Program Will Authorize More Than $70,000 for the Village of Port Chester

9/14/2009 10:36:13 AM



(Port Chester, NY) ~ Westchester County Legislator Martin Rogowsky (D, WFP-Harrison) is pleased to announce that the county has secured a $70,000 grant through a partnership with the Human Development Services of Westchester to help the Port Chester Neighborhood Preservation Company (PCNPC).  The grant, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will provide mortgage foreclosure prevention services to qualifying residents.


The Port Chester Neighborhood Preservation Company (PCNPC), a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development approved housing counseling agency since 2008, has served the Port Chester community by providing tenant assistance and advocacy, mortgage foreclosure prevention, eviction prevention, financial literacy, moderate home renovation and rehabilitation to homeowners and housing counseling for low and moderate income households.


“I’m glad that I was able to help Port Chester and PCNPC in obtaining this grant, as this project will help provide much-needed support for those at risk of losing their homes,” said Rogowsky.   The annual funding plan is a joint partnership involving the federal government, the County and the local villages, towns and city governments.







9/14/2009 10:39:24 AM



(White Plains, NY) ~ At the request of Chairman William Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains), the Board of Legislators unanimously approved the application of the Village of Scarsdale for flood mitigation funding.  The approval will direct to Scarsdale $1.45 million dollars in much-needed County funds for Bronx River area flood control. The funding was made available from a Flood Action Plan, which calls for the county to allocate $10 million a year for the next five years to reduce the impact of flooding during severe storms.  “This is one more example of how the County works collaboratively with its municipalities to protect its citizens,” said Chairman Ryan. “Although we can’t eliminate flooding throughout the county during terrible storms, we do have the capability to mitigate some of the more severely hit areas, in order to avoid additional loss of public and private property.”


The county’s Flood Action Task Force, the governing body that spearheaded by creation of the Flood Action Plan, formed in 2007 to address the flooding crisis in the county and to put in place a Flood Mitigation Program using county funds designated for this purpose.


The funding will be allocated for four projects within Scarsdale. They include George Field Park, Cooper Green, Brewster Road between Olmstead Road and Hartcourt Road and the south side of Butler Field.  The other projects selected for the first round of funding are located in Rye Brook, Mamaroneck and Tarrytown. Federal and local funds will also help to finance these flood-mitigation projects.  Only one of the four projects approved was for Scarsdale that Ryan represents.







9/14/2009 1:30:51 PM



Westchester County Board Chairman Bill Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains) and Westchester County Legislator John Nonna (D, I, WFP-Pleasantville) presented an official proclamation on behalf of the Westchester County Board of Legislators to Salvatore De Raffele, owner of the North Castle Diner, commemorating his 50th anniversary since its opening on Sunday.  As patrons looked on and joined in the festivities, Chairman Ryan and Legislator Nonna congratulated De Raffele and his staff for 50 years of service to the White Plains community. 


This year marks the beginning of the second half-century that the North Castle Diner has been doing business as an eatery at its location in North White Plains.   In 1958, Salvatore De Raffele purchased the property at 720 North Broadway to operate as a diner.  For years, the business was known as the Sherwood Diner.  In 1966, the business name changed to the North Castle Diner, honoring the town in which it is located.  The North Castle Diner is currently operated by Paul De Raffele, the son of its original owner, who continues the tradition of providing a convenient and welcoming place for local residents to gather and enjoy good company and good food. 

Chairman Bill Ryan and Legislator John Nonna present Paul De Raffele, owner of the North Castle Diner, with an official proclamation from the County Board of Legislators celebrating 50 years of service to White Plains.



Chairman Bill Ryan and Legislator John Nonna celebrate 50 years of good food and good company at the North Castle Diner.  Ryan and Nonna are joined by Paul De Raffele and his staff.






9/17/2009 2:44:31 PM

County Legislator George Oros (R/Cortlandt) took part in several events and services throughout his district marking the eighth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. When given the chance to reflect on that day, Oros stressed freedom isn’t free and recognized the courageous sacrifices made on 9/11 and over the years that have secured the many freedoms enjoyed in the United States.



9/18/2009 9:20:37 AM


Newly installed NYSAC President-Elect Chairman Bill Ryan and NYSAC President Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli



(Saratoga Springs, NY) ~ Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman William J. Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains) was installed as 2009-2010 President-elect of the New York State Association of Counties during NYSAC’s Annual Conference, held this week, in Saratoga Springs.  A former NYSAC board director-at-large, Ryan was first elected to NYSAC’s executive committee in 2007.  Ryan is slated to serve as NYSAC President from 2010 through 2011.  “It’s an honor to serve in this capacity,” said Chairman Ryan.  “NYS needs to recognize that its partnership with counties is critical to ensuring service delivery to our residents.  I am eager to work with my colleagues in leadership to help county officials across New York State by finding new ways to operate efficiently and economically.” 


Ryan, a Democrat and a former member of the New York State Assembly, is the longest serving Chairman in the 40-year history of the Westchester County Board of Legislators. First elected Chairman in 2004, he is now in his sixth year as the legislature’s presiding officer. He is in his twelfth year as an elected member of the Board.  Under Bill Ryan’s leadership, the Board has approved measures to keep Westchester’s 1 million residents safe and secure; to protect water and air quality; to uphold our rights as consumers; to re-develop our downtowns and strengthen our economy; to create affordable housing for our workforce and seniors; and to make government more efficient, economical, transparent and accessible to the people. 


“At this time, when governments at all levels are faced with unprecedented fiscal challenges, we are pleased to have a dedicated leadership team that includes our new president-elect William Ryan of Westchester County.  Bill brings a unique combination of county and state legislative experience that will be invaluable to the statewide association as it continues its advocacy efforts to protect property taxpayers from financing more state and federal programs at the local level,” said NYSAC Executive Director Stephen J. Acquario. 


NYSAC is a bi-partisan municipal association that represents, educates and advocates for all 62 member counties and the thousands of elected and appointed county officials who serve the public. The Association represents New York counties before Federal, State and Local officials on matters germane to county governments and informs its membership and the public at large on issues of importance to county governments.