9/18/2009 11:04:29 AM



Westchester County legislators Gordon A. Burrows (R/Yonkers) and Vito Pinto (D/Tuckahoe) held a Town Hall meeting at Concordia College in Bronxville, where they briefed approximately 75 residents and local officials on the pending settlement between the county and the federal government regarding fair and affordable housing. Joined by Legislator Ken Jenkins (D/Yonkers), legislators Burrows and Pinto appreciated the many pertinent questions that were raised at the two-hour meeting.



9/18/2009 3:06:09 PM





Westchester County Board of Legislators will host a ceremony celebrating Jewish Heritage and Pride during the next full Board meeting.  Board Chairman William J. Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains) will present an official proclamation on behalf of the Westchester County Board of Legislators to Ronald Burton, President of the Westchester Jewish Conference and to Jane and Dan Och and Cheryl and Philip Milstein, 2009 Co-Chairs of the Jewish Community Council’s Maccabi Games in Westchester.






Speakers to attend are (still in formation):


  • Westchester County Board Chairman Bill Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains)



  • Westchester County Board Majority Leader Martin Rogowsky (D,I-Harrison)



  • Westchester County Board Vice-Chairman Michael Kaplowitz (D,I,WFP-Somers)



  • Legislator Bernice Spreckman (R-Yonkers)



  • Ronald Burton, President of the Westchester Jewish Conference



  • Jane and Dan Och and Cheryl and Philip Milstein, 2009 Co-Chairs of the Jewish Community Council’s Maccabi Games in Westchester



  • Barbara Davis, New Rochelle City Historian







Westchester County Board of Legislators Chamber
800 Michaelian Office Building
148 Martine Avenue, 8th Floor (corner of Court Street)
White Plains, NY






Monday, September 21, 2009 at 7:00pm SHARP!









The Westchester County Board of Legislators pause to pay tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who have helped form the fabric of American history, culture and society.  The Board hosts an annual ceremony to recognize the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture by celebrating their lives, cherishing the traditions that they embraced, examining their achievements and faith, and affirming the vibrant worldwide Jewish community that is their legacy today.  




Board & Committee Meeting Preview: Items for Discussion

9/18/2009 5:15:39 PM



Please note: Latest Board and committee meeting agendas posted online at www.westchesterlegislators.com/calendar


Monday, September 21, 2009


10:00 AM 
Committee of the Whole
meeting to continue discussion on the affordable housing settlement lawsuit.


10:00 AM 
(Meeting time may be adjusted due to COW meeting; please check www.westchesterlegislators.com for up to date meeting time).


Budget & Appropriations—Hon. Jose Alvarado, Chair; Coordinator: Sally Schecter (995-2832)


Joint with Community Services—Hon. Lois Bronz, Chair; Coordinator: Melanie Montalto (995-8620)


  • HEAL NY Grant Program
  • IMA-Department of Health-WCHCC
  • Act-Youth Services Programs

Budget Only


  • Sewer District Modification regarding 183 Union Avenue, Harrison and 19 Century Ridge Road, Purchase
  • Reallocation of  HOPWA Funds
  • Lease Agreement (WCC) Brooks Shopping Centers
  • Grant Park Apartments Affordable Housing Project  
  • Long Island Sound BNR Water Quality Improvement Project; set public hearing regarding proportionate share of costs
  • Resolution to set public hearing on establishment of a tipping fee regarding Refuse Disposal District No. 1
  • Resolution to offer a $10,000 reward from Seized Assets Account related to murder of Pericles Salas
  • Miscellaneous capital projects.

7:00 PM
Regular Meeting of the County BOARD OF LEGISLATORS---- Streamed Live from www.westchesterlegislators.com starting at 7:00 PM


SPECIAL PROGRAM:   Jewish History & Heritage Celebration


Scheduled votes on:


  • Act authorizing the settlement of the lawsuit entitled United States of America, ex rel, Anti Discrimination Center of Metro New York, Inc. v. Westchester County, New York and bond act authorizing theCounty of Westchester to issue up to Thirty-Six Million ($36,000,000) Dollars in bonds to fund costs related to the settlement.
  • Resolution setting a Public Hearing on a Local Law amending the laws of Westchester County in relation to the forfeiture of vehicles operated by persons while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or while engaged in unlawful speed contests or races.
  • Resolution supporting an state’s Local Government Efficiency Program application for a $400,000 General Efficiency Planning Grant to finance the costs of developing a County-wide septic system database.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


10:30 AM
Community Services—Hon. Lois Bronz, Chair; Coordinator: Melanie Montalto (995-8620)


Joint with


Generational, Cultural & Ethnic Diversity—Hon. Bernice Spreckman, Chair; Coordinator: Rose Vinci (995-8434)


  • First Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Social Services Diane Atkins will discuss Child Protective Services, child fatality reports, and recent safety violations at Children’s Village.

3:00 PM
Community Services—Hon. Lois Bronz, Chair; Coordinator: Melanie Montalto (995-8620)


  • Adrienne Wald, Director of the Wellness Education & Programming for The College of New Rochelle will discuss the National Plan for Physical Activity conference in Washington, DC which was held in June.



















9/18/2009 9:58:38 PM





The Westchester County Board of Legislators has added the proposed fair housing settlement agreement and the Bond Act to the official meeting calendar, in preparation for a vote.  The settlement agreement is subject to and conditional upon approval of the county’s Board of Legislators.  Should the Board fail to provide approval, the agreement shall be null and void, and all parties would proceed to trial. 






Westchester County Board of Legislators Chambers
800 Michaelian Office Building
148 Martine Avenue, 8th Floor (corner of Court Street)
White Plains, NY






Monday, September 21, 2009 at 7:00pm SHARP!






In response to the landmark fair housing settlement between the federal government and Westchester County, the county’s Board of Legislators has received the final version of the proposed negotiated settlement agreement and Bond act.   The Board’s Budget and Appropriations Committee took the first step toward ratification of this settlement and bond act by approving these measures.  Over the few weeks, the Board of Legislators has conducted several public meetings and has conducting its process of thoroughly reviewing the agreement, involving our outside attorneys and County Attorney, representatives of the Spano Administration, bond counsel, and State agency heads.  The time spent thus far in deliberations, gathering important information and gaining additional understanding of the county’s obligations and responsibilities in this proposed settlement agreement, has been invaluable.  Although the settlement Act and Bond Act, reported out of Committee, was added to the agenda of the Board’s September 8 regular meeting, more time was needed to review material and a vote did not take place.  All issues and questions considered, this may well be the most complex matter to ever come before the Board of Legislators and the decision here may be the most important decision any legislative body has had to make in the history of this county.  It has been our primary focus toward ensuring that the members of the Legislature are fully informed and prepared to make the correct decision for all of the people and taxpayers of Westchester County.




9/21/2009 6:52:18 PM


Dear Neighbors,

Well, here we are again, on the brink of another flu season.  As a member of the Westchester County Board of Health, however, I have particular concerns this year about the health and well-being of residents in our district – and what we can do to keep both the regular and H1N1 types of flu at bay.

While the H1N1 flu, previously known as the “swine flu,” made headlines last spring – and is expected to resurge in this area this fall and winter – we cannot minimize the importance of protecting yourself against the regular flu as well.  Now is the time individuals (particularly seniors, children, pregnant women and adults with chronic conditions) should get their regular flu shots, which are available from physicians, various pharmacies including some CVS stores, and community clinics.

A list of community health centers, which provide low-cost flu shots and health care, and the phone numbers and web sites of chain pharmacies where you can get a free or low-cost flu shot, are available on the County Health Department web site, at www.westchestercountygov.com/health.

As our County Health Commissioner, Dr. Joshua Lipsman, reminded me, the regular flu is responsible for about 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths each year in the United States. And while County health leaders will certainly be keeping a close eye on the potential spread of the H1N1 flu, Dr. Lipsman stressed the County’s primary focus now is making sure residents who want flu shots get them.

In addition to ensuring a ready and accessible H1N1 vaccine supply, I’d like to assure you that the County already has a plan in place should a widespread outbreak occur. County government has coordinated a response plan involving the health department and area hospitals, schools, businesses and residents that would help to minimize the spread of the virus to whatever extent is possible.

The H1N1 vaccine will not be available before mid-October.  Tips on controlling the spread of all flu – which range from simple measures like washing your hands frequently and after you sneeze and coughing into your sleeve to staying home a full 24 hours after a fever subsides – also are on-line on the County health department’s web site.

As always, feel free to call me for more information at (914) 995-2802.


Judith A. Myers