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.”   








Westchester County Legislature Chairman Ryan and Legislator Bronz Launch a New Online Recession Survival Guide for Westchester Residents

7/21/2009 3:26:31 PM



(White Plains, NY) – With prices going up, a dollar doesn’t go as far anymore.  That’s why Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Bill Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains) and Legislator Lois Bronz (D, I, WFP-Greenburgh), Chair of the the Board’s Community on Community Services have launched a new recession survival guide, where residents can find cost-saving and, sometimes even free, resources within the county to help residents not only survive, but thrive in this economy.  The online recession survival guide, known as “Saving Your Cents”, can be found on the County Board’s website,


“There is no armor, no shield that can protect us from any financial crisis,” said Ryan. “Many Westchester residents have been affected by the recession – but, not all in the same way. Some face mortgage troubles. Others face job layoffs. And in a tough economy, budding professionals are finding fewer opportunities. But, there are some basic things we can do to make sure we weather this financial storm. I’m encouraging Westchester residents to take advantage of this new free online resource.”


As the fiscal crisis deepens, the County Board is doing everything possible to ease the burden on taxpayers. From savings on gas prices, subsidies for child care and free copies of resumes to discounts on hair cuts, dining out and assistance for job seekers, this recession survival guide gives residents much of what they would need to get through these rough times.  A recession can bring many challenges, and “Saving Your Cents” offers free resources and insight into surviving these difficult periods.


“Times, right now, are tighter and harder. But, this is not to say that times are impossible to survive on,” said Legislator Bronz. “In fact, with a little creativity and a lot of forbearance, you can actually ride the economic recession tide and come out the victor.  This recession survival guide is a must-have for all county residents.”








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.





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.