Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino has launched an initiative, called Safer Communities, that brings together resources inside and outside county government to protect schools and communities from acts of senseless violence such as the tragedy in Newtown, CT.

The initiative is a combination of practical, ready-to-go programs that combat violence by drawing on the expertise of the county departments of Public Safety, Health and Community Mental Health in collaboration with local police chiefs, educators, clergy, civic leaders and elected officials.

The goals are to educate the public about available services and programs, enhance those capabilities and evaluate progress on an ongoing and long-term basis.


Safer Sports: ConcussionsJan. 11, 2016
Safer Sports: A Colloborative Response for Westchester to Sports-Related Concussions

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Safer Communities: Safer SportsAug. 20, 2015
Safer Sports: Conference on Concussions

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Epidemiology, Scope of the Problem and Neuroimaging
Steven Flanagan, M.D.,Director of NYU Langone Concussion Program

Neurological and Medical Aspects of Concussions
Barry Jordan, M.D.,
Asst. Medical Director, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital

The Role of the Athletic Trainer in Concussion Management
Dave Byrnes, ATC,
President, Section One Athletic Trainers Society

Strategies for a Successful Return to School: The Medical-School Partnership
Gerard Gioia, Ph.D.,
Chief of Pediatric Neuropsychology,
Children’s National Health System, Washington, D.C.

Proper Baseline and Post Injury Assessment and Task Force Initiative Update
Mark Herceg, Ph.D.,
Commissioner of Community Mental Health

Safer Communities Addressing Violence as Public Health Issue

October 2014
Fall Forum: Addressing Violence as a Public Health Issue

Addressing Violence as a Public Health Issue digital brochure
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Safer Communities First Aid digital brochure

March 13, 2014
Spring Forum: Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid digital brochure
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Rollout of Safer Communities Blueprint
Oct. 21, 2013
Fall Forum: Rollout of Safer Communities Blueprint

Safer Communities Blueprint digital brochure
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Press Release

Safer Communities Panel April 9

April 9, 2013
Spring Forum: Community Violence Prevention Forum

Breakout Session Action Items
Photo Gallery
Event program
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County Executive Robert P. Astorino speaking at the Feb. 27 Safer Communities Symposium
Feb. 27, 2013
Fall Forum: Bratton Addresses 300 School and Police Officials at Astorino's Safer Communities Symposium

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View "Police Response to Dynamic Incidents in Schools" presentation (pdf) given by Chief Inspector John Hodges, Westchester County Dept. of Public Safety

View the video of the following remarks:

  • Welcome: Commissioner Longworth and Chief Brogan
  • Opening Remarks: County Executive Astorino
  • Keynote Address: William Bratton, former NYPD Commissioner
Panel presentation:

County Executive Robert P. Astorino announces the Safer Communities initiative
Feb. 20, 2013
Astorino Launches Safer Communities Initiative as a Response to Newtown Tragedy

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