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.

 

 

 

 

 

RE: Proposed Settlement Agreement with the Federal Government in reference to access to fair and affordable housing in Westchester County

8/11/2009 4:05:28 PM

 

 

"The Westchester County government has been active and successful in creating and sustaining affordable housing units throughout the county. Our goal has been to provide safe, clean, quality units for our residents in need.”

 

“The county has always been committed to ensuring fair access to housing for all people, and we have consistently lived up to HUD’s guidelines.  County government has worked diligently to develop and preserve housing opportunities.” 

 

“Once the proposed settlement agreement is received, the Board of Legislators will begin its process of a thorough review.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Program Will Authorize More Than $30,000 for Port Chester seniors

8/13/2009 12:18:34 PM

 

 

(Port Chester, NY) ~ Westchester County Board Majority Leader Martin Rogowsky (D,WP-Harrison) is pleased to announce that the Village of Port Chester has received a $30,000 community development block grant from the federal government for the purchase of a delivery van for meals for Port Chester seniors.  The grant, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.  The grant will be used to replace the previous delivery van that provided meals for Port Chester’s homebound seniors.

 

“I’m glad that I was able to help Port Chester in obtaining this grant as this project will help hundred of homebound seniors who are unable to access healthy meals,” said Rogowsky.   “The purchase also exhibits fiscal responsibility by securing this funding through non-County taxpayer funds.” 

 

The annual CDBG funding plan is now in its thirty-fourth year and is a joint partnership involving the federal government, the County and the local villages, towns and city governments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Program Will Authorize More Than $37,500 for the Village of Port Chester

8/13/2009 12:22:17 PM

 

 

(Port Chester, NY) ~ Westchester County Legislator Martin Rogowsky (D, WP-Harrison) is pleased to announce that the Village of Port Chester has received a $37,500 community development block grant (CDBG) from the federal government for the Don Bosco Community Center.  The grant, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.  The grant will be used to create a summer teen night program for eight (8) weeks by the Village of Port Chester.

 

The Don Bosco Community Center has served the Port Chester community through recreational activities, neighborhood/community events, and by providing multi-lingual youth/adult social and supportive services.  The summer teen night program will allow over 275 low and moderate income at-risk boys and girls between the ages of 13-18 to engage in healthy summer activities.  This program will provide activities including learning center activities such as computer education, dance studio, arts & crafts, teen game room activities, recreational activities, leadership training and nutritional meals.

 

“I’m glad that I was able to help Port Chester and the Don Bosco Community Center in obtaining this grant, as this project will help provide encourage teens and keep them out of trouble,” said Rogowsky.   The annual CDBG funding plan is now in its thirty-fourth year and is a joint partnership involving the federal government, the County and the local villages, towns and city governments.