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Chair: William Burton


Committee Members: Peter Harckham, Judy Myers, John Nonna, Martin Rogowsky, Bernice Spreckman, Alfreda Wlliams


Staff: Barbara Dodds


The Housing, Planning and Operations Committee oversees the relevant Westchester County departments that conduct broad-scale and specific planning work and, in particular, that impact on fair and affordable housing. Through research, analysis, budgetary support, and legislation, the Committee encourages residential stability, assists in the management and prevention of homelessness, and safeguards homeowners and tenants from unfair practices. Committee meetings serve as opportunities to share ideas among levels of government, not-for-profit special interest groups, private industry, and the public. The Committee also works to:

  • Improve public perception and municipal support for developing and sustaining a variety of housing for diverse constituencies;
  • Promote business community involvement;
  • Evaluate County involvement in fair housing issues; and support improvements in municipal operations to achieve fair taxation of property owners

The Committee’s Advisory Members include leaders in the business and housing communities:

  • Geoffrey Anderson, Exec. Dir., Westchester Residential Opportunities
  • Albert Annunziata, Exec. Dir., Building and Realty Institute
  • Marsha Gordon, President, Westchester Business Council
  • Blanca Lopez, Program Director, Human Development Services of Westchester
  • Dennis McDermott, Vice President and regional community relations officer for JPMorgan Chase
  • Thomas McGrath, Sr. VP, Community Preservation Corp.