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.











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.