MINUTES
COUNTY BOARD OF LEGISLATORS

APRIL 26, 2004 (10:00 A.M.)

 

The CountyBoard of Legislators met pursuant to adjournment.

 

The Honorable William J. Ryan in the Chair.

 

The Chair opened the meeting with the salute to our flag and an invocation.

 

The roll call resulted as follows:

 

Legislators: Young, Oros, Abinanti, Alvarado, Astorino, Bronz, Kaplowitz, LaMotte, Latimer, Maisano, Mosiello, Pinto, Rogowsky, Spreckman, Stewart-Cousins, Wishnie, Chair – 17.

 

Absent: None.

 

 

Mr. Young moved to suspend the regular order of business for the purpose of holding a public hearing – Carried.

 

The Clerk presented proof of publication of notice of the Public Hearing and read the rules for its conduct.

 

PUBLIC HEARING: Refuse Disposal District No. 1 – Amendment of 1998 District Report: COMMITTEE ON BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS AND THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS: ACT 75-2004: Proposed Act amending the 1998 District Report of Refuse Disposal District No.1.

 

There were no speakers.

 

No other person wishing to be heard, Mr. Young moved to close the Public Hearing and resume the regular order of business.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: CountyCenter: COMMITTEE ON BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS AND THE COMMITTEE ON PARKS: (BOND) ACT 76-2004: Bond Act authorizing the issuance of $170,000 in bonds to finance County Center Site Work (RCC10).

 

Mr. Kaplowitz presented the following report and Act and moved that the report be received, filed and approved and the Act adopted, which motion was carried by the following vote:

 

AYE: Legislators: Young, Oros, Abinanti, Alvarado, Astorino, Bronz, Kaplowitz, LaMotte, Latimer, Maisano, Mosiello, Pinto, Rogowsky, Spreckman, Stewart-Cousins, Wishnie, Chair – 17.

 

NAY: None.

 

COMMUNICATION: COUNTYEXECUTIVE: Transfer Resolution: Resolution transferring funds between general classification of accounts in the 2003 County Operating Budget was on motion of Mr. Young received, filed and referred to the Committee on Budget and Appropriations.

 

COMMUNICATION: COUNTYEXECUTIVE: 2003 Budget Amendment: Act amending the 2003 County Operating Budget was on motion of Mr. Young received, filed and referred to the Committee on Budget and Appropriations.

 

COMMUNICATION: COUNTYEXECUTIVE: Bond Act: Bond Act authorizing the issuance of $450,000 in CountyBonds to finance Miscellaneous Restoration and Rehabilitation projects at the County Airport (A066A) was on motion of Mr. Young received, filed and referred to the Committee on Budget and Appropriations, Committee on Public Works, Committee on Environment and Committee on Transportation.

 

COMMUNICATION: COUNTYEXECUTIVE: Bond Act: Bond Act authorizing the issuance of $3,100,000 in CountyBonds to finance Airport Plaza/Intersection Improvements (A0077) was on motion of Mr. Young received, filed and referred to the Committee on Budget and Appropriations, Committee on Public Works, Committee on Environment and Committee on Transportation.

 

COMMUNICATION: COUNTYEXECUTIVE: Bond Act: Bond Act authorizing the issuance of $800,000 in CountyBonds to finance Cleanup of the County Road Staging Area (A0082) was on motion of Mr. Young received, filed and referred to the Committee on Budget and Appropriations, Committee on Public Works, Committee on Environment and Committee on Transportation.

 

COMMUNICATION: COUNTYEXECUTIVE: Bond Act: Bond Act authorizing the issuance of $250,000 in CountyBonds to finance Airport Electrical System Upgrades (A0025) was on motion of Mr. Young received, filed and referred to the Committee on Budget and Appropriations, Committee on Public Works, Committee on Environment and Committee on Transportation.

 

COMMUNICATION: COUNTYEXECUTIVE: Bond Act: Bond Act authorizing the issuance of $600,000 in CountyBonds to finance Water Quality Improvement Projects in New Rochelle and Mamaroneck (BPL21) was on motion of Mr. Young received, filed and referred to the Committee on Budget and Appropriations and Committee on Public Works.

 

COMMUNICATION: COUNTYEXECUTIVE: Certiorari Refunds: Forwarding an information package of court ordered certiorari refunds to be paid by the Commissioner of Finance was on motion of Mr. Young received, filed and referred to the Committee on Budget and Appropriations.

 

COMMUNICATION: COUNTY EXECUTIVE: Grant and IMA’s re: Sheldrake River: Legislation authorizing the County to accept a matching grant from the State of New York State Department of State and enter into IMA’s with both the City of New Rochelle and the Town of Mamaroneck in order to undertake various projects designed to improve the water quality and fish and wildlife habitats of the Sheldrake River was on motion of Mr. Young received, filed and referred to the Committee on Budget and Appropriations and Committee on Environment.

 

COMMUNICATION: COUNTY EXECUTIVE: TraCS Use and Dissemination Agreement: Proposed Act authorizing the County to enter into Use and Dissemination Agreements with local municipalities pursuant to which the County will act as the lead agency to coordinate the municipalities’ use of New York State’s Traffic and Criminal Software (TraCS) program and act as a liaison with the NYS Police was on motion of Mr. Young received, filed and referred to the Committee on Budget and Appropriations and Committee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice.

 

COMMUNICATION: COUNTYEXECUTIVE: Bond Act: Bond Act authorizing the issuance of $480,000 in bonds for New/Replacement Locking Systems (Reference BCR14) was on motion of Mr. Young received, filed and referred to the Committee on Budget and Appropriations and Committee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice.

 

COMMUNICATION: COUNTYEXECUTIVE: Bond Act: Bond Act authorizing the issuance of $750,000 in bonds for Infrastructure Improvements (2001-2005) (Reference BCR5A) was on motion of Mr. Young received, filed and referred to the Committee on Budget and Appropriations, Committee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice and Committee on Public Works.

 

COMMUNICATION: COUNTY EXECUTIVE: IMA Extension: Proposed Act authorizing the County to extend until March 31, 2005, an IMA with Rockland County to accept a grant from New York State in the amount of $60,000 and authorizing the County to enter into IMA’s with Hudson River communities was on motion of Mr. Young received, filed and referred to the Committee on Budget and Appropriations and Committee on Parks.

 

COMMUNICATION: COUNTY EXECUTIVE: Capital Budget Amendment and Bond Act: Authorizing the County to amend its 2004 Capital Budget and issue a related Bond Act for the following Capital Project: Bus Acquisition Program – 30 Foot Buses (T012C) was on motion of Mr. Young received, filed and referred to the Committee on Budget and Appropriations and Committee on Transportation.

 

COMMUNICATION: LEGISLATORS MARTIN ROGOWSKY & VITO PINTO: Banning Animal Acts: Constituent correspondence requesting that the County ban entertainment acts that exploit animals was on motion of Mr. Young received, filed and referred to the Committee on Community Affairs.

 

COMMUNICATION: CLERK OF THE BOARD: Medicaid Reform: Resolution from the Fulton County Board of Supervisors establishing a moratorium on expansion of residential and day treatment facilities was on motion of Mr. Young received, filed and referred to the Committee on Legislation.

 

COMMUNICATION: HON. RICHARD WISHNIE: Alternative to Incarceration: Report from the Department of Probation on County alternatives to incarceration was on motion of Mr. Young received, filed and referred to the Committee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice.

 

COMMUNICATION: HON. TOM ABINANTI: Solid Waste Commission Annual Report: 2003 Annual Report for the County Solid Waste Commission was on motion of Mr. Young received, filed and referred to the Committee on Environment.

 

COMMUNICATION: HON. GEORGE LATIMER: HarborIsland Conservancy: Referring materials regarding the Harbor Island Conservancy in MamaroneckVillage was on motion of Mr. Young received, filed and referred to the Committee on Environment and Committee on Parks.

 

COMMUNICATION: HON. GEORGE LATIMER: Visiting Nurse Service: Referring the 2004 State Legislative Agenda for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York was on motion of Mr. Young received, filed and referred to the Committee on Health.

 

COMMUNICATION: HON. GEORGE LATIMER: Westchester Children’s Museum: Referring materials on the proposed Westchester Children’s Museum was on motion of Mr. Young received, filed and referred to the Committee on Community Affairs and Committee on Parks.

 

COMMUNICATION: HON. TOM ABINANTI: Home Rule Request: Resolution requesting the passage of Senate Bill No. 6730/Assembly Bill No.____, regarding leasing certain County parklands was on motion of Mr. Young received, filed and referred to the Committee on Legislation.

 

COMMUNICATION: HON. ROB ASTORINO: Indian Point: Press article on the economic impact of the Indian Point nuclear power plants was on motion of Mr. Young received, filed and referred to the Committee on Energy and Committee on Environment.

 

COMMUNICATION: HON. MARTY ROGOWSKY: Home Rule Request: Resolution requesting the passage of Senate Bill No. 7112/Assembly Bill No. 10230, regarding the payment of a fee for polygraph and related services was on motion of Mr. Young received, filed and referred to the Committee on Legislation.

 

COMMUNICATION: HON. LOU MOSIELLO: YALIS Program Funding Request: Funding request from the Yonkers Alliance for Latino and Immigrant Services (YALIS) was on motion of Mr. Young received, filed and referred to the Committee on Budget and Appropriations and Committee on Community Affairs.

 

COMMUNICATION: HON. ROB ASTORINO: Sewer District Modification: Requests for removal from the County Saw Mill Sewer District from the Town of Mt. Pleasant was on motion of Mr. Young received, filed and referred to the Committee on Budget and Appropriations and Committee on Public Works.

 

COMMITTEE ON BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS AND THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS: Refuse Disposal District No. 1 – Amendment of 1998 District Report: ACT 75-2004: Act amending the 1998 District Report of Refuse Disposal District No.1.

 

Mr. Kaplowitz presented the following report and Act which was laid “OVER” under the rules by Mr. Oros.

 

COMMITTEEON BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS AND THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION: RES 62-2004: Setting a Public Hearing on a proposed Local Law authorizing the County to consent to the assignment of a lease agreement with United Skyport Corporation. [Public Hearing set for May 10, 2004; at 7:30 p.m.; Local Law 7-2004.]

 

Mr. Kaplowitz presented the following Resolution and moved it adoption, which was declared adopted.

 

COMMITTEE ON BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS AND THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY: Enhanced 911 Surcharge Funds: ACT 77-2004: Act authorizing the expenditure of $2,795,924 in Enhanced 911 surcharge funds for the operation of the County’s E-911 system.

 

Mr. Kaplowitz presented the following report and Act and moved that the report be received, filed and approved and the Act adopted, which motion was carried by the following vote:

 

AYE: Legislators: Young, Oros, Abinanti, Alvarado, Astorino, Bronz, Kaplowitz, LaMotte, Latimer, Maisano, Mosiello, Pinto, Rogowsky, Spreckman, Stewart-Cousins, Wishnie, Chair – 17.

 

NAY: None.

 

COMMITTEEON LEGISLATION: Medicaid Reform: RES 63-2004: Resolution calling upon New YorkState to make fundamental structural reform to the financing of the Medicaid program and capping the local share of Medicaid at 2003 base levels.

 

Mr. Rogowsky presented the following Resolution and moved it adoption, which was declared adopted.

 

COMMITTEE ON LEGISLATION: Medicaid Reform: RES 64-2004 (As amended): Resolution commending the Governor and New York State Senate for efforts to pursue relief for local governments by reforming Medicaid and endorsing and calling for the swift passage of Medicaid reform measures that would allow for a New York state takeover of all local costs associated with Medicaid.

 

Mr. Rogowsky presented the following Resolution and moved it adoption, which was declared adopted.

 

 

COMMITTEEON PUBLIC SAFETY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Violent Crimes Task Force: ACT 78 -2004: Act authorizing the County to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the FBI, other law enforcement agencies and the City of White Plains to continue the County’s participation in the Violent Crimes Task Force.

 

Mr. Wishnie presented the following report and Act and moved that the report be received, filed and approved and the Act adopted, which motion was carried by the following vote:

 

AYE: Legislators: Young, Oros, Abinanti, Alvarado, Astorino, Bronz, Kaplowitz, LaMotte, Latimer, Maisano, Mosiello, Pinto, Rogowsky, Spreckman, Stewart-Cousins, Wishnie, Chair – 17.

 

NAY: None.

 

COMMITTEEON HOUSING: Flexible Voucher Program: RES 65-2004: Resolution urging the abandonment of the Flexible Voucher Program proposal in its present form seeking alternatives to address affordable housing needs in the County.

 

Mrs. Bronz presented the following Resolution and moved its adoption, which was laid “OVER” under the rules by Mr. Mosiello.

 

UNANIMOUS CONSENT: COMMITTEEON PUBLIC SAFETY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Office of Fire Prevention & Control: RES 66-2004: Resolution falling upon the Governor to restore funding for State fire instructor hours allocated to WestchesterCounty.

 

Mr. Wishnie presented the following Resolution and moved it adoption, which was declared adopted.

 

Memorial Resolutions: RES 67-2004:

 

Mr. Latimer: Susan Lehman, Patricia McQuade, Joseph Zavaglia, Margaret Wyckoff

Mr. Abinanti: Floyd H. Lichtenberg

Mr. Astorino: Rex Rescigno

Mr. Pinto: Mary Jane Murphy

Mrs. LaMotte: Ward Botsford

All Legislators: Bryan W. Woodruff

Mrs. Bronz and All Legislators: Jill Billups Beltran

Mr. Kaplowitz: Michael J. McGarry

All Legislators: Marie T. Seckerson

Mr. Maisano: Margaret Graham, Mary Creaturo, John Spina, Frances DeLeo

Mr. Wishnie: Michael N. Trocheck

 

The above-named Legislators presented the following memorial Resolutions and moved their adoption, which were declared adopted.

 

 

 

On MOTION of Legislator Young,

The Board adjourns.