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Board of Legislators to Celebrate Women’s History Month

Board of Legislators to Celebrate Women’s History Month

  White Plains, NY — In proclaiming March as Women’s History Month in Westchester County, the Board of Legislators will celebrate the outstanding contributions of four woman serving the public good. Read more

Released:03-18-2019 | See More _Newsroom

Board Honors Community Leaders at Irish History and Heritage Celebration

Board Honors Community Leaders at Irish History and Heritage Celebration

White Plains, NY — On Monday, the Westchester County Board of Legislators held its annual Irish History and Heritage Celebration. Read more

Released:03-12-2019 | See More _Newsroom

Board Celebrates Black History Month; Honors Local Education and Business Leaders

Board Celebrates Black History Month; Honors Local Education and Business Leaders

White Plains, NY — The Westchester County Board of Legislators on Monday celebrated outstanding leaders in education and business -- New York State Board of Regents representative for Judicial District 9 Judith Johnson and pioneering business leader Robert "Bob" Holland Jr. -- as part of the Board's annual Black History and Heritage celebration. Read more

Released:02-26-2019 | See More _Newsroom

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Det. Christopher Ridley Memorial

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Det. Christopher Ridley Memorial

Friday, January 25, 2019 marked the 11th anniversary of the death of Mount Vernon Police Detective Christopher Ridley, who lost his life after intervening in an altercation outside a County office building at 85 Court Street in White Plains.  Legislators proudly joined the County Executive, Det. Ridley's parents, and other elected officials and friends and family of Det. Ridley in finally breaking ground on a permanent memorial at the plaza... Read more

Released:01-28-2019 | See More _Newsroom

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Westchester Legislators Deliver 0% Tax Increase and Protect Jobs in 2012 Budget



The Democratic majority of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) presented its 2012 County Budget yesterday, delivering a promised 0% increase in the County Tax Levy and restoring 187 jobs to the County workforce that had been cut in the County Executive’s proposed budget.


After a day and night of negotiations with members of the BOL’s Republican caucus and with County Executive Astorino, the BOL’s 2012 County Budget was passed in a special meeting early this morning by a vote of 16-1. It now goes to the County Executive for consideration.

―After listening to several hundred residents in our three public budget hearings and then bringing their ideas and concerns into a careful analysis of the numbers, we have been able to create a budget for 2012 that is right for Westchester,‖ said BOL Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers). ―This budget preserves essential investments in our infrastructure and prioritizes the maintenance of important programs that protect public safety, public health and the environment.

The BOL’s 2012 County Budget contains a $1.698 billion spending plan, which is a decrease of more than $91 million from the 2011 County Budget. Also, the BOL’s spending and revenue plans are balanced without using fund balance, which will help protect Westchester County’s AAA Bond rating.

―The only way we could justify bringing back 187 County jobs to the 2012 budget was to offset expenditures and find the funding within the confines of the existing budgeted numbers,‖ said BOL Majority Leader Peter Harckham (D-Katonah), who noted that additional revenue in the BOL budget includes additional revenue projected at nearly $8.5 million ($4.8 million from the Department of Social Services), over $1 million in reimbursements generated from health center funding and over $8 million in health care savings. ―Bottom line is we have put $8.48 million of additions into our 2012 budget by creating $8.48 million in deletions,‖ said Harckham.

The strong degree of fiscal responsibility in the BOL’s 2012 proposed budget is also ―right for Westchester,‖ noted Jenkins.

―We adopted a budget with a 0% increase in County Tax Levy, and there will be no use of fund balance,‖ said Jenkins. ―It is our intention to protect County’s AAA Bond Rating, and the Board’s actions and financial decisions in 2011 are projected to return $15.8 million to fund balance, and I’m sure this will be viewed positively by the financial community as well.

The community-minded investments that the BOL deems to be ―Right for Westchester‖ include capital project funding for bridge repairs and flood mitigation, plus maintaining the six County Nature Centers and restoring funding for the Greenburgh Nature Center, the County’s deer management program and Cornell Cooperative Extension.