I heard the taxpayers loud and clear, so my goal here is to get the County Executives proposed tax increase down to zero.

11/17/2009 1:34:08 PM

 

 

“The taxpayers have spoken.  We must do better,” said Westchester County Legislator and Board Vice Chairman Michael B. Kaplowitz (D-I, Somers), today after receiving the County Executive’s 2010 proposed County Budget, which put forth a 4.88% property tax increase.  A number that Kaplowitz, a Certified Financial Planner and immediate past chairman of the Legislature’s Budget & Appropriations Committee, said is simply “Unacceptable.”  

 

“These are very tough economic times.  People have lost – or are in fear of losing – their jobs, many have depleted their savings and/or retirement accounts, and are simply maxed out on property taxes,” Kaplowitz stated.

 

According to Kaplowitz, bringing the budget to a 0% tax increase would require $26 million in cuts.  “It will not be an easy time for this legislature over the coming weeks.  Some difficult decisions will have to be made.  But if we are going to get this number down, everyone is going to have to sacrifice,” said Kaplowitz.  “We must share the pain in order to share the gain.  That means ratcheting down government expenses to meet reduced revenues.”

 

Kaplowitz’ proposed cuts will be released at a later date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hearings will help shape County budget; Board is determined to maintain fiscal conservation

11/18/2009 9:54:52 AM

 

 

 

 

What:  

 

 

Westchester County Board Chairman William J. Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains) and the Board’s Budget and Appropriations Chairman Jose I. Alvarado (D, WFP-Yonkers) today announce neighborhood-based budget oversight meetings, in which residents within the southern region of the county can voice their concerns about the 2010 proposed county budget submitted by County Executive Andy Spano.  Residents who live in the following communities are welcome to attend:  Yonkers, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, Bronxville, Pelham, Pelham Manor, Eastchester and Tuckahoe

 

 

Who:

 

 

Speakers to attend include:

 

  • Legislator Jose Alvarado (D, WFP-Yonkers), Chair – Committee on Budget and Appropriations
  • Board Chairman William Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains)
  • Various agency and/or department heads
  • Local non-profit, civic and community leaders
  • Members of the Legislature 

 

Where:    

 

 

Mt. Vernon City Hall
1 Roosevelt Square (Stevens Ave btwn South 5th Ave and Wilson Place)
Mt. Vernon, New York
 

 

 

When:    

 

 

Thursday, November 19th, 2009 at 7:00pm SHARP!
 

 

 

Why:  

 

 

The Office of Management and Budget formulates an annual budget for the coming year for the administration. That proposed budget is then forwarded to members of the Legislature for review. The budget is then reviewed by members of the Legislature. They, in turn, either accept the administration’s budget as is, or they make recommendations for changes to the budget. Those changes, as well as the administration’s proposed budget are aired during a public hearing. At that time, members of the public, as well as department heads and managers, are welcome to discuss the proposed budget.        

 

 

 

 

 

Hearings will help shape County budget; Board is determined to maintain fiscal conservation

11/18/2009 11:50:26 AM

 

 

Westchester County Board Chairman William J. Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains) and the Board’s Budget and Appropriations Chairman Jose I. Alvarado (D, WFP-Yonkers) announce regional budget oversight meetings, in which residents throughout the county can voice their concerns about the 2010 proposed county budget submitted by County Executive Andy Spano.  The Office of Management and Budget formulates an annual budget for the coming year for the administration. That proposed budget is then forwarded to members of the Legislature for review. They, in turn, either accept the administration’s budget as is, or they make recommendations for changes to the budget. Those changes, as well as the administration’s proposed budget are aired during public hearing. At that time, members of the public, as well as department heads and managers, are welcome to discuss the proposed budget.  Over the course of these hearings, legislators and the public will engage in a discussion about the direct fiscal consequences of the County Executive’s financial plan and its impact on  local programs and services supported by the county, alternative proposals that the Legislature is proposing or may consider, and explore how the current budget is working and where reforms and other changes are necessary.

 

Southern County Region Public Hearing - Mount Vernon
(Residents who live in the following communities are welcome to attend:  Yonkers, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, Bronxville, Pelham, Pelham Manor, Eastchester and Tuckahoe)

 

Thursday, November 19th, 2009 at 7:00pm

 

Mt. Vernon City Hall
1 Roosevelt Square (Stevens Ave btwn South 5th Ave and Wilson Place)
Mt. Vernon

 

Northern County Regional Public Hearing - Lewisboro
(Residents who live in the following communities are welcome to attend: Lewisboro, North Salem, Somers, Yorktown, Cortlandt, New Castle, Bedford, Pound Ridge, Mount Kisco, Peekskill, Croton on Hudson, Buchanan, Ossining and Briarcliff Manor)

 

Monday, November 30th, 2009 at 7:00pm

 

John Jay Middle School
40 N. Salem Road (corner of Gideon Reynolds Road)
Cross River, Lewisboro

 

Central County Regional Public Hearing - White Plains
(Residents who live in the following communities are welcome to attend: Mount Pleasant, Pleasantville, North Castle, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, Greenburgh, White Plains, Scarsdale, Elsmford, Harrison, Ardsley, Irvington, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings on Hudson, Rye Brook, Rye, Mamamroneck, Larchmont and Edgemont)

 

Thursday, December 10th, 2009 at 7:00pm

 

Board of Legislators’ Chambers
8th Floor - Michaelian Office Building
148 Martine Avenue (corner of Court Street)
White Plains

 

For more information, please contact Sally Schecter at (914) 995-2832 or via email at SallyS@westchesterlegislators.com

 

NOTE FOR PRESS: Legislators will be available for photo opp and radio/on-camera interviews.  Media requests should be sent to Tara L. Martin, Press Secretary at (914) 995-2016 or via email at TaraM@westchesterlegislators.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/20/2009 10:13:12 AM

 

 

(White Plains, NY) ~ Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman William Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains) met with incoming County Executive-elect Rob Astorino this afternoon at his transition office  discussing the future of county government, developing a bipartisan working relationship and brainstorming on opportunities to streamline, cut costs and improve county government operation.  This was the first face-to-face meeting between two of the county’s top leaders since Astorino’s election win. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board & Committee Meeting Preview: Items for Discussion

11/20/2009 3:16:52 PM

 

Please note: Latest Board and 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

 

Monday, November 23, 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:

  • County Clerk
  • Emergency Services
  • Transportation/County Airport
     

 

3:00 PM

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

  • Water Distribution System Improvements – Water District No. 3: The Committee will review proposed legislation to finance and implement water distribution system improvements in County Water District No. 3 (total authorized amount $9,800,000). 
  • Pest Management Committee Report: Representatives of the Pest Management Committee will report on their activities to the Committee.

  

7:00 PM

Regular Meeting of the County BOARD OF LEGISLATORS – Streamed Live from www.westchesterlegislators.com starting at 7:00 PM

 

Tuesday, November 24, 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:

  • Planning
  • Information Technology
  • Public Safety
     

Joint with

Public Safety & Security—Hon. Vito Pinto, Chair; Coordinator: Sunday Vanderberg (995-4604) 

  • Tracs Program-Use & Dissemination Agreements: Act authorizing the County to enter into Use and Dissemination Agreements with local municipalities, pursuant to which the County will act as lead agency to coordinate the local municipalities’ use of New York State’s Traffic & Criminal Software Program and act as liaison with the New York State Police. 
  • Prisoner Transport IMA (Greenburgh): Act authorizing the County to enter into an Intermunicipal Agreement (IMA) with the Town of Greenburgh in order to provide reimbursement for prisoner transportation to the Westchester County Jail.