Hearings will help shape County budget; Board is determined to maintain fiscal conservation

11/18/2009 11:50:26 AM

 

 

Westchester County Board Chairman William J. Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains) and the Board’s Budget and Appropriations Chairman Jose I. Alvarado (D, WFP-Yonkers) announce regional budget oversight meetings, in which residents throughout the county can voice their concerns about the 2010 proposed county budget submitted by County Executive Andy Spano.  The Office of Management and Budget formulates an annual budget for the coming year for the administration. That proposed budget is then forwarded to members of the Legislature for review. They, in turn, either accept the administration’s budget as is, or they make recommendations for changes to the budget. Those changes, as well as the administration’s proposed budget are aired during public hearing. At that time, members of the public, as well as department heads and managers, are welcome to discuss the proposed budget.  Over the course of these hearings, legislators and the public will engage in a discussion about the direct fiscal consequences of the County Executive’s financial plan and its impact on  local programs and services supported by the county, alternative proposals that the Legislature is proposing or may consider, and explore how the current budget is working and where reforms and other changes are necessary.

 

Southern County Region Public Hearing - Mount Vernon
(Residents who live in the following communities are welcome to attend:  Yonkers, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, Bronxville, Pelham, Pelham Manor, Eastchester and Tuckahoe)

 

Thursday, November 19th, 2009 at 7:00pm

 

Mt. Vernon City Hall
1 Roosevelt Square (Stevens Ave btwn South 5th Ave and Wilson Place)
Mt. Vernon

 

Northern County Regional Public Hearing - Lewisboro
(Residents who live in the following communities are welcome to attend: Lewisboro, North Salem, Somers, Yorktown, Cortlandt, New Castle, Bedford, Pound Ridge, Mount Kisco, Peekskill, Croton on Hudson, Buchanan, Ossining and Briarcliff Manor)

 

Monday, November 30th, 2009 at 7:00pm

 

John Jay Middle School
40 N. Salem Road (corner of Gideon Reynolds Road)
Cross River, Lewisboro

 

Central County Regional Public Hearing - White Plains
(Residents who live in the following communities are welcome to attend: Mount Pleasant, Pleasantville, North Castle, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, Greenburgh, White Plains, Scarsdale, Elsmford, Harrison, Ardsley, Irvington, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings on Hudson, Rye Brook, Rye, Mamamroneck, Larchmont and Edgemont)

 

Thursday, December 10th, 2009 at 7:00pm

 

Board of Legislators’ Chambers
8th Floor - Michaelian Office Building
148 Martine Avenue (corner of Court Street)
White Plains

 

For more information, please contact Sally Schecter at (914) 995-2832 or via email at SallyS@westchesterlegislators.com

 

NOTE FOR PRESS: Legislators will be available for photo opp and radio/on-camera interviews.  Media requests should be sent to Tara L. Martin, Press Secretary at (914) 995-2016 or via email at TaraM@westchesterlegislators.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/20/2009 10:13:12 AM

 

 

(White Plains, NY) ~ Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman William Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains) met with incoming County Executive-elect Rob Astorino this afternoon at his transition office  discussing the future of county government, developing a bipartisan working relationship and brainstorming on opportunities to streamline, cut costs and improve county government operation.  This was the first face-to-face meeting between two of the county’s top leaders since Astorino’s election win. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/23/2009 12:08:26 PM

 

 

In its continuing effort to present transparency on stimulus funding within the county, Westchester County Board of Legislators Economic Recovery Task Force Chair Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh) announced the launch of a new website to allow county taxpayers to see precisely where federal and state economic stimulus money was spent. In addition to how and where the money is spent, the site has links to easy-to-understand, user-friendly graphs, charts, and maps. “It is vitally important for the public to see how Westchester County is spending federal stimulus funds,” said Legislator Abinanti. “The site contains all categories of stimulus projects within the county and Task Force reports, as well as links to state, federal and other sites.”  The online resource guide can be found on the County Board’s website, http://www.westchesterlegislators.com/Committees/2008_2009Term/Economic%20Recovery%20Task%20Force/Index.htm

 

Earlier this year, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) proposed by President Obama.  A direct response to the looming economic crisis, the Recovery Act has three immediate goals -- the creation of new jobs, as well as retaining existing ones, the need to spur economic activity and invest in long-term economic growth.  Additionally, because of reporting and auditing requirements, it fosters unprecedented levels of accountability and transparency in government spending.  “This is one more example of how the County informs its citizens of resources through our use of technology,” said Board Chairman Bill Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains). “These ARRA funds are being used to build a foundation for economic growth by revitalizing infrastructure, job retention and to advance the creation of new jobs, especially in ‘green’ industries.  As the fiscal crisis deepens, the County Board is doing everything possible to update taxpayers about stimulus projects in their communities.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/30/2009 10:17:15 AM

 

 

At the request of Board Chairman William Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains), the county has approved an additional $200,000 to fund the design of improvements to the Crane Road Bridge.  This project is initiated by the Westchester County Department of Public Works. Approximately midway along the Bronx River Parkway are two interconnected bridges that cross the Bronx River and the MTA Metro-North Railroad. Located immediately south of Exit 12 (Crane Road) in Scarsdale, and straddling the Greenburgh/Scarsdale municipal border, the two connected bridges are referred to as a single structure that is known as the Crane Road Bridge (or Viaduct). 

 

“This is yet one more example of how the County works collaboratively with the state and federal government to benefits its citizens,” said Chairman Ryan. “This project will begin construction in 2011 using over $45 million in state and federal funding.  As the fiscal crisis deepens, now more than ever, the County is doing everything possible to help provide vital services to our residents while creating partnerships with government at all levels to reduce costs to taxpayers.”

 

In recent years, the Crane Road Bridge has become increasingly deteriorated with two separate incidents involving holes that developed in the concrete deck of the “Mushroom Bridge” and resulted in emergency travel lane closures until repairs could be completed. The first incident occurred in December 2006, and the second in July 2007.  Both bridges were constructed in 1925 and underwent rehabilitation in 1956, 1981, and 1990, with an interim bridge repair program occurring in 2008. The funding was made available by the county, along with $800,000 in non-county funds from the Federal Surface Transportation program.  Westchester County and the agencies involved in funding and approving this project have recognized the unique historic and environmental character of the Crane Road Bridge to the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/30/2009 10:17:15 AM

 

 

At the request of Board Chairman William Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains), the county has approved an additional $200,000 to fund the design of improvements to the Crane Road Bridge.  This project is initiated by the Westchester County Department of Public Works. Approximately midway along the Bronx River Parkway are two interconnected bridges that cross the Bronx River and the MTA Metro-North Railroad. Located immediately south of Exit 12 (Crane Road) in Scarsdale, and straddling the Greenburgh/Scarsdale municipal border, the two connected bridges are referred to as a single structure that is known as the Crane Road Bridge (or Viaduct). 

 

“This is yet one more example of how the County works collaboratively with the state and federal government to benefits its citizens,” said Chairman Ryan. “This project will begin construction in 2011 using over $45 million in state and federal funding.  As the fiscal crisis deepens, now more than ever, the County is doing everything possible to help provide vital services to our residents while creating partnerships with government at all levels to reduce costs to taxpayers.”

 

In recent years, the Crane Road Bridge has become increasingly deteriorated with two separate incidents involving holes that developed in the concrete deck of the “Mushroom Bridge” and resulted in emergency travel lane closures until repairs could be completed. The first incident occurred in December 2006, and the second in July 2007.  Both bridges were constructed in 1925 and underwent rehabilitation in 1956, 1981, and 1990, with an interim bridge repair program occurring in 2008. The funding was made available by the county, along with $800,000 in non-county funds from the Federal Surface Transportation program.  Westchester County and the agencies involved in funding and approving this project have recognized the unique historic and environmental character of the Crane Road Bridge to the region.