6/30/2009 12:15:10 PM

 

 

Click here to read Ken Jenkins’, District 16 Summer 2009 Newsletter.

 

 

 

 

6/30/2009 2:24:29 PM

Click on the report card above to read Legislator Kaplowitz’s NYS Senate Report Card, list of problems and proposed solutions.

County Legislator and Board Vice Chairman Michael B. Kaplowitz (D-I-WF, Somers), joined by angry local residents and business owners, held a press conference today outside the Westchester County’s Department of Social Services Building on Washington St. in Peekskill.  The purpose of the press conference was to present a year-end ‘report card’ on the performance of the NY State Senate. 

“The cost of the State Senate’s immaturity and inaction is going to translate to real dollars for the taxpayers of Westchester County in an already struggling economy,” said Kaplowitz, the immediate past chair and current member of the County Board’s Budget & Appropriations Committee. 

According to Kaplowitz, it is appropriate that the NY State Senate receive a report card, similar to students, at the end of the year’s legislative session.  Given the stalemate in Albany, and the incomplete assignment of doing the people’s business, it is no surprise that Kaplowitz gave the dueling state lawmakers a big, fat ‘F’. 

“Passing these bills is serious business – the people’s business – and our state senators must stop this madness and get back to work,” stated the democratic county lawmaker.  “Just like in school, if you don’t complete the assigned work within the scheduled school year – or in this case, legislative term – then you must go to summer school,” continued Kaplowitz. 

“Enough is enough.  The taxpayers are relying on their state representatives to discharge their duties and bring the relief they promised to Westchester County residents.  They can fight and play games on their own time,” he concluded.

Click here to sign Legislator Kaplowitz’s petition,
"
Let’s Get the Senate Back to Work."

 

7/1/2009 12:17:00 PM

 

 

Click here to read Bill Ryan’s, District 5 Summer 2009 Newsletter.

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan secures over $150,000 in county funds needed to meet the needs of White Plains youth

7/1/2009 6:39:30 PM

 

 

To save vital youth programming, Chairman Bill Ryan (D, I, WFP-White Plains) and the Board of Legislators approved $150,000 over the next three years for the city of White Plains.  These funds will support “Step Up!”, a unique training/mentoring youth development program, designed to foster better relationships between law enforcement and at-risk youth.  

 

Launched as a local youth initiative program in 2006, modeled after a Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention, Step Up! has quickly become a critical component of the city’s efforts to combat gang activity and street violence.  Once youth become engaged with the program, they receive individual case management and wraparound services to address such risk factors as truancy, poor school performance, substance abuse, unemployment, homelessness concerns and family separation issues.   

 

“Today’s youth face many challenges,” said Ryan.  “In just a short time, White Plains’ Step Up! has become the very best program of its kind in Westchester. Programs such as these do a tremendous job in keeping kids out of trouble and off the streets.”  The Step Up! program has serviced more than 110 young people between the ages of 14-21. Some of the program’s most surprising successes are that 80% of youth within the program go on to college and that 90% of youth becoming employed through the summer youth employment program. 

 

As the fiscal crisis deepens, now more than ever, the County Board is doing everything possible to help local government preserve vital resources and programs for youth.  Providing our kids with high-quality youth development and delinquency prevention programs and helping families to keep their children safe and engaged in positive and productive activities are important priorities of the County Board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westchester County Legislator calls on county residents to voice their outrage by signing an online petition

7/3/2009 1:01:18 PM

 

 

In response to growing citizen outrage to the continued deadlock within the New York State Senate, Westchester County Legislator and Board Vice Chairman Michael B. Kaplowitz (D-I, Somers) has launched an online effort to pressure the New York State Senate to reach a power-sharing agreement and get back to doing the people’s business.  The county legislator and immediate past chair of the budget and appropriations committee, has created an outlet from which Westchester County taxpayers can be vocal toward the dead-locked state senate.  Kaplowitz urges all residents of the county to voice their outrage and concern at www.westchesterlegislators.com, where they can sign a petition urging the State Senate to “quit their petty games and get back to work.” 

 

“There is a power vacuum in Albany and we are paying for it” said Kaplowitz.  The State Senate, which has been in a stalemate for nearly three weeks, has postponed numerous pieces of legislation, potentially leading to a 55% property tax increase for all Westchester County residents.  Other pending bills are threatening thousands of local jobs.  “Passing these bills is serious business – the people’s business – and our state senators must stop this madness and get back to work,” said Kaplowitz.

 

At a press conference earlier this week, Kaplowitz released a “report card” on the performance of the State Senate, in which every grade received was that of an “F.”  According to Kaplowitz, it is appropriate that the NY State Senate receive a report card, similar to students, at the end of the year’s legislative session.  Given the stalemate in Albany, and the incomplete assignment of doing the people’s business, it is no surprise that Kaplowitz gave the dueling state lawmakers a big, fat ‘F’.  “Just like in school, if you don’t complete the assigned work within the scheduled school year – or in this case, legislative term – then you must go to summer school,” continued Kaplowitz.  “Enough is enough.  The taxpayers are relying on their state senators to discharge their duties and bring the relief they promised to Westchester County residents.  I’m encouraging all residents to voice their outrage for this behavior by signing the online petition and letting your state senator know how you feel.  They can fight and play games on their own time,” he concluded.