A capacity crowd attended the men’s health forum, hosted by Westchester County Board Chairman Bill Ryan to mark National Men’s Health Month.  The forum was held at the Ridgeway Elementary School and was attended by over 40 residents, health care providers and professionals from across the White Plains. “Men take too many risks with their health.  Too many men smoke, eat a poor diet and generally live unhealthy lifestyles- -- even I did,” said Chairman Ryan.  “Poor use of community services by men has a direct impact on their health and wellbeing.   The purpose of this Men’s Health Forum was to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.  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.”

Materials were available for the men attending included information on prostate cancer, nutrition, men’s reproductive health, heart disease, HIV/AIDS prevention,  anxiety, stress and overall men’s’ health maintenance.  “The American Heart Association was thrilled to participate in an event that highlights men’s health,” said Taryn J. Branca, Executive Director of the American Heart Association in Fairfield and Westchester Counties.  “Every year in this country more than 410,000 men lose their battle against cardiovascular disease which is why it is vitally important for the American Heart Association to be present at events like these to educate the public about the dangers of heart disease and stroke.”

White Plains, NY - Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman William Ryan (D, I, WFP-White Plains) announced today that he is creating a new special committee of the Legislature to focus on the needs of minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE).  In announcing the new panel, Ryan said the main objective is to strengthen existing minority and women-owned businesses throughout the county and to promote the growth of this important component of the county’s economy.

Legislators call on Albany to allow Westchester to continue to use mechanical lever voting machines in local elections

6/12/2009 3:12:28 PM

A majority of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, today, called on Governor David Paterson and leaders in the State Assembly and State Senate to allow Westchester to continue using mechanical lever voting machines in county elections.

In 2002, the federal government enacted the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), which required states to replace the older and unreliable voting systems and to insure that voting is accessible to all voters, including those with disabilities.  Westchester presently uses lever voting machines.  It makes paper ballots available to those with disabilities and the ballots are counted with optical-scanning voting machines.

“The mechanical lever voting machines have long proved reliable, user-friendly and cost-effective,” said Legislator Tom Abinanti (D, I-Greenburgh).  “Replacing lever voting machines is very costly.  It has proved to create voter confusion and may result in the use of machines that could compromise the integrity of future elections.” 

The State Board of Elections has approved a pilot program to introduce a paper ballot-optical-scan system for all voters in most of the state’s 62 counties.  However, there are several notable holdouts: the five boroughs of New York City, and Nassau, Suffolk and Rockland counties. 

“We’re not opposed to implementing a system that incorporates optical scanners,” said Board Chairman William J. Ryan (D, I, WFP-White Plains).  “When used in conjunction with optical scanners, lever voting machines can be part of a voting system which would be HAVA compliant and would serve the public’s best interest.”  

 To read the letter to Governor Paterson, click here

On May 5, Bill Ryan visited the Ridgeway Elementary School class of teacher George Tsuji to initiate the Recycling Rangers program to his third grade students.  Recycling is mandated in the county, and schools must submit a plan every three years outlining their recycling efforts.  After discussing the benefits and requirements of recycling, each student agreed to complete three projects from a suggested list of seventeen to become a Recycling Ranger. 

(White Plains, NY) -- Westchester County Board Chair Bill Ryan (D-IN-WF, White Plains) announced that the proposed “source of income” legislation, due for a vote at tonight’s Board of Legislators meeting has been sent back to the Committees on Legislation and Government Operations for modification. “Board members are not prepared, at this time,  to vote on this measure,” said Ryan.  “More work needs to be done.” The proposed legislation would modify the County’s Fair Housing Law to prohibit housing discrimination based on an individual’s income sources.