Environment and Energy Committee Chair Thomas Abinanti (D, I, WF-Greenburgh) tapped Harckham (D, WF- Bedford) to Chair the Sub Committee on Septics.

With a program led by County Legislator Judith Myers (D,WF-Larchmont), the County Board joined in the national observance of Women’s History Month by honoring the Westchester Women’s Agenda (WWA), a 60-member organization that champions causes that improve the lives of women and children in Westchester County.

In an historic vote at today''s special meeting, the County Board took action to protect the drinking water supply by approving the use of $10 million to build a sewage treatment plant for the Peach Lake area of the Town of North Salem. The money comes from the East of Hudson Water Quality Improvement Fund (EOH), created in 1997 when New York City provided $38 million to Westchester County to be used for water quality improvements in the "East of Hudson watersheds" of the NYC drinking water supply.

In a fitting tribute to President''s Day, the day we celebrate the birthdays'' of Washington and Lincoln, Westchester County has taken the first important step in saving the Miller House. This historic farmhouse in North White Plains (Town of North Castle) is where General George Washington stayed during the Battle of White Plains. Built in 1738, the farmhouse has been exposed to the elements for 270 years and is in poor condition.

This week we approved a $55,000 contract with Landair Project Resources, Inc. to assess the condition of the farmhouse and its site on Virginia Road and to make recommendations for its preservation. Landair''s study will begin shortly and a report will be released this spring.

The Miller House, like the Jacob Purdy House in White Plains, reminds us of General George Washington, the Continental Army and the hard-fought struggle of the American Revolution that gave birth to this great country. The preservation of the Miller House is necessary if we are to ensure that future generations can visit actual historic sites and connect with our country''s and this area''s rich history.
Miller House

Many local residents have brought to our attention the need to save this historic structure. Rob Hoch, president of the White Plains Historical Society, recently said, "The Elijah Miller house is an important symbol of our Revolutionary Era. It is fitting that the county is taking necessary measures to ensure its preservation."

Incidently, in celebration of President''s Day, the Miller House and the Jacob Purdy House will be open to the public this Sunday, February 17th. The Miller House at 140 Virginia Road in North White Plains will be open from Noon to 3:00 PM. The Purdy House at 60 Park Avenue in White Plains will be open from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Admission is free.

Happy President''s Day and enjoy your weekend!













Yonkers, NY – Westchester County Legislator Jose Alvarado (D-Yonkers) is reaching out to the public on behalf of the family of slain deliveryman Martin Antonio Perez (pictured) . The 25-year old Yonkers father was gunned down in a stairwell last night while delivering a food order to an apartment at 50 Hawthorne Avenue in Yonkers.