Speakers will Present Free Cost-Saving Electricity Reduction, Health and Safety Strategies can Help Mount Vernon Residents Save Energy and Money on their Utility Bills

7/20/2009 3:48:01 PM



(Mount Vernon, NY) ~ Westchester County Legislator Lyndon Williams (D,I,WFP-Mount Vernon) is pleased to host a community forum on energy-reducing incentive for Mount Vernon homeowners.  The forum will begin at 6:30pm on Tuesday, July 21st at the Mount Vernon Library, located at 315 Snoqualmie St. (between South Second and Cleveland Avenue in downtown Mount Vernon).


Legislator Williams has invited EmPower New York to explain how their program can help Mount Vernon residents save money on utility bills.  The focus of EmPower New York is on cost-effective electric reduction measures, particularly lighting and refrigerator replacements, as well as other cost-effective home performance strategies such as insulation, and health and safety measures. On-site energy use education provides customers with additional strategies for managing their energy costs.  EmPower New York offers:


  • FREE energy audits of your home aimed at finding ways for you to save energy and money on your monthly Con Edison bills.
  • FREE replacement refrigerators, where necessary.
  • FREE energy saving light fixtures.
  • FREE energy efficient light bulbs.
  • FREE blow-in insulation, where necessary.
  • FREE health & safety measures such as smoke and CO detectors.

EmPower New York is a program of New York Energy $mart, operated by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a public benefit corporation established by law in 1975, administers funds and programs under an agreement with the Public Service Commission.  New York Energy $mart Programs are designed to lower electricity costs by encouraging energy efficiency as the State’s electric utilities move to competition.







7/20/2009 4:43:46 PM

(White Plains, NY) ~ The Westchester County Board of Legislators’ Committee on Community Services hosted a presentation by representatives from the Hudson Center for Health Equity & Quality (HCHEQ), the creator of the web-based tool, “Enroll NY”, a state-sponsored resource that helps you find out if you are eligible for free or lost cost health insurance. All these programs are based on income requirements and for New York residences only.

Marlene Ripa, Account Manager, and Sherri Ehrlich, the Director of Business Development and Account Management for HCHEQ gave presentations providing additional information about the program, as well as demonstrations covering how the website operates and how to access information. In addition to both presentations, the speakers were available to answer questions presented by the board and members of the public.   Presenters walked legislators through the initial selection process, step-by-step describing that after the initial screening from a new applicant is complete, a representative will contact the applicant within 78 hours to discuss their health care options, based on the results of the online screening.


“This is an excellent program that is assisting with the placement of so many residents who are struggling with rising health care costs” said Legislator Lois Bronz (D, I, WFP-Greenburgh), Chair of the Committee. “Enroll NY offers a tangible solution and the process is simple.”  The County Board of Legislators will continue to support Enroll NY and other programs that seek to help county residents obtain health care coverage.


Those interested in learning more about Enroll NY can access the free service by clicking on the image below.


Find free and low-cost health insurance for you and your family - EnrollNY.org

RE: Governor Paterson’s Announcement of Affordable Housing Grant Allocation of $520,000 to Westchester County

7/21/2009 9:13:04 AM



“As Chairman of the County Board, affordable housing for working families and seniors has been a priority.  These housing rehabilitation grants from the state will ensure that low-income individuals, seniors and people with disabilities will not be locked out of the American dream of living in a home of their own.”


“Of added significance is the fact that these rehabilitation projects will help seniors repair dangerous conditions in their homes and allow people with disabilities to make their homes safer. These rehabilitation projects will provide much-needed work for local contractors and small businesses and new jobs for local residents.”


“I thank Governor Paterson and State Division of Housing and Community Renewal Commissioner Deborah VanAmerongen for their continuing commitment to Westchester’s working families.  I look forward to working with the Administration in ensuring that county residents receive the maximum benefit of this allocation, and making sure that the families that have been hardest hit by the economic recession are given the highest priority.”   








RE: Governor Patersons announcement of Westchester County receiving $1.5 million in crime-fighting grants from Operation IMPACT

8/5/2009 1:18:59 PM



“As Chairman of the County Board, the safety of our residents throughout Westchester has been a priority.  This grant allocation of over $1.5 million from the state will ensure that law enforcement agencies throughout the county help combat crime at the local level.” 


“Operation IMPACT – an initiative of the state’s Department of Criminal Justice Services – not only supports innovative crime-fighting programs, much-needed equipment for law enforcement agencies and special tactical operations, but it provides the county with enhancing information sharing and accurate crime data that has transformed policing within Westchester.” 


“I thank Governor Paterson and Deputy Secretary for Public Safety/Department of Criminal Justice Services Commissioner Denise O’Donnell for their continuing commitment to the public safety of Westchester’s residents.  I look forward to working with the Administration in ensuring that county residents receive the maximum benefit of this allocation, and making sure that the communities with the most immediate need are given the highest priority.”   







8/6/2009 3:20:38 PM



Legislator George Oros visited the annual Our Lady of Mount Carmel Italian Feast in Verplanck in mid-July and discussed several issues of concern with constituents in-between viewing the Fireman’s Parade and indulging in a mouth-watering sausage and peppers wedge.