Please note: Votes were unanimous (17-0) unless otherwise indicated.

11/25/2009 10:17:08 AM

 

 

APPROVED: Affordable Housing Amendment – 330 Riverdale Avenue (Yonkers)
Act to amend Act 220-2008, authorizing a decrease in the period of affordability for the affordable housing development to be known as 330 Riverdale Avenue in the City of Yonkers -- from 50 years to 30 years. 

 

APPROVED: Resolution-City (Flowers) Park-Lead Agency Status
Resolution declaring that the Board of Legislators has no objection to the New Rochelle City Council assuming the role of lead agency for the environmental review of the project to make improvements to City (Flowers) Park. 

 

PUBLIC HEARING HELD: Housing Stipulation (ADC)
Public Hearing held on a Local Law adopting a Westchester County Policy Statement in compliance with the terms of the settlement of the lawsuit entitled United States of America, ex rel. Anti-Discrimination Center of Metro New York, Inc. v. Westchester County, New York.

 

APPROVED: Housing Stipulation Local Law (ADC)
A Local Law adopting a Westchester County Policy Statement in compliance with the terms of the settlement of the lawsuit entitled United States of America, ex rel. Anti-Discrimination Center of Metro New York, Inc. v. Westchester County, New York. (13-4; No: Rogowsky, Oros, Burrows, Maisano) 

 

OVERED: Labs and Research Equipment Acquisition
A $640,000 Bond Act to finance Capital Project BLR2B: Labs and Research Equipment Acquisition, was overed and postponed for discussion until the Board’s next meeting. (Overed: Oros)

 

APPROVED: Employee Productivity Systems-DSS
$1,250,000 Bond Act to finance Capital Project BIT4A-Employee Productivity Systems. a new clinic management and billing system for the County Department of Social Services. 

 

APPROVED: Budget Transfer Act—$5,987,000 (DOT)
Act amending the 2009 County Operating Budget by a transfer of $5,987,000 to the Department of Transportation (DOT) for Bus Operating Assistance

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS SET

 

The following Public Hearings have been set for December 7, 2009; at 7:30 PM and will be held in the Chambers of the Board of Legislators.

 

  •  Sewer District Modification (Yorktown)
    Public Hearing to modify the Peekskill Sanitary Sewer District by the addition of two (2) parcels of property located in the Town of Yorktown (2930 Gomer Street & 921 Union Road). 
  • Cold War Veterans’ Property Tax Exemption
    Public Hearing on a Local Law to increase the Cold War Veterans’ real property tax exemption authorized by Section 458-b of the Real Property Tax Law, and to extend the exemption to cooperative apartments and property held in trust for the benefit of a veteran. 
  • Water District No. 3 Improvements
    Public Hearing in connection with the proposed increase and improvement of facilities for Westchester County Water District No. 3 - Water Distribution System Improvements. 
  • Sewer District Modification (Harrison)
    Public Hearing to modify the Mamaroneck Sanitary Sewer District by the removal of one (1) parcel of property in the Town of Harrison (109 Pleasant Ridge Road). 

Approved Infrastructure-related Upgrades

 

  • $6,370,000 to finance improvements to Fulton Avenue Bridge-over-Hutchinson River, in Mt. Vernon and Pelham
  • An additional $200,000 (for a total not-to-exceed amount of $3,420,000) in bonds to finance improvements to the Bronx River Parkway at Crane Road over Bronx River and Railroad, in Greenburgh and Scarsdale. 

Appointments & Reappointments to Westchester County Boards

 

The following appointments were approved: 

 

Refuse Disposal District No. 1 Advisory Board
Kathleen Burleson of Cross River
Loretta Hottinger of Mount Vernon

 

Youth Board
Semarley Jarrett of Mount Vernon    
Catherine Borgia of Ossining 

 

African American Advisory Board
Donna Jackson of Mount Vernon

 

The following reappointments were approved: 

 

Human Rights Commission
Karen Cheeks-Lomax of Mount Vernon

 

Public Utility Service Agency
Edward Krauss of Scarsdale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Committee Meeting Preview: Items for Discussion

11/25/2009 2:51:53 PM

 

 

Please note: Latest committee meeting agendas posted online at www.westchesterlegislators.com/calendar 

 

* The full 2010 County Operating Budget Review Schedule can be accessed by visiting the following link: http://www.westchesterlegislators.com/Calendar/2010BudgetReviewSchedule.html
 

 

Monday, November 30, 2009

 

9:30 AM

 

Budget & Appropriations—Hon. Jose Alvarado, Chair; Coordinator: Sally Schecter (995-2832) 

 

2010 County Operating Budget Review

 

The following departments/presentations are scheduled:

 

  • Budget
  • Miscellaneous Budget, Debt Service, Fringe Benefits
  • Finance
  • Board of Legislators 


7:00 PM

 

Public Hearing on 2010 County Operating Budget 

 

John Jay Middle School  -  40 N. Salem Road, Cross River
 

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

 

9:30 AM

 

Budget & Appropriations—Hon. Jose Alvarado, Chair; Coordinator: Sally Schecter (995-2832) 

 

2010 County Operating Budget Review

 

The following departments/presentations are scheduled:

 

  • CBAC Oral Report
  • Correction
  • Probation
     

2:00 PM 

 

Government Operations—Hon. Ken Jenkins, Chair; Coordinators: Tara Bernard (995-6297) & Barbara Dodds (995-4429)

 

Joint with

 

Legislation—Hon. Bill Burton, Chair; Contact: Melanie Montalto (995-8620)  

 

  • Housing Opportunity Commission

 

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

 

9:30 AM

 

Budget & Appropriations—Hon. Jose Alvarado, Chair; Coordinator: Sally Schecter (995-2832)

 

2010 County Operating Budget Review

 

The following departments/presentations are scheduled:

 

  • Solid Waste Commission
  • Environmental Facilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.