The Westchester County Board of Legislators tonight approved a law that will prohibit the sale of over-the-counter cough suppressants made with Dextromethorphan, or DXM, to minors under the age of 18.  The ban will take effect 120 days after it is signed into law.  DXM, when taken in large doses, can cause intoxication. The legislation is also known as “Anthony’s Law,” after Anthony Viero, an 87-year old WWII veteran from Yonkers who was tragically killed in a car accident in Westchester in which the driver was intoxicated by DXM.

Editor
The Mount Kisco – Pleasantville Examiner

 To The Editor:

 RE: 450 Saw Mill River Road Good Deal For Taxpayers

I am writing to respond to last week’s story focusing on the Republican minority’s opposition to the Westchester County Board of Legislators authorizing the purchase of 450 Saw Mill River Road in order to comply with Federal HAVA and related State mandates.

The cost per square foot, amortized over twenty years for ownership and operation will be $7, not $18 as was reported.  The next closest bid in the RFP was more than twice that price.  In response to the argument that the voting machines should be stored in White Plains, the cost to buy a building there would have been over three times the cost of Saw Mill River Road.  Further, when you consider that we will now be moving the Administration of the Public Safety Department into this building, it will save the taxpayers of Westchester County an additional $9.7 million dollars that had originally been allocated for a new Public Safety headquarters.

To those who wonder why we need an advanced storage facility for the new voting machines when the old machines are currently stored in warehouses, the answer is technology.  The new machines are sensitive, computerized optical scan machines that need to be stored in a secure, temperature-controlled environment.  For security of the cards, HAVA dictates that the county stores the machines centrally.

As a member of the Majority, I have an obligation govern and to formulate sound public policy at the least impact to taxpayers.  Unlike the minority, I don’t have the luxury of symbolic votes of trying to pass press releases off as public policy.  The Legislature requested an open RFP for this process, yet for all of their carping, the Republican minority proposed no alternatives.  Conversely, several of my Democratic colleagues and I toured four additional buildings and then spent several hours scouring the numbers with the County’s Director of Real Estate to analyze the options.

In the end, 450 Saw Mill River Road was the most cost effective option for the Board of Elections to fulfill Federal and State mandates pertaining to HAVA, the most cost effective solution for the Department of Public Safety and the most cost effective policy for the taxpayers of Westchester County.

Sincerely,

Peter B. Harckham

The Information Age has made instant access to an unlimited universe of information available to anyone with a computer with an internet connection. But too much information can often be as useless as no information at all! I’m recalling the roll out of Medicare Part D. The barrage of options was overwhelming even to the most detailed-oriented person!

Before the start of its April 28 meeting, the Board of Legislators honored high school students from around the County who won awards at WESEF and represented Westchester County at the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

County Legislator George Oros (R—Cortlandt) joined County Executive Andrew Spano, Peekskill Mayor John Testa and other local officials at the waterfront in the City of Peekskill to celebrate the official opening of the Annsville Trail on Wednesday, April 19th. The group marked the occasion with a special ribbon cutting ceremony.