6/15/2009 12:13:33 PM

 

 

Click here to read Lyndon Williams’, District 13 Spring 2009 Newsletter.

 

 

 

 

 

New Committee to help strengthen this important component of Westchesters economy

6/16/2009 2:29:00 PM

 

 

(White Plains, NY) ~ Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman William Ryan (D, I, WFP-White Plains) announced today that he is creating a new special committee of the Legislature to focus on the needs of minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE).  In announcing the new panel, Ryan said the main objective is to strengthen existing minority and women-owned businesses throughout the county and to promote the growth of this important component of the county’s economy. 

 

“Small and mid-tier businesses and the jobs in these segments are the core of the local economy.  Job creation is the key to pulling out of this economic recession.  Retaining and creating new jobs in the growing MWBE component of our economy will help the recovery process.  New job opportunities and putting people back to work will ensure a stronger economy in the months and years ahead,” said Chairman Ryan. 

 

Chairman Ryan has named Legislator Lyndon Williams (D-Mount Vernon) to serve as Chair of the new committee, which will have direct oversight over the county’s MWBE program and bid-contract award process.  “This new special committee will work to remove barriers and ensure that any resident who seeks to become financially independent by engaging in business and entrepreneurship will find a fair and open environment in Westchester,” said Legislator Williams.

 

The creation of the Special Committee on Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises is the second step in three months taken by Chairman Ryan to engage the County Board in work aimed at boosting the local economy.  Back in March, the Chairman established the Legislative Task Force on Westchester Economic Recovery to ensure that the county is taking maximum advantage of the stimulus money being made available to counties from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and to work with local governments, business groups, non-profits, and the public to develop ideas and initiatives to boost the economy on the local front. 

 

“Early on, the Task Force identified an immediate need to address the concerns of minority and women-owned businesses,” said Ryan.  Legislator Williams added, “In recent years, MWBE’s have come under much state and federal scrutiny.  Unfortunately, it’s been determined that this growing segment of our business sector has been underutilized and often overlooked during the competitive bidding / contract awarding process.  This new special committee will be empowered to push an aggressive legislative agenda that will build the capacity of MWBE firms and increase the utilization of qualified MWBE’s throughout the county.” 

 

The discussion of MWBE’s has intensified recently in government circles, especially in Albany. Governor David Paterson has made commitments to encourage and assist state agencies in their efforts to increase participation by MWBE’s on state contracts so as to facilitate the award of a fair share of such contracts. National data reflects that 39.5 percent of minority-owned businesses are Hispanic-owned, 30.0 percent are Asian-owned, 27.1 percent are African American-owned and 6.5 percent are American Indian-owned. According to recent reports, last year, the state spent over $11 billion in discretionary expenditures and MWBE’s only received 3% of state contracts.

 

With regard to economic recovery, Chairman Ryan said “We have an economy in Westchester of varied and diverse components.  Minority and women-owned businesses are an important part of that mix.  A strong and growing MWBE sector will help ensure a successful economic recovery in our region.” 

 

Joining Chairman Ryan and Legislator Williams at today’s announcement were several members of the Board of Legislators and a number of individuals who work to promote MWBE’s.  They include Robin Douglas, President of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Westchester and Rockland Counties, Anne Janiak, Executive Director & Founder of the Women’s Enterprise Development Center, Tracey Mitchell, Director of the Westchester County Office of African American Affairs, John Hsu, Deputy Commissioner of the County Department of Public Works-Departmental Minority Business Liaison, Michael Carriere, Representative for District Council No. 9 – Local 113 (IUPAT) and members of the United Association of Contractors and Developers.

 

“The County Legislature has a history of leading on issues of public interest and concern to its residents, and today, I am thrilled at the creation of this special committee and look forward to rolling out an aggressive agenda,” said Williams.

 

Legislator Williams outlined the unique oversight responsibilities of the new special committee:

 

  • Ensuring Westchester County provide fertile ground for the development of MWBEs, promote employment opportunities, a more open competitive process and fair access to the County’s competitive bid / contract awarding process. 
  • Ensuring the practice of “fair share” contracts, as stated in the State Article 15-A of the Executive Law, is adhered to in Westchester 
  • Examining and addressing the disparities between the numbers of qualified MWBE’s ready, willing and able to perform county contracts for commodities, service and construction and the number of such entities actually engaged in such contracts within the County. 
  • Recommending changes, if any, to state and/or county policies affecting MWBE’s, where appropriate 
  • Reviewing and recommending corrective County action affecting MWBE’s, where appropriate 
  • Ensuring MWBE’s fully participate in opportunities provided by anticipated Federal stimulus initiatives  
  • Promoting and fostering better relationships between the County and MWBEs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/17/2009 12:00:14 PM

 

 

Click here to read Gordon Burrow’s, District 15 Spring 2009 Newsletter.

 

 

 

 

Appointees Approved at the Board’s June 22, 2009 Meeting

6/22/2009 4:04:08 PM

 

 

County Board Approves the Appointment of Carla Glassman to the County’s Women’s Advisory Board
Glassman, from Scarsdale, has been appointed to serve a full term on county’s Women’s Advisory Board

 

The Westchester County Board of Legislators approved the appointment of Carla Glassman as the District 12 representative to the Women’s Advisory Board today during its County Board meeting.  Glassman, a resident of Scarsdale, is the founding partner of Glassman & Brown, LLP, a real estate and guardianship firm, located in White Plains.  Glassman has been a tireless advocate for issues affecting women throughout the County.  Glassman is the former president of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, a board member of the Women’s Justice Center and a former board member of the League of Women Voters of Greenburgh.

 

The Westchester County Women’s Advisory Board works to along with the Office of Women, promotes equal rights, independence, dignity and equity for Westchester County women and their families through education and research, direct and contracted services, and by influencing public policy.

 

The County Executive appoints members, subject to confirmation by County Board of Legislators. All are residents of the County and serve for a 2-year term.  Carla Glassman’s term will begin immediately and serve until December 31, 2010.

 


County Board Approves the Appointment of Maria Leandra Imperial to the County’s Women’s Advisory Board
Imperial, from Yonkers, has been appointed to serve a full term on Women’s Advisory Board

 

The Westchester County Board of Legislators approved the appointment of Miara Leandra Imperial as the District 15 representative to the Women’s Advisory Board today during its County Board meeting.  Imperial, a resident of Yonkers is currently the CEO of the YWCA of White Plains & Central Westchester.  Imperial has been a tireless advocate for issues affecting women throughout the County.  She is a member of the 100 Hispanic Women and a board director for ProBono.net, Inc., a national nonprofit organization that, through close partnership with nonprofit legal organizations across the United States and Canada, increases access to justice for millions of poor people who face legal problems every year without help from a lawyer.

 

The Westchester County Women’s Advisory Board works to along with the Office of Women, promotes equal rights, independence, dignity and equity for Westchester County women and their families through education and research, direct and contracted services, and by influencing public policy.

 

The County Executive appoints members, subject to confirmation by County Board of Legislators. All are residents of the County and serve for a 2-year term.  Imperial’s term will begin immediately and serve until December 31, 2010.

 


County Board Approves the Appointment of Nicholas Vazzana to the County’s Transportation Board
Vazzana, from Pound Ridge, has been appointed to serve a full term on county’s Transportation Board

 

The Westchester County Board of Legislators approved the appointment of Nicholas Vazzana as a member to the county’s Transportation Board today during its County Board meeting.  Vazzana, a resident of Pound Ridge, is the founder and CEO of Multi Dimensional Communications, Inc., which produced and markets numerous educational software programs to nearly all school districts throughout the country.   

 

The Westchester County Transportation Board works to The Transportation Board oversees the county’s surface transportation system, manages the Bee Line Bus System, coordinates specialized transportation programs and oversees the operation of Westchester County Airport.

 

The County Executive appoints members, subject to confirmation by County Board of Legislators. All are residents of the County and serve for a 2-year term. Vazzana’s term will begin immediately and serve until December 31, 2011.

 


County Board Approves the Appointment of Gary Schnorr to the County’s Airport Advisory Board
Schnorr, from Purchase, has been appointed to serve a full term on county’s Airport Advisory Board

 

The Westchester County Board of Legislators approved the appointment of Gary Schnorr as a member to the county’s Airport Advisory Board today during its County Board meeting. 

 

Schnorr, a resident of Purchase, is the president and CEO of Genesys Management Group, a management consulting company that specializes in providing direct management, operational, financial and information technology support to both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. 

 

The Westchester County Airport Advisory Board works to oversee the county’s air transportation system and works with County government officials and private industry on airport concerns and recommendations.

 

The County Executive appoints members, subject to confirmation by County Board of Legislators. All are residents of the County and serve for a 2-year term.  Schnorr’s term will begin immediately and serve until December 31, 2010.

 


County Board Approves the Appointment of Edward Plotkin to the County’s Professional Prequalification Board
Plotkin, from Dobbs Ferry, has been appointed to serve a full term on county’s Professional Prequalification Board

 

The Westchester County Board of Legislators approved the appointment of Edward Plotkin as a member to the county’s Professional Prequalification Board today during its County Board meeting.  Plotkin, a resident of Dobbs Ferry, is the current chairman of the Dobbs Ferry Village Planning Board.  

 

The Westchester County Professional Prequalification Board works to evaluate and qualify professionals on the basis of background, competence and experience.

 

The County Executive appoints members, subject to confirmation by County Board of Legislators. All are residents of the County and serve for a 2-year term.  Plotkin’s term will begin immediately and serve until December 31, 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/23/2009 12:12:04 PM

 

 

Click here to read Jim Maisano’s, District 11 Spring 2009 Newsletter.