Yorktown, New Castle, Somers
Michael Kaplowitz

Westchester County Legislator Michael B. Kaplowitz, a Democrat, has represented the 4th District (Yorktown, New Castle and Somers) since 1998.

Kaplowitz previously served as Vice-Chairman of the Board and on January 6th, 2014, Michael was elected as Chairman of the Board and re-elected as Chairman, unanimously, in 2016. Mike delivered on his promise to ensure that each of the 17 members of the county board would hold a leadership position or committee chair in order to maximize bipartisanship and legislative cooperation.

His education and expertise as an attorney and certified financial planner led to his appointment as Chair of the Budget & Appropriations Committee in 2003. During difficult 2002 budget discussions, Kaplowitz found a way to cut over $50 million in the proposed budget; in 2005, as Budget Chair, he was able to deliver a 0% tax levy increase and for the 2011 Budget, Mike was able to lead the Legislature in a 2% tax decrease.

Michael played a critical role in the passage of the historic, bipartisan 2013 budget. Since then, Mike has worked hard and cooperatively with his colleagues to maintain vital services and still deliver a 0% tax increase for the subsequent four years.

Beginning in January of 2018, Michael’s successor appointed him as chair of a key committee – the Committee on Parks, Planning & Economic Development. With over 20 years of service on the Board of Legislators, and as the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board, Michael is uniquely qualified to oversee these extensive operations.

Throughout his 21-year career in public service, Chairman Kaplowitz has earned a reputation as a Legislator who works diligently to foster an atmosphere of collegiality with all of his colleagues.

Mike Kaplowitz is a budget expert, fiscal conservative and small business owner who has found and eliminated millions in wasteful Westchester County spending. He has also identified numerous cost-saving measures. For example, Mike actively supported and helped fund Westchester's Care Coordination Program, which combines and coordinates certain services and programs between the County's Department of Social Services and Department of Community Mental Health. In fact, Westchester's Care Coordination Program was selected as a national, innovative healthcare program by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This award was based on the program's novel approach by the County and documented success in improving the quality of life for individuals with mental illness, while simultaneously reducing costs.

As Chairman of the Board, Mike Kaplowitz led the Legislature in passing major initiatives, such as a public-private partnership with the County’s historic Playland Amusement Park and most recently, the lease of the “North 60” property in Valhalla, which will soon be home to a major$1.2 billion bio-tech center and many new, good paying jobs.

Kaplowitz, a long-time environmentalist and past Chair of the Westchester County Legislature's Environment & Energy Committee, has helped preserve over 11,000 acres of open space in Westchester. He was the co-author of the Smoke-Free Workplace Act and co-chaired the Legislature's Healthy Air Task Force, which resulted in the County's purchase of Hybrid Vehicles and ultra low sulfur fuel for County buses. During the last legislative term, Mike joined his fellow legislators in passing a law that bans the use of No. 4 and No. 6 oil. Mike is committed to continuing his efforts on all conservation issues.

Mike is an aggressive supporter of tax fairness and has fought for and won relief for thousands of Northern Westchester homeowners who were paying sewer taxes despite never being hooked up to sewers. He has led the legislative effort to keep the sewage fairness issue on the front burner for years, and has kept alive the long battle on behalf of Yeshiva, Riverwoods and Random Farms homeowners in New Castle. After 18 years of diligence and commitment to the New Castle community, Mike was finally able to pass legislation that provided the Town with $16 million to make these much needed modifications. This victory will stop the current flow of partially-treated sewage from entering our drinking water.

Legislator Kaplowitz has a long history of involvement in a wide variety of community and civic organizations, including the Volunteer Center, the March of Dimes Walk America, the American Red Cross, the Partnership Fund for Aging Services,and the Somers Lions.

Mike earned his B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law. Mike and his wife Jayne live in Somers and have two adult daughters.

Michael Kaplowitz is the third longest serving Legislator in the history of the Board of Legislators.

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