What’s Happening at the County Board: Week of January 25, 2010

Committee Meeting Preview: Items for Discussion

1/25/2010 10:13:39 AM

 

 

Please note: Latest committee meeting agendas (including “TBA” agendas) posted at www.westchesterlegislators.com/calendar

 

 

 

Monday, January 25, 2010 

 

9:00 AM

 

Public Safety & Security—Hon. Vito Pinto, Chair; Contact: Melanie Montalto (995-8620)

 

  • Organizational Meeting (including discussion of previous agenda items)


10:00 AM

 

Budget & Appropriations—Hon. Jose Alvarado, Chair; Contact: Sally Schecter (995-2832)

 

  • Set quorums for call to order, Committee action and meeting time
  • Approval of CBAC Resolution for 2010/2011
  • Sub-Committee on Litigation appointments
  • Sub-Committee on Real Estate appointments
  • Sub-Committee on Capital Projects appointments
  • 10:30 AM – Finance Commissioner Anne Marie Berg and Deputy
  • 11:00 AM – Budget Director Lawrence Soule
     

2:30 PM

 

Legislation—Hon. John Nonna, Chair; Contact: Melanie Montalto (995-8620)  

 

  • Affordable Housing—Right of First Refusal: Proposed Local Law to exempt the sale and/or transfer of property to provide fair and affordable housing from a municipality’s right of first refusal. 

 

 

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 

 

9:30 AM

 

Housing & Planning—Hon. Bill Burton, Chair; Contact: Barbara Dodds (995-4429)

 

  • Agenda TBA

 

 

10:30 AM

 

Generational, Cultural & Ethnic Diversity—Hon. Bernice Spreckman, Chair; Contact: Rose Vinci (995-8434)

 

  • Organizational meeting
    -- Legislative priorities for 2010-2011 session
    -- Setting of quorums for call to order and Committee action
     

11:30 AM

 

Government Operations, Efficiency & Savings—Hon. Michael Kaplowitz, Chair; Contact: Tara Bernard (995-6297)

 

  • Organizational meeting
    -- Legislative priorities for 2010-2011 session
    -- Setting of quorums for call to order and Committee action
    -- Preliminary review of 2010 State Legislative Package
     

3:00 PM

 

Community Services—Hon. Alfreda Williams, Chair; Contact: Melanie Montalto (995-8620)

 

  • Committee organization
    -- Quorum for call to order and Committee action 
  • Dr. Grant Mitchell, Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health, will provide the Committee with an update on the Department
    -- Update on DXM law

 

 

Friday, January 29, 2010

 

9:00 AM

 

Generational, Cultural & Ethnic Diversity—Hon. Bernice Spreckman, Chair; Contact: Rose Vinci (995-8434)

 

  • This meeting will take place off-site, at the Westchester County Center!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Cup of Joe with Judy and George

District Office Hours to be held Saturday, Jan. 30 in Rye and Mamaroneck

1/25/2010 4:59:55 PM

 

 

County Legislator Judy Myers and State Assemblyman George Latimer are once again holding Saturday “office hours” to share a cup of coffee and conversation about county and state issues with local residents.  District Office Hours will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Ruby’s Oyster House, 45 Purchase Street in Rye; and from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Nautilus Diner, 1240 East Boston Post Road in Mamaroneck.

 

No appointment required.  Literature on county and state issues will be available.

 

For more information contact Legislator Myers at (914) 995-2802 or Assemblyman Latimer at (914) 777-3832

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legislator Bill Ryan Takes Oath of Office at Post Road School

1/29/2010 12:47:00 PM

 

 

(White Plains, NY) -- On Wednesday, January 20, Legislator Bill Ryan, who represents White Plains and Scarsdale on the County Board of Legislators, took his oath of office at a special ceremony at the new Post Road School in White Plains.  The school’s fifth grade students assembled in the auditorium to observe the ceremony.  White Plains City Judge JoAnn Friia administered the oath of office, assisted by several students who held the Bible used in the ceremony.  This event coordinates with the fifth grade study of government. 

 

After explaining the significance of the oath and the duties of a Westchester County legislator, Legislator Ryan answered questions posed by the students.  “The kids were great,” he said.  “They had a high level of interest and their questions were very insightful.  Clearly they’re learning a lot in their study of government.”  Even the teachers participated, posing questions about a legislator’s day and some of the exciting events Mr. Ryan recalled from his tenure as Chairman of the Board of Legislators. 

 

Back in 2008, Legislator Ryan took his oath of office at Ridgeway School in a special ceremony for fifth graders.  Throughout the year, Legislator Ryan offers a student legislature program to fifth graders in his district.  The students visit the offices of the County Board of Legislators to learn about government and to actually take seats in the Board Chamber to debate and vote on legislative proposals.

The four students who assisted in the ceremony standing with Judge Friia, County Legislator Ryan and Mrs. Ryan following the oath of office ceremony.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: Board of Legislators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s Happening at the County Board: Week of February 1, 2010

Board & Committee Meeting Preview: Items for Discussion

2/1/2010 12:09:06 PM

 

 

Please note: Latest Board and committee meeting agendas (including “TBA” agendas) posted at www.westchesterlegislators.com/calendar

 

 

 

Monday, February 1, 2010 

 

9:15 AM

 

Public Safety & Security—Hon. Vito Pinto, Chair; Contact: Melanie Montalto (995-8620) 

 

  • Tony Sutton, Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services, will provide the Committee with an overview and update on the Department.
  • The Committee will discuss the extension of the Motorola contract for the first responder and public transportation radio system with Commissioner Sutton.
     

10:00 AM

 

Budget & Appropriations—Hon. Jose Alvarado, Chair; Contact: Sally Schecter (995-2832)  

 

  • Health Care Contributions: Act to require all non-represented/managerial employees and retirees under the jurisdiction of the County Executive to contribute fifteen percent (15%) of the overall cost of the premium rate of the basic County Health Insurance Plan. 

 

 

12:00 PM

 

Rules—Hon. Tom Abinanti, Chair; Contact: Joanne Sold (995-2803) 

 

  • Resolution designating the newspapers for official publications of all local laws, notices and other matters require by law to be published
  • Personnel Matters
     

1:00 PM

 

Legislation—Hon. John Nonna, Chair; Contact: Melanie Montalto (995-8620)  

 

  • Affordable Housing—Right of First Refusal: Proposed Local Law to exempt the sale and/or transfer of property to provide fair and affordable housing from a municipality’s right of first refusal.
     

3:00 PM

 

Energy—Hon. Martin Rogowsky, Chair; Contact: Christopher Crane (995-2104)

 

  • Update on Energy Programs/Assistance: Review of the status of energy-related funds received through the ARRA Stimulus legislation and other programs (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, Weatherization, etc.) 


7:00 PM

 

Regular Meeting of the County BOARD OF LEGISLATORS – Streamed Live starting at 7:00 PM

 

* Black History & Heritage Celebration (starts at 6:00 PM)
Residents from all over Westchester County will convene Monday night at the County Office Building to celebrate Black History Month. In proclaiming February as Black History & Heritage Month in Westchester County, the Board of Legislators will celebrate the outstanding contributions of Black Americans. This year’s celebration, "Living the Dream – Leaving A Legacy," will acknowledge unsung heroes countywide. All are welcome to attend. Click here for a video preview of the event; to access the event Program, click here
 

 

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

 

11:00 AM

 

Government Operations, Efficiency & Savings—Hon. Michael Kaplowitz, Chair; Contact: Tara Bernard (995-6297)

 

  • Review of proposed committee blueprints
  • Continued discussion of 2010 State Legislative Package (* Note: At the conclusion of all other business, the Committee will recess until
    2:30pm to discuss Early Intervention with Acting Health Commissioner Patsy Yang)
  • Health Care Contributions: An Act to require all non-represented/managerial employees and retirees under the jurisdiction of the County Executive to contribute 15% of the overall cost of the premium rate of the basic County Health Insurance Plan
     

3:00 PM

 

Community Services—Hon. Alfreda Williams, Chair; Contact: Melanie Montalto (995-8620)

 

  • Patsy Lewis, Acting Commissioner of the Department of Health will provide the Committee with an overview and update on the Department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westchester County Legislators Withhold Vote on Proposal Requiring Health Care Contributions for County Employees

2/1/2010 9:50:50 PM

 

 

(White Plains, NY) – Westchester County Board Chair Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) announced that the proposal requiring health insurance contributions for county’s employees under the County Executive’s jurisdiction, due for a vote at tonight’s Board of Legislators meeting has been recommitted to the Board’s Budget and Appropriations Committee for additional review by Majority Leader Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh).  “Board members are not prepared, at this time, to vote on this measure,” said Jenkins.  “More time, however, is needed by the Board to continue to review this all-important matter.”  

 

The proposed measure outlines that the total cost of a Health Maintenance Organization, which is required to be paid by employees who choose such heath insurance plans, all non-represented/managerial employees and retirees under the jurisdiction of the County Executive shall contribute fifteen per cent (15%) of the overall cost of the basic County health insurance plan. 

 

“I want to make sure that we can come up with legislation that truly encompasses all the viewpoints expressed by the Westchester legislators,” said Jenkins. “I’m confident that, through this process, we will produce an agreement that will provide maximum cost-savings to Westchester taxpayers. These items include offering pre-tax flexible spending accounts, incentives for employee opt-out and issuing an request for proposal (RFP) for different health plans.”