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Board & Committee Meeting Preview: Items for Discussion

11/6/2009 4:51:14 PM

 

 

Please note: Latest Board and committee meeting agendas posted online at www.westchesterlegislators.com/calendar

 

 

 

Monday, November 9, 2009

 

10:00 AM

 

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

 

  • 330 Riverdale Avenue Affordable Housing Project: Act to amend Act 220-2008 to authorize a decrease in the period of affordability for the affordable housing development to be known as 330 Riverdale Avenue in Yonkers from 50 years to 30 years. 
  • Housing Stipulation (ADC – Public Hearing: Resolution to set a Public Hearing on a Local Law adopting the Westchester County Interim Fair and Affordable Housing Plan, in compliance with the terms and conditions of the ADC lawsuit settlement 
  • Housing Stipulation (ADC) – Local Law: Local Law adopting the Westchester County Interim Fair and Affordable Housing Plan, in Compliance with the terms and conditions of the ADC lawsuit settlement.
  • Budget Transfer (DSS-MMIS) – 2009 Operating Budget:  Act amending the 2009 County Operating Budget to fund an increase to the appropriation in the Department of Social Services – MMIS Medical Assistance Account

 

 

2:00 PM

 

Sub-committee on Litigation (Budget)—Hon. John Nonna, Chair; Coordinator: Sally Schecter (995-2832)

 

  • Settlement Approval-DiBattista: Act approving a settlement in the matter entitled DiBattista, et al. v. County of Westchester, et al
  • Jackson, Lewis-Increase Not-To Exceed Amount (DiBattista): Act authorizing an increase in the not to exceed amount in the contract between the County of Westchester and the Law Firm of Jackson, Lewis for a total not to exceed of $150,000 so that this firm can continue to represent the interests of the County of Westchester and County Executive Andrew J. Spano in appealing the decision rendered in the action entitled DiBattista, et al. v. County of Westchester, Et Al.
  • Settlement of Litigation-DiBattista: $1,200,000 in bonds
  • Discussion of Ropes and Gray letter to Medical Center regarding pass through of Medicaid payment from Federal Government.

 

 

3:30 PM

 

Environment & Energy—Hon. Tom Abinanti, Chair; Committee Counsel: Christopher Crane (995-2104)

 

  • Agenda TBA 

 

 

7:00 PM

 

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

 

  

 

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 

 

1:30 PM

 

Government Operations—Hon. Ken Jenkins, Chair; Coordinators: Tara Bernard (995-6297) & Barbara Dodds (995-4429)  

 

  • Water Quality Improvement Projects: $500,000 in bonds to finance Capital Project BPL21-Water Quality Improvement Projects.  
  • Labs and Research Equipment Acquisition: $640,000 to finance Capital Project BLR2B-Labs and Research Equipment Acquisition (2006-2010) 
  • Fulton Avenue Bridge over Hutchinson River, Mt. Vernon and Pelham Manor: $6,370,000 in bonds   
  • Bronx River Parkway at Crane Road: Act amendment authorizing the issuance of an additional $200,000 in bonds (for a total not-to-exceed amount of $3,420,000) to finance rehabilitation work on the Bronx River Parkway at Crane Road over Bronx River and Railroad, Greenburgh and Scarsdale 
  • Peekskill Wastewater Treatment Plant: $975,000 in bonds to finance Mechanical, Sludge Handling Upgrades at the Peekskill Wastewater Treatment Plant 
  • Pump Station Rehabilitation Program: $2,100,000 in bonds  
  • Peekskill WWTP Secondary Process and Heating System Upgrades: $1,600,000 in bonds 
  • Tarrytown Forcemain Replacement: $9,500,000 in bonds 
  • Sewer District Modification (Mamaroneck SSD – Harrison): Resolution setting a Public Hearing on an act to modify the Mamaroneck Sanitary Sewer District by the removal of one (1) parcel of property in the Town of Harrison (109 Pleasant Ridge Rd.) Associated Act also included for discussion.
     

3:00 PM

 

Community Services—Hon. Lois Bronz, Chair; Coordinator: Melanie Montalto (995-8620)   

 

  • The Child Care Council of Westchester will give an update on the Westchester County Child Care Scholarship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note: Votes were unanimous (15-0; Oros, Harckham absent) unless otherwise indicated.

11/10/2009 3:39:30 PM

 

 

APPROVED: Employee Productivity Systems
$1,000,000 Bond Act to finance Capital Project BIT4A: Employee Productivity Systems, a new clinic management and billing system for the County Dept. of Health and case/operations management solutions for the County Dept. of Community Mental Health (12-3; No: Maisano, Burrows, Nonna)

 

PUBLIC HEARING SET: Proposed 2010 County Budget Public Hearing
Public Hearing on the 2010 proposed Westchester County Budget to be held on Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 7:00pm in the Chambers of the Board of Legislators

 

PUBLIC HEARING SET: ADC Lawsuit Settlement
Public Hearing to adopt the Westchester County Interim Fair and Affordable Housing Plan in compliance with the terms and conditions of the associated lawsuit settlement set for Monday, November 23, 2009 at 7:30 PM.

 

APPROVED: Budget Transfer (2009 Operating Budget) – Dept. of Social Services
Act amending the 2009 County Operating Budget to fund an increase of $51,826,756 to the appropriation in the Department of Social Services’ MMIS-Medical Assistance Account. (13-2; No: Maisano, Burrows)

 

APPROVED: Budget Transfer (2009 Operating Budget) – Dept. of Social Services
Act amending the 2009 County Operating Budget to fund a $22,146,400 increase to the appropriation in the Department of Social Services’ MMIS-Medical Assistance account (13-2; No: Maisano, Burrows)

 

APPROVED: Legal Proceedings against I.Park Westchester LLC
Act authorizing the County Attorney to institute legal proceedings against I.Park Westchester, LLC for non-payment of monies due as per written agreement to reimburse the County of Westchester for rental payments it made while waiting to take possession of the premises known as I.Park Westchester located in Yonkers

 

APPROVED: Health Care Expenditures
Act authorizing the County Attorney to compromise the County of Westchester’s right to be reimbursed for health care benefits expended on behalf of the listed insured’s recovery from legal action or settlement.

 

APPROVED: Jackson, Lewis Increase Amount
Act increasing the “not to exceed” amount from $20,000 to $40,000 to allow Jackson, Lewis to continue to represent the County Attorney’s office in an administrative proceeding initiated against an employee in the Law Department. 

 

Approved Infrastructure and Sewer System-related Upgrades

 

  • HVAC Equipment Upgrade: $250,000 in bonds
  • Yonkers Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant - Sluice Gate Replacement: $800,000 in bonds
  • Pump Station Rehabilitation (Saw Mill Sanitary Sewer District): $1,100,000 in bonds
  • Yonkers Joint Treatment Plant - Sludge Handling Equipment: $850,000 in bonds
  • Mamaroneck Wastewater Treatment Plant - Secondary Heating and Chemical Handling Upgrades: $800,000 in bonds
  • Yonkers Wastewater Treatment Plant - Chlorine Contact Tank and Gas Piping Upgrade: $3,632,000 in bonds
  • Peekskill WWTP - Upgrade of Electrical System: $6,100,000 Amended Bond Act, including $1,200,000 in previously authorized bonds
  • North Yonkers Pump Station - 54” Forcemain Surge Chamber: $3,500,000 Amended Bond Act, including $400,000 in previously authorized bonds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legislator Jenkins sponsors resolution to implement tax saving measures

11/13/2009 10:11:43 AM

 

 

In heeding the call from county residents to reduce the tax burden, Westchester County lawmakers are considering the passage of a resolution to create a business advisory committee to the Board, to assist the Board on developing policy for implementing recommendations for streamlining and consolidating county government.  This comes on the heels of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s recent local government consolidation law (signed into law in June), giving voters the legal authority to eliminate duplication of services. Cuomo’s proposal was based on the work of the Lundine Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competititiveness, which reviewed ways that the State’s over 4,200 local governments can save taxpayer dollars and become more efficient by sharing services and undertaking regional collaboration.  This resolution was introduced in September by Legislator Ken Jenkins (D, I, WF – Yonkers), Chairman of the Committee on Government Operations.  The Business Advisory Committee (“Committee”) will provide recommendations for policy changes that the County Board could enact that will enable savings to taxpayers estimated to save $1 billion dollars statewide through municipal modernization, shared services and consolidation.

 

The 2010 County budget will be presented by the County Executive Monday, November 16th.  Several municipal budgets have been presented with proposed tax increases that exceed increases in the cost of living.  It is essential that these tax saving measures be implemented to provide the necessary relief to all taxpayers.  Through the actions of the County Board, the tax levy’s proposed have averaged less than the CPI increases over the last 5 years.  “We do not need more studies, we need action to control spending, provide tax relief and save money,” said Legislator Jenkins.  “This Committee will be tap into the vast intellectual intelligence of Westchester’s business community to use best practices that will save taxes. “ The Committee -- as proposed-- will be similar to the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee reporting to Government Operations of the County Board.  The Committee as envisioned will include, but is not limited to members from the Westchester County Association and the Business Council of Westchester who can share best practices from the private sector.

 

“The formation of this Committee is another important cog in the County Board’s Charter responsibility to set policy that result in tax fairness and cost containment,” said Legislator Jenkins.  The Government Operations Committee is deliberating the resolution and plans to have the item before the full County Board before this legislative term ends.

 

*** LEGISLATOR JENKINS IS AVAILABLE FOR PHOTO OPP AND RADIO/ON-CAMERA INTERVIEWS ***

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Committee Meeting Preview: Items for Discussion

11/13/2009 1:44:34 PM

 

 

Please note: Latest committee meeting agendas posted online at www.westchesterlegislators.com/calendar 

 

* The full 2010 County Operating Budget Review Schedule can be accessed by visiting the following link: http://www.westchesterlegislators.com/Calendar/2010BudgetReviewSchedule.html

 

  

 

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

 

10:00 AM

 

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

 

2010 County Operating Budget Review

 

The following departments are scheduled to appear:

 

  • District Attorney
  • Labs & Research
  • Social Services
     

Joint with

 

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

 

  • Veterans’ Tax Credit

  

 

10:00 AM 

 

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

 

  • Judy Matson, of ArtsWestchester, will discuss the grant received from the Board of Legislators to provide seniors with the opportunity to visit Westchester’s historic cultural attractions and their new request, which will include both seniors and school-aged children. 
  • Annette Alve, Westchester County Office for Women, will present the results of a domestic violence survey.  Survey was a collaborative initiative between the Westchester County Office for the Disabled and the Office for Women reaching out to women and men both with disabilities and victims of domestic violence.

 
Wednesday, November 18, 2009

 

10:00 AM

 

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

 

2010 County Operating Budget Review

 

The following departments are scheduled to appear:

 

  • Human Resources
  • Board of Elections
  • Office for Women
  • Youth Bureau
  • Law
      

Thursday, November 19, 2009

 

10:00 AM

 

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

 

2010 County Operating Budget Review

 

The following departments are scheduled to appear:

 

  • Public Works
  • Parks, Recreation & Conservation
  • Consumer Protection
     

7:00 PM

 

Public Hearing on 2010 County Operating Budget

 

Mt. Vernon City Hall
1 Roosevelt Square, Mt. Vernon

 

 

 

Friday, November 20, 2009

 

10:00 AM

 

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

 

2010 County Operating Budget Review

 

The following departments are scheduled to appear:

 

  • Health
  • Community Mental Health
  • Senior Programs & Services