9/17/2009 2:44:31 PM

County Legislator George Oros (R/Cortlandt) took part in several events and services throughout his district marking the eighth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. When given the chance to reflect on that day, Oros stressed freedom isn’t free and recognized the courageous sacrifices made on 9/11 and over the years that have secured the many freedoms enjoyed in the United States.



9/18/2009 9:20:37 AM


Newly installed NYSAC President-Elect Chairman Bill Ryan and NYSAC President Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli



(Saratoga Springs, NY) ~ Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman William J. Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains) was installed as 2009-2010 President-elect of the New York State Association of Counties during NYSAC’s Annual Conference, held this week, in Saratoga Springs.  A former NYSAC board director-at-large, Ryan was first elected to NYSAC’s executive committee in 2007.  Ryan is slated to serve as NYSAC President from 2010 through 2011.  “It’s an honor to serve in this capacity,” said Chairman Ryan.  “NYS needs to recognize that its partnership with counties is critical to ensuring service delivery to our residents.  I am eager to work with my colleagues in leadership to help county officials across New York State by finding new ways to operate efficiently and economically.” 


Ryan, a Democrat and a former member of the New York State Assembly, is the longest serving Chairman in the 40-year history of the Westchester County Board of Legislators. First elected Chairman in 2004, he is now in his sixth year as the legislature’s presiding officer. He is in his twelfth year as an elected member of the Board.  Under Bill Ryan’s leadership, the Board has approved measures to keep Westchester’s 1 million residents safe and secure; to protect water and air quality; to uphold our rights as consumers; to re-develop our downtowns and strengthen our economy; to create affordable housing for our workforce and seniors; and to make government more efficient, economical, transparent and accessible to the people. 


“At this time, when governments at all levels are faced with unprecedented fiscal challenges, we are pleased to have a dedicated leadership team that includes our new president-elect William Ryan of Westchester County.  Bill brings a unique combination of county and state legislative experience that will be invaluable to the statewide association as it continues its advocacy efforts to protect property taxpayers from financing more state and federal programs at the local level,” said NYSAC Executive Director Stephen J. Acquario. 


NYSAC is a bi-partisan municipal association that represents, educates and advocates for all 62 member counties and the thousands of elected and appointed county officials who serve the public. The Association represents New York counties before Federal, State and Local officials on matters germane to county governments and informs its membership and the public at large on issues of importance to county governments.









9/18/2009 11:04:29 AM



Westchester County legislators Gordon A. Burrows (R/Yonkers) and Vito Pinto (D/Tuckahoe) held a Town Hall meeting at Concordia College in Bronxville, where they briefed approximately 75 residents and local officials on the pending settlement between the county and the federal government regarding fair and affordable housing. Joined by Legislator Ken Jenkins (D/Yonkers), legislators Burrows and Pinto appreciated the many pertinent questions that were raised at the two-hour meeting.



9/18/2009 3:06:09 PM





Westchester County Board of Legislators will host a ceremony celebrating Jewish Heritage and Pride during the next full Board meeting.  Board Chairman William J. Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains) will present an official proclamation on behalf of the Westchester County Board of Legislators to Ronald Burton, President of the Westchester Jewish Conference and to Jane and Dan Och and Cheryl and Philip Milstein, 2009 Co-Chairs of the Jewish Community Council’s Maccabi Games in Westchester.






Speakers to attend are (still in formation):


  • Westchester County Board Chairman Bill Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains)



  • Westchester County Board Majority Leader Martin Rogowsky (D,I-Harrison)



  • Westchester County Board Vice-Chairman Michael Kaplowitz (D,I,WFP-Somers)



  • Legislator Bernice Spreckman (R-Yonkers)



  • Ronald Burton, President of the Westchester Jewish Conference



  • Jane and Dan Och and Cheryl and Philip Milstein, 2009 Co-Chairs of the Jewish Community Council’s Maccabi Games in Westchester



  • Barbara Davis, New Rochelle City Historian







Westchester County Board of Legislators Chamber
800 Michaelian Office Building
148 Martine Avenue, 8th Floor (corner of Court Street)
White Plains, NY






Monday, September 21, 2009 at 7:00pm SHARP!









The Westchester County Board of Legislators pause to pay tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who have helped form the fabric of American history, culture and society.  The Board hosts an annual ceremony to recognize the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture by celebrating their lives, cherishing the traditions that they embraced, examining their achievements and faith, and affirming the vibrant worldwide Jewish community that is their legacy today.  




Board & Committee Meeting Preview: Items for Discussion

9/18/2009 5:15:39 PM



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


Monday, September 21, 2009


10:00 AM 
Committee of the Whole
meeting to continue discussion on the affordable housing settlement lawsuit.


10:00 AM 
(Meeting time may be adjusted due to COW meeting; please check www.westchesterlegislators.com for up to date meeting time).


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


Joint with Community Services—Hon. Lois Bronz, Chair; Coordinator: Melanie Montalto (995-8620)


  • HEAL NY Grant Program
  • IMA-Department of Health-WCHCC
  • Act-Youth Services Programs

Budget Only


  • Sewer District Modification regarding 183 Union Avenue, Harrison and 19 Century Ridge Road, Purchase
  • Reallocation of  HOPWA Funds
  • Lease Agreement (WCC) Brooks Shopping Centers
  • Grant Park Apartments Affordable Housing Project  
  • Long Island Sound BNR Water Quality Improvement Project; set public hearing regarding proportionate share of costs
  • Resolution to set public hearing on establishment of a tipping fee regarding Refuse Disposal District No. 1
  • Resolution to offer a $10,000 reward from Seized Assets Account related to murder of Pericles Salas
  • Miscellaneous capital projects.

7:00 PM
Regular Meeting of the County BOARD OF LEGISLATORS---- Streamed Live from www.westchesterlegislators.com starting at 7:00 PM


SPECIAL PROGRAM:   Jewish History & Heritage Celebration


Scheduled votes on:


  • Act authorizing 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 and bond act authorizing theCounty of Westchester to issue up to Thirty-Six Million ($36,000,000) Dollars in bonds to fund costs related to the settlement.
  • Resolution setting a Public Hearing on a Local Law amending the laws of Westchester County in relation to the forfeiture of vehicles operated by persons while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or while engaged in unlawful speed contests or races.
  • Resolution supporting an state’s Local Government Efficiency Program application for a $400,000 General Efficiency Planning Grant to finance the costs of developing a County-wide septic system database.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


10:30 AM
Community Services—Hon. Lois Bronz, Chair; Coordinator: Melanie Montalto (995-8620)


Joint with


Generational, Cultural & Ethnic Diversity—Hon. Bernice Spreckman, Chair; Coordinator: Rose Vinci (995-8434)


  • First Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Social Services Diane Atkins will discuss Child Protective Services, child fatality reports, and recent safety violations at Children’s Village.

3:00 PM
Community Services—Hon. Lois Bronz, Chair; Coordinator: Melanie Montalto (995-8620)


  • Adrienne Wald, Director of the Wellness Education & Programming for The College of New Rochelle will discuss the National Plan for Physical Activity conference in Washington, DC which was held in June.