Burton reminds residents the benefits of a healthier community by stressing early treatment and seeking early medical advice

10/2/2009 3:04:07 PM





Westchester County Legislator Bill Burton is hosting a Community Health Forum and the theme is “Building a Healthier Community”






Westchester County Legislator Burton will be in attendance, along with several people on hands to discuss preventive health care options:


  • Westchester Livable Communities



  • Open Door Family Medical Center



  • Hudson Health Plan



  • Westchester Rockland Dietetic Association



  • EnrollNY



  • Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic



  • Collaborative for End of Life Care







Ossining Public Library’s Auditorium
53 Croton Avenue (btwn Clinton Avenue and Elizabeth Street)
Ossining, New York






Tuesday, October 6th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm






Westchester County Legislator Bill Burton, in collaboration with Westchester Livable Communities, Open Door Family Medical Center, Westchester Community College, Hudson Health Plan, Westchester Rockland Dietetic Association and the Ossining Public Library invite you to share your thoughts and get answers to questions and more at this free community health forum that will feature experts on nutrition, preventive care and fitness, healthy living and public and private health insurance options.  From access to care to living with a chronic condition, we’re looking to you to help identify gaps and barriers to services. 


The purpose of the Community Health Forum is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease.  Part of being aware is looking at the impact of lifestyle choices on health, such as diet habits, smoking, lack of frequent medical check-ups and alcohol use.  Legislator Burton has several co-sponsors, doctors, health professionals and spokespeople available to talk with you about how the community can be better prepared to address preventable health problems.  


For more information on this event, please contact County Legislator Burton at (914) 995-2812 or via email at Burton@westchesterlegislators.com.






10/14/2009 11:02:32 AM



Legislator George Oros was proud to join thousands of other participants October 4 at the 15th Annual Support-A-Walk, the major fundraiser for Support Connection, a Yorktown-based, not-for-profit organization, led by Executive Director Kathy Quinn (shown with Legislator Oros) that provides services for women, and their families, battling breast and ovarian cancer.











10/15/2009 9:13:57 AM



Legislator George Oros (R/Cortlandt) joined about 100 veterans and other elected officials at a rally October 14 to oppose plans to develop a large portion of the 180-acre Franklin D. Roosevelt campus of the VA Hudson Valley Healthcare System in Montrose and scale back vital services for local veterans. It was the second protest organized by Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi to implore the federal Department of Veterans Affairs to take care of those who risked their lives for their country, instead of looking out for the interests of developers. Legislators William Burton (D/Ossining) and Michael Kaplowitz (D/Somers) were also in attendance.









Williams secures $50,000 in county funds for Mount Vernon Boys and Girls Club

10/15/2009 4:55:39 PM



(White Plains, NY) ~ In response to a critical need to continue vital youth programs offered through the Mount Vernon Boys and Girls Club, the Westchester Board of Acquisitions and Contracts approved a $50,00 contract. “I’m thrilled to have secured this allocation for such a worthwhile agency,” said Legislator Williams (D, WP-Mount Vernon). “The Mount Vernon Boys and Girls Club is an invaluable institution in my community, generations have benefited from the programs they offer.” This award will be used within the county’s Urban Youth Initiative, which was created in 1993, to serve as a mechanism for expanding the use of a positive youth development model in addressing the needs of at-risk youth under the age of 21 in eleven urban communities.  The Mount Vernon Boys and Girls Club, created in 1912, serves as one of Westchester’s largest and most successful youth development organizations, serving over 1900 children annually.


This contract is one of several that have been approved in an effort to preserve vital youth resources at the community-based level.  As the fiscal crisis deepens, now more than ever, the County Board is doing everything possible to preserve its capacity to provide children and youth with high-quality youth development and delinquency prevention programs, as families struggle to keep their children safe and engaged in positive and productive activities. “This is a great action taking by the Board” said County Board Chairman William J. Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains).  “Programs such as these do a tremendous job in keeping kids out of trouble and off the streets.”







10/16/2009 12:06:24 PM


Westchester County Board Chairman Bill Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains) has called for a public hearing on proposed legislation that would require the forfeiture of vehicles for those convicted of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or while engaged in unlawful speed contests or races throughout Westchester County.  Westchester residents will have the opportunity to voice their opinions on this proposed law during the next scheduled Board meeting.


Speakers to attend are (still in formation):

  • Westchester County Board Chairman Bill Ryan (D,WFP-White Plains)
  • Members of the County Board
  • Members of the public


 Westchester County Board of Legislators Chambers

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


 Monday, October 19th, 2009 at 7:30pm SHARP!  **REVISED START TIME***


Currently, twenty states permit the confiscation of vehicles for DWI offenses, with New York City, Nassau and Suffolk counties, specifically within New York State.  Most of them are for second offenses or more. Within the last four years, Westchester County has seen a steady increase in DWI/DUI arrests.  According to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, adult arrests in Westchester County for felony and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated (“DWI”) offenses rose from 2,337 in 2002 to 2,650 in 2007.  The Westchester County Department of Probation reports that DWI cases represent the largest percentage of their total cases – 23 percent.  Additionally, it has been reported that nationwide, 17,000 people die each year in alcohol-related accidents; 80 percent involve recidivist drunk drivers. 

Legislator Peter Harckham (D-Katonah) – the primary sponsor of this legislation – has worked to build a bipartisan coalition of legislators that has debated the details of this bill within the Committees of Legislation and Public Safety for over a year and has worked to add several constitutional protections for due process.  On the heels on the tragic deaths of members of the Bastardi and Schuler families on the Taconic Parkway, the Board has found that while larger fines, longer license suspensions, and increased jail sentences may deter some offenders, a stronger deterrent is necessary to protect the public.  According to the National Transportation Safety Board, civil forfeiture of motor vehicles laws serve as a deterrent to recidivism may reduce first-time offenses and will send a stern message that driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will not be tolerated in Westchester County.