, Labor & Transportation: William Ryan (White Plains, Scarsdale)
This new committee (formerly included in the Government Operations Committee) was created by Chairman Jenkins to monitor construction and maintenance projects that relate to county-owned and operated infrastructure, including bridges and county-owned roadways, Westchester County Airport, the Norwood Jackson Correctional Facility and the county’s office buildings, parking structures and county courthouse. The Committee also oversees the Parks Department’s management of Rye Playland, Westchester County Center and the county’s more than 17,000 acres, 50 recreational facilities and 6 public golf courses. The Committee also will evaluate and analyze proposed labor legislation to determine if the legislation is fair to workers and will review and evaluate labor policies.  Ryan, immediate past Chairman of the Board, former Chair of the Public Safety Committee and the current President of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC), has worked as a bank officer, Chair of the Peekskill Housing Authority and Chair of the Peekskill Board of Assessment Review. Prior to his election to the Board, Ryan served as a member of State Assembly with an expertise in the area of state aid to education and he delivered record amounts of aid to school districts in Westchester County, in particular, small city school districts.  From 1985 to 2003, Ryan served the Assembly Speaker, assigned to the Legislative Commission on State-Local Relations, where he handled policy matters involving intergovernmental relations, education finance and aid to localities.


Housing & Planning: William Burton (Ossining, Croton-on-Hudson, Briarcliff Manor)
This new committee (formerly included in the Government Operations Committee) was created by Chairman Jenkins to oversee affordable housing programs, projects and issues, planning topics. For housing and planning issues, the committee includes non-legislator advisory members who are leaders in the business and housing communities.  Burton, the former Chair of the Board’s Committee on Legislation and former Town Supervisor of Ossining, has been a tireless advocate for affordable housing, lowering taxes and making sure that the County infrastructure and the “safety net” are maintained.  As supervisor, Burton led to the purchase of Cedar Lane Park, the first acquisition of recreational land by the town in nearly 20 years. His ideas on how to resolve septic problems along the town’s North State Road commercial corridor spurred economic development. In his six years as Supervisor, Town taxes were reduced 5 times.  Burton joined Westchester County’s Taxi and Limousine Commission as an assistant to the Chair, where he helped develop the rules and regulations for the industry-requested regulatory body and went on to serve as the Commission’s first violations prosecutor.


Rules: Thomas Abinanti (Greenburgh)
The Rules Committee will have oversight of Board structure and organization and appointments. Abinanti, the Democratic Majority Leader, brings to the Board extensive experience in the legislative process and the enforcement of local laws, as well as a deep concern for the quality of life in our community.  Previously, Abinanti served two terms as a Greenburgh Town Councilman. He was legislative counsel to a member of Congress and staff counsel to the New York State Assembly Speaker. He served as a prosecuting attorney for the Villages of Ardsley and Dobbs Ferry. He represented the Greenburgh Housing Authority and served as pro bono attorney for the Westchester Coalition for Legal Abortion.














RE: Acceptance of the Chairmanship of the Boards Committee on Government Operations, Efficiency and Savings

1/8/2010 2:16:25 PM



“I appreciate the opportunity to serve in this capacity as the new Chair of the Board’s Committee on Government Operations, Efficiency and Savings.


My colleagues and I have heard the growing frustration of residents in our county in making government leaner, more efficient and cost-effective.


I look forward to working with my colleagues over this term to identify ways to right-size our county government.” 


The Committee on Government Operations, Efficiency and Savings (GO) provides oversight on a number of County projects, issues and initiatives.  This committee will head the Board’s efforts on these fronts:


  • Tax fairness
  • County government efficiencies
  • Shared Services
  • Consolidation
  • Mandate relief

This role will handle County government restructured, Business Advisory Council, Collaborative Assessment, Charter modifications and will coordinate the efforts with the County Association, Business Council and the Municipal Officials Association.  This role will involve having public hearings throughout the County, working with our State officials, legislators and lobbyists.  Kaplowitz, an attorney, certified financial planner and immediate past Board vice-chairman, has been an aggressive supporter of tax fairness and government consolidation. Kaplowitz authored county government consolidation plan, which would investigate streamlining mechanisms as a way of achieving efficiencies in response to citizen demands for services and cost-savings. 










1/8/2010 4:02:26 PM


The Pleasantville Village Board of Trustees will be meeting in public work session with state and county lawmakers, along with representatives of the NYS Public Service Commission to discuss the scope and impact of Con Edison’s tree cutting and removal in connection with transmission and distribution maintenance program


Speakers to attend (still in formation):

  • Westchester County Legislator John Nonna
  • State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins
  • Members of the Pleasantville Village Board
  • Representatives from the NYS Public Service Commission


Pleasantville Village Hall 
80 Wheeler Avenue (corner of Bedford Road)


Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 12:30pm SHARP!