8/6/2009 3:31:07 PM



Westchester County Legislator Gordon A. Burrows (R/Yonkers) joined other county officials at the opening of construction of the new $9.25 million pool complex at Tibbetts Brook Park.


The first major renovations to the 80-year-old facility will involve reconstructing the former large swimming area into smaller water play sections, including a “lazy river” with sprays, water slides, an aquatic playground and new decking. The nearby bathhouse will also be refurbished with exterior locker rooms and changing rooms.


“Tibbetts Brook Park has been an integral part of Yonkers since I was a child and now my children and others will be fortunate enough to enjoy this modern swimming facility for years to come,” Burrows said. “I know having to shut down the pool this summer has been disappointing but it when the work is completed it will definitely be worth the wait." 


The pool is expected to reopen early next summer.











Oros tours historic bathhouse at Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow

8/6/2009 3:42:31 PM



Legislator George Oros recently took a tour of the historic bathhouse at Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow with Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan. Scenic Hudson is providing $4 million for the renovations of the bathhouse, thanks to a major donation from Tarrytown resident Kathryn Wasserman Davis and The Shelby Cullan Davis Foundation. Another $2.5 million is being sought from Westchester County to complete the project, which is slated to include kayak rentals, changing rooms and an outdoor café.








County Board Passed Resolution to change the name of the Mountain Lakes Park to The Sal Prezioso Mountain Lakes Park

8/11/2009 9:57:13 AM



In honor of the former Deputy County Executive and state Parks Commissioner, the late Dr. Sal Prezioso, the Westchester County Board of Legislators voted to rename Mountain Lakes Park in North Salem at their monthly meeting tonight.  A resident of Westchester County for over 60 years and a lifelong public servant, educator and civic leader, Dr. Prezioso passed away at the age of 95 on Memorial Day last year.  “The board has taken this step to recognize a person who has given so much to the enhancement of parks and recreation and the quality of life for Westchester residents,” said Board Chairman William Ryan (D,WFP-White Plains).  “Dr. Prezioso was a visionary educator; a dedicated public servant and government official and his many contributions will influence the imaginations of future generations.”  Mountain Lakes Park is comprised of approximately 1,082 acres and is Westchester’s northernmost park.  What originally began as an overnight camp for boys and girls in 1961, the park is now used for fishing, skating, boating and canoeing, hiking and nature study, along with a slew of other outdoor activities.  The park is also the home of the former Croton Point Camps, affectionately renamed “Camp Morty”, in honor of Mort Hyman, the supervisor of campaign on the site.  Dr. Prezioso was instrumental in the acquisition of the property in 1960-1 during his tenure as Superintendent of the Westchester County Recreation Commission.  

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From Right: Majority Leader Martin Rogowsky, Legislator Jose Alvarado, Vice Chairman Mike Kaplowitz, Legislator Pete Harckham, Mrs. Prezioso, Chairman Bill Ryan, Legislator Bill Burton, Minority Leader George Oros, Legislator Ken Jenkins, Legislator Jim Maisano, Legislator Lyndon Williams, Legislator Tom Abinanti





Dr. Prezioso served the County and state in a variety of capacities.  Dr. Prezioso was instrumental in bringing about the merger of the Parks and Recreation Departments as a unified Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation in 1960.  While serving as Deputy County Executive from 1962-1967, he designed the county’s E-911 system and strengthened the government’s commitment to establishing a full-time department focused on recreation.  In 1970, Governor Nelson Rockefeller appointed Dr. Prezioso Commissioner of the newly created Office of Parks and Recreation.  On the national level, Dr. Prezioso served as President of the National Recreation Foundation and President of the National Recreation and Park Association in Washington, DC, working closely with Presidents Johnson and Nixon as a technical advisor to the White House Conference on Children and Youth.  “Mountain Lakes Park is the perfect location to honor such a distinguished citizen,” said Legislator Peter Harckham (D-Katonah).  “Dr. Prezioso spent the later years of his life in North Salem, and this distinction is a fitting homage to a man that dedicated his career to public service.”     Born in New York City in 1913, Dr. Prezioso earned his bachelors and masters degree from New York University and received his doctorate in education from Columbia University.  In 1942, he served in the U.S. Navy and remained in the Navy Reserve, retiring as lieutenant commander in 1954.  He became parks director for Scarsdale in 1948 and then commissioner of the Westchester Parks and Recreation Department in 1955.  Prezioso established Pace University’s graduate program in public administration in 1979.






White Plains Fire Department will have access to special county equipment to help put out fires

8/11/2009 11:56:16 AM



(White Plains, NY) – Acting on a proposal placed before the Board by Chairman William J. Ryan (D,WFP-White Plains), county legislators unanimously approved a measure giving the White Plains Fire Department access to the County’s chemical foam trailer. This will increase the safety of White Plains residents at no cost to them. “Under an arrangement between the county and the city, White Plains firefighters will be able to rely on this specialized piece of equipment to help extinguish fires,” said Ryan. “The trailer will be based in White Plains and used by our Fire Department as needed.”


In case of a fire mutual aid call White Plains Firefighters will transport and operate the equipment. Mutual aid is the current system of reciprocal assistance where public safety personnel respond to calls for help from neighboring communities. Westchester County government is the centralized coordinator of mutual aid.


“Through shared services, the county can help local government save taxpayer money. If the city bought its own chemical foam trailer, the equipment would have cost White Plains taxpayers thousands of dollars. Instead, the White Plains Fire Department can use the county’s equipment at no cost,” said Ryan.







8/11/2009 11:58:49 AM



(White Plains, NY) ~ The Westchester County Board of Legislators approved measures that would supply municipalities with shelter equipment and supplies in the event of an emergency that requires residences to seek temporary shelter.   Under the agreement, the County will provide supplies and equipment (such as cots, blankets, pillows, towels and toiletries), as well as a mobile container unit/trailer to house and transport such items to be used by displaced residents in the event of an emergency.  In the wake of recent weather systems that  have hit towns in southern Westchester,  as well as other recent natural disasters, the need for an efficient disaster preparedness plan is apparent.   


The county’s Department of Emergency Services would enter into an inter-municipal agreement (IMAs) with one or more municipalities to set up these emergency shelters throughout the County at no cost to the municipality.  “This is another way in which the County helps its municipalities,” said County Board Chairman William J. Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains).  “If communities purchased similar supplies and equipment, it would cost countless dollars. Instead, local emergency services agencies can use the county’s equipment without any cost to the taxpayers.”  As the fiscal crisis deepens, now more than ever, the County Board is doing everything possible to help local government provide vital services to our residents.  Similar shared service agreements that benefit municipalities and towns throughout the County – as well as residents – provide much needed savings for Westchester taxpayers.