In a fitting tribute to President''s Day, the day we celebrate the birthdays'' of Washington and Lincoln, Westchester County has taken the first important step in saving the Miller House. This historic farmhouse in North White Plains (Town of North Castle) is where General George Washington stayed during the Battle of White Plains. Built in 1738, the farmhouse has been exposed to the elements for 270 years and is in poor condition.

This week we approved a $55,000 contract with Landair Project Resources, Inc. to assess the condition of the farmhouse and its site on Virginia Road and to make recommendations for its preservation. Landair''s study will begin shortly and a report will be released this spring.

The Miller House, like the Jacob Purdy House in White Plains, reminds us of General George Washington, the Continental Army and the hard-fought struggle of the American Revolution that gave birth to this great country. The preservation of the Miller House is necessary if we are to ensure that future generations can visit actual historic sites and connect with our country''s and this area''s rich history.
Miller House

Many local residents have brought to our attention the need to save this historic structure. Rob Hoch, president of the White Plains Historical Society, recently said, "The Elijah Miller house is an important symbol of our Revolutionary Era. It is fitting that the county is taking necessary measures to ensure its preservation."

Incidently, in celebration of President''s Day, the Miller House and the Jacob Purdy House will be open to the public this Sunday, February 17th. The Miller House at 140 Virginia Road in North White Plains will be open from Noon to 3:00 PM. The Purdy House at 60 Park Avenue in White Plains will be open from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Admission is free.

Happy President''s Day and enjoy your weekend!













Yonkers, NY – Westchester County Legislator Jose Alvarado (D-Yonkers) is reaching out to the public on behalf of the family of slain deliveryman Martin Antonio Perez (pictured) . The 25-year old Yonkers father was gunned down in a stairwell last night while delivering a food order to an apartment at 50 Hawthorne Avenue in Yonkers.

Legislator George Oros (R-C/Cortlandt) recently teamed up with Peekskill NAACP President Bob Spencer to donate six used computers for economically challenged youngsters in the Peekskill area.

The 11th Annual Celebration of  Italian Heritage & Culture Month  at the Westchester County Board of Legislators


In celebration of October as Italian Heritage and Culture Month in Westchester,  the Westchester County Board of Legislators, along with the Westchester Coalition of Italian American Organizations and the Westchester Italian Cultural Center, presented Westchester students with proclamations honoring them as the county''s outstanding Italian language students.

Please see below for names of honorees, listed according to the district in which they live. Also listed is the student''s high school and Italian language teacher.

As part of the celebration, each County Legislator presented a Certificate of Merit to the teacher-selected outstanding Italian language student in his or her district.  

District 1—Hon. George Oros
Julien Levesque
Hendrick Hudson High School
Silvana Cappabianca

District 10—Hon. Vito Pinto
John Astarita
Eastchester High School
Lucrezia Lindia


Lauren Sears
Tuckahoe High School
Antonietta DeAngelis

District 2—Hon. Ursula LaMotte
Alessandro Marchetti
The Montfort Academy
Mara Persampieri
District 3—Hon. Sue Swanson
David Caso
Westlake High School
Rossana Caringi
District 11—Hon. James Maisano
Rebecca Maxfield
New Rochelle High School
Maria Notaro
District 4—Hon. Mike Kaplowitz
Cathryn Cardillo
Yorktown High School
Dominic Passarelli
District 12—Hon. Thomas Abinant
Katia Vieira
Ardsley High School
Annamaria Forte
District 5—Hon. William Ryan, Chair
Alissa Brunetti
White Plains High School
Giuseppe Spedaliere
District 13—Hon. Clinton Young
Justin Schnabel
Mount Vernon High School
Lucia Vetrone
District 6—Hon. Martin Rogowsky
Riya Goyal
Harrison High School
Rita Delli Carpini
District 14—Hon. Bernice Spreckman
Christopher Ceriello
Lincoln High School
Giovanna DeAngelis
District 7—Hon. Judy Myers
Nicola Paracchini
Rye Neck High School
Rita Maria Carolini
District 15—Hon. Gordon Burrows
Mercedes Aquino
Roosevelt High School
Nancy Adorno
District 8—Hon. Lois Bron
Rachel Davis
Woodlands High School
Maria Vannucci
Dist. 16—Hon. Ken Jenkins
Amber Cannady
Gorton High School
Carmela Cevetillo
District 9—Hon. William Burton
Lucia Muñoz
Ossining High School
Francesca Amedeo
District 17—Hon. Jose Alvarado
Hye Ji Choi
Yonkers High School
Maria DiBello

County Board Bill Ryan started the tradition three years ago of formally acknowledging the many contributions the Jewish community has made to our country and our county.