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(Rye) Playland Park
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The Westchester County Board of Legislators has approved a bankruptcy court settlement regarding the management of Playland. Legislators who support the revised agreement say it not only leaves the county amusement park in Westchester’s hands, but improves county controls and financial terms.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer et al. discuss Police Reform and Reimagining Task Force Report & Recommendations
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A task force in Westchester County has issued its draft police reform report and recommendations. A few of the task force members are discussing some of the recommendations in the 179-page report.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer
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The Westchester County executive postponed his State of the County address Thursday after a Board of Legislators member tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
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In New York, the Westchester County executive has postponed his State of the County address after a Board of Legislators member tested positive for COVID-19. 


Westchester County legislators are urging New York state lawmakers to allow an additional option for casting absentee ballots in the November election. They cite concerns about COVID-19 as the reason.

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Westchester County legislators are considering whether to ban certain animals at shows.

The Westchester County Board of Legislators this week honored a student who discovered a planet.

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Members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators are urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to reject a proposed rule change. The change would allow foster care and adoption agencies to deny services to same-sex couples.

Westchester is creating an advisory council on people with disabilities. County Executive George Latimer signed the bill that enables the council, marking disability awareness month.

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County legislators and union members are calling for the passage of changes to Westchester’s Displaced Service Employees Protection law ahead of a public hearing tonight on the measure. It aims to close loopholes and protect workers’ jobs when buildings change management or contracts.

Under the measure, styrofoam cups, plates and containers would be banned citywide.
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Another county in New York is close to banning Styrofoam packaging for takeout food. The Westchester Board of Legislators voted unanimously this week to regulate the use of polystyrene foam containers.

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The Westchester County executive is set to sign a measure that will create new rules to govern the purchase and sale of co-op apartments. The idea is to streamline the process and help combat discrimination.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently extended the comment period a second time for plans to manage storm risk in New York and New Jersey. Still, some local officials say it’s not enough. And one state senator is renewing his call for the Army Corps to hold a public session in Westchester County.

Westchester Legislators Pass Immigrant Protection Act

Mar 13, 2018

The Westchester Board of Legislators approved an Immigrant Protection Act Monday night. Democratic County Executive George Latimer intends to sign the bill. A few Republican legislators say the measure puts safety on the line. And some attorneys believe Westchester will become the first county in New York to have such legislation on the books.

Westchester Legislators Work On Gun Show Regulations

Jan 27, 2017

Westchester County legislators are working on a measure to strengthen gun show regulations. In the meantime, a state lawmaker from the county has introduced legislation to ban gun shows on public property.

Return Of Gun Show To Westchester Stirs Up Debate

Dec 22, 2016

The return of a gun show to Westchester County is stirring up controversy. Local Democrats are crafting legislation to ban the show while Republicans are proposing a law to mandate model gun show procedures.

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A Westchester County legislator is sponsoring a resolution in opposition to a proposal for up to 10 anchorage sites in the Hudson River.

Tubiolo Wins Seat On Westchester Board Of Legislators

Aug 10, 2016

The Republican candidate for a seat in Westchester County has won handily.

There is a special election Tuesday in Westchester County for a seat on the county Board of Legislators.

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Westchester residents have a new way to find the best prices for home heating oil.

The Westchester County Board of Legislators has come up with a tool to help Westchester families get the best price available for home heating oil. Board of Legislators Chairman Mike Kaplowitz, who appears in a video showing the site, says the home page of westchesterlegislators.com has the link for the oil prices tracker.

As the dispute concerning a 2009 affordable housing settlement in Westchester County continues, a Congresswoman and the governor have come up with a plan to allot federal money to local communities. 

Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey, ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, represents part of Westchester.

Legislators Approve Westchester's 2015 Budget

Dec 10, 2014
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Legislators have approved a 2015 budget for Westchester County.

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Westchester County stands to lose more than $5 million dollars in grants if it does not submit zoning documents to the federal government. It’s the latest in a standoff between the county executive and the agency stemming from a 2009 affordable housing settlement.

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Two Democratic Westchester County legislators are calling for a public hearing on what they allege is the county executive’s neglect of responsibilities. The criticism follows a recent article on County Executive Rob Astorino’s outside earnings.

Westchester Legislator Wants To Ban Two Heating Oils

Jun 5, 2014
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A Westchester County legislator is pushing for the use of cleaner heating oil.

Some Westchester Dems Allege Astorino Is M.I.A.

May 5, 2014
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Eight Democratic members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators allege Republican County Executive Rob Astorino is missing in action, and are calling for a special election. 

Westchester Receives Word Of Bond Ratings

Nov 21, 2013

Westchester’s re-elected county executive is touting his county’s bond ratings, which he says are the best of any county in New York State. Yet a county legislator says there is a troubling piece of information.


WHITE PLAINS – The Westchester County Board of Legislators Monday night authorized the county to reserve 50 percent of the county’s almost $7.9 million federal funds for use by local municipalities for renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements.

Legislature Majority Leader Peter Harkham said the measure, when signed by the county executive, would allow eligible municipalities to submit spending proposals that would use Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds to implement Green Community Program projects for properties.

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A Westchester County legislator says he has strong concerns about a natural gas line project that could run through portions of his county. He also wants Westchester to have a seat at the table.

Democrat Peter Harckham is the majority leader of the Westchester County Board of Legislators. He has written to the secretary of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, requesting a comment period extension for the proposed Algonquin Incremental Market Project and expressing his concerns about how the project will impact public safety and the environment.

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An international multi-casualty expert was in New York Thursday, to share information about emergency preparedness with first responders.