Like many homeowners across the country and county, the worsening economy had taken a toll on White Plains homeowners Jorge and Marina Schiefer. The couple purchased their home in 2006. Repairs for flood damage in 2007 exhausted a lot of their savings. Business slowed down for Jorge. The couple’s original adjustable rate mortgage was fixed for 2 years. Then, in 2008, the interest rate was reset from 7.95% to 9.25%, increasing their monthly mortgage payments from $3,605 to $3,944. Thereafter the rate would re-adjust every 6 months until the rate capped at 11.95%. The Schiefer’s lender denied their call for assistance.

The County Board tonight approved Westchester’s 2009 Joint State Legislative Program, a list of 16 items that represents a consensus of what the county legislators and the county executive consider priorities for state legislative action. The legislators unanimously approved 14 of the 16 items. At the request of the minority leader, items 1 and 8 were severed from the package and were not approved unanimously. 

In celebration of October as Italian Heritage and Culture Month in Westchester,  the Westchester County Board of Legislators, along with the Westchester Coalition of Italian American Organizations, presented Westchester students with proclamations honoring them as the county’s outstanding Italian language students.

County Board Chair Bill Ryan (D-IN-WF, White Plains) has put into effect a new rule for purchases by members and staff of the Board of Legislators: get prior written approval.

The County Board banned text-messaging-while-driving at its meeting this morning.  The law will take effect 180 days after the County Executive signs it into law.