Legislator Bill Ryan Takes Oath of Office at Post Road School

1/29/2010 12:47:00 PM

 

 

(White Plains, NY) -- On Wednesday, January 20, Legislator Bill Ryan, who represents White Plains and Scarsdale on the County Board of Legislators, took his oath of office at a special ceremony at the new Post Road School in White Plains.  The school’s fifth grade students assembled in the auditorium to observe the ceremony.  White Plains City Judge JoAnn Friia administered the oath of office, assisted by several students who held the Bible used in the ceremony.  This event coordinates with the fifth grade study of government. 

 

After explaining the significance of the oath and the duties of a Westchester County legislator, Legislator Ryan answered questions posed by the students.  “The kids were great,” he said.  “They had a high level of interest and their questions were very insightful.  Clearly they’re learning a lot in their study of government.”  Even the teachers participated, posing questions about a legislator’s day and some of the exciting events Mr. Ryan recalled from his tenure as Chairman of the Board of Legislators. 

 

Back in 2008, Legislator Ryan took his oath of office at Ridgeway School in a special ceremony for fifth graders.  Throughout the year, Legislator Ryan offers a student legislature program to fifth graders in his district.  The students visit the offices of the County Board of Legislators to learn about government and to actually take seats in the Board Chamber to debate and vote on legislative proposals.

The four students who assisted in the ceremony standing with Judge Friia, County Legislator Ryan and Mrs. Ryan following the oath of office ceremony.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: Board of Legislators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s Happening at the County Board: Week of February 1, 2010

Board & Committee Meeting Preview: Items for Discussion

2/1/2010 12:09:06 PM

 

 

Please note: Latest Board and committee meeting agendas (including “TBA” agendas) posted at www.westchesterlegislators.com/calendar

 

 

 

Monday, February 1, 2010 

 

9:15 AM

 

Public Safety & Security—Hon. Vito Pinto, Chair; Contact: Melanie Montalto (995-8620) 

 

  • Tony Sutton, Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services, will provide the Committee with an overview and update on the Department.
  • The Committee will discuss the extension of the Motorola contract for the first responder and public transportation radio system with Commissioner Sutton.
     

10:00 AM

 

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

 

  • Health Care Contributions: Act to require all non-represented/managerial employees and retirees under the jurisdiction of the County Executive to contribute fifteen percent (15%) of the overall cost of the premium rate of the basic County Health Insurance Plan. 

 

 

12:00 PM

 

Rules—Hon. Tom Abinanti, Chair; Contact: Joanne Sold (995-2803) 

 

  • Resolution designating the newspapers for official publications of all local laws, notices and other matters require by law to be published
  • Personnel Matters
     

1:00 PM

 

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

 

  • Affordable Housing—Right of First Refusal: Proposed Local Law to exempt the sale and/or transfer of property to provide fair and affordable housing from a municipality’s right of first refusal.
     

3:00 PM

 

Energy—Hon. Martin Rogowsky, Chair; Contact: Christopher Crane (995-2104)

 

  • Update on Energy Programs/Assistance: Review of the status of energy-related funds received through the ARRA Stimulus legislation and other programs (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, Weatherization, etc.) 


7:00 PM

 

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

 

* Black History & Heritage Celebration (starts at 6:00 PM)
Residents from all over Westchester County will convene Monday night at the County Office Building to celebrate Black History Month. In proclaiming February as Black History & Heritage Month in Westchester County, the Board of Legislators will celebrate the outstanding contributions of Black Americans. This year’s celebration, "Living the Dream – Leaving A Legacy," will acknowledge unsung heroes countywide. All are welcome to attend. Click here for a video preview of the event; to access the event Program, click here
 

 

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

 

11:00 AM

 

Government Operations, Efficiency & Savings—Hon. Michael Kaplowitz, Chair; Contact: Tara Bernard (995-6297)

 

  • Review of proposed committee blueprints
  • Continued discussion of 2010 State Legislative Package (* Note: At the conclusion of all other business, the Committee will recess until
    2:30pm to discuss Early Intervention with Acting Health Commissioner Patsy Yang)
  • Health Care Contributions: An Act to require all non-represented/managerial employees and retirees under the jurisdiction of the County Executive to contribute 15% of the overall cost of the premium rate of the basic County Health Insurance Plan
     

3:00 PM

 

Community Services—Hon. Alfreda Williams, Chair; Contact: Melanie Montalto (995-8620)

 

  • Patsy Lewis, Acting Commissioner of the Department of Health will provide the Committee with an overview and update on the Department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westchester County Legislators Withhold Vote on Proposal Requiring Health Care Contributions for County Employees

2/1/2010 9:50:50 PM

 

 

(White Plains, NY) – Westchester County Board Chair Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) announced that the proposal requiring health insurance contributions for county’s employees under the County Executive’s jurisdiction, due for a vote at tonight’s Board of Legislators meeting has been recommitted to the Board’s Budget and Appropriations Committee for additional review by Majority Leader Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh).  “Board members are not prepared, at this time, to vote on this measure,” said Jenkins.  “More time, however, is needed by the Board to continue to review this all-important matter.”  

 

The proposed measure outlines that the total cost of a Health Maintenance Organization, which is required to be paid by employees who choose such heath insurance plans, all non-represented/managerial employees and retirees under the jurisdiction of the County Executive shall contribute fifteen per cent (15%) of the overall cost of the basic County health insurance plan. 

 

“I want to make sure that we can come up with legislation that truly encompasses all the viewpoints expressed by the Westchester legislators,” said Jenkins. “I’m confident that, through this process, we will produce an agreement that will provide maximum cost-savings to Westchester taxpayers. These items include offering pre-tax flexible spending accounts, incentives for employee opt-out and issuing an request for proposal (RFP) for different health plans.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights of Actions Taken by the Westchester County Board of Legislators: February 1, 2010 Meeting

Please note: Votes were unanimous unless otherwise indicated.

2/2/2010 2:12:42 PM

 

 

Annual Black History & Heritage Month Celebration
Before beginning its regular order of business, the County Board, led by Board Chair Ken Jenkins, Vice Chair Lyndon Williams and Legislator Alfreda Williams, honored “unsung heroes” from throughout Westchester, who were applauded for representing the best and brightest within Westchester’s Black community. This year’s celebration, "Living the Dream – Leaving a Legacy," also featured an invocation by Rev. DeForest Raphael, of Church on the Hill A.M.E. Zion in Harlem, a recitation of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech by Anaiya Baptista and Ameera Shaban of Mount Vernon and a recitation of the “Rites of Passage” by the Blue Nile Boys Group of Greenburgh. 

 

  • Watch last night’s ceremony online! Click here.  


RECOMMITTED: Health Care Contributions

An Act to require all non-represented/managerial employees and retirees under the jurisdiction of the County Executive to contribute 15% of the overall cost of the premium rate of the Basic County Health Insurance Plan, was recommitted to the Committee on Budget & Appropriations for further review.

 


PUBLIC HEARING SET: Right of First Refusal

A Public Hearing on a Local Law clarifying the Laws of Westchester County to specifically exempt the sale and/or transfer of county-owned property to further fair and affordable housing from a municipality’s right of first refusal, has been set for Monday, February 22, 2010 at 7:00 PM.

 

APPROVED: Rules of the Board
Resolution to amend Rule Seven of the County Board of Legislators, permitting Legislators to attend Committee meetings via videoconference.

 

RECOMMITTED: Board Personnel
A Resolution to revise, eliminate and/or amend certain staff titles and pay ranges in order to improve the efficiency of the Board of Legislators, was recommitted to the Sub-committee on Rules for further review.

 

APPROVED: Designation of Newspapers
Resolution designating the official newspapers for the publication of all local laws, notices and other matters required by law to be published.

 


The full agenda packet and minutes for this meeting are available on this site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Legislator Williams Honors Greenburgh Resident at Black History Month Heritage Celebration

2/3/2010 9:13:27 AM

 

 

(White Plains, NY) -- Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers), Westchester County Board Vice-Chairman Lyndon Williams (D-Mount Vernon) and Legislator Alfreda Williams (D-Greenburgh) were joined by their colleagues and local community stakeholders, clergy, business leaders and elected officials to celebrate their annual Black History & Heritage Month Celebration program last night during the business meeting.  In proclaiming February as Black History & Heritage Month in Westchester County, the County Board of Legislators celebrated the outstanding contributions of Black Americans.  The event highlighted our local ‘unsung heroes’ from across Westchester, who have done an exemplary job promoting the remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African Diaspora.  Greenburgh resident, Frank Williams, nominated to receive the honor by Legislator Alfreda Williams (D-Greenburgh), was joined by a select group of residents throughout the county who were recognized for their tireless efforts and contributions in their communities.

 

Williams, a fierce advocate for youth empowerment, is the executive director of the White Plains Youth Bureau, serving more than 2,000 young people each day and more than 6,500 kids each year. Williams developed programs such as the juvenile education program, the homeless education program, the Youth Council, the Youth Bureau’s Speaker Bureau and many other important programs.  Williams is on the board of directors of Good Counsel Academy, president of the White Plains Exchange Club, a member of the Black Scholars Committee, a member of the Beta Alpha Alpha chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc and an active Deacon at the Bethel Baptist Church in White Plains. “Keeping with our theme this year, ‘Living the Dream – Leaving a Legacy’, I’m honored to have shared this special event with a resident within my community who truly represents the best and brightest within the African-American community in Westchester.”

 

 
Westchester County Legislator Alfreda Williams (D-Greenburgh) presenting this year’s annual Black History & Heritage Month’s “Unsung Heroes” award to Frank Williams of Greenburgh during a reception for the honorees
Photo Credit: County Board of Legislators staff