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Ongoing
  • Hold The Line On Taxes: The people of Westchester pay some of the highest taxes in the Nation.  You have my commitment to protect your wallet while providing quality essential services.  In my first budget, which will be voted on in December 2018, we will look to consolidate services, utilize aid from Albany, eliminate waste by terminating pay-to-play contracts, and find creative solutions to best spend tax dollars. It is important to remember that, the prior administration’s last budget is taking affect my first year in office.
Ongoing
  • A Full State Comptroller’s Audit of our Finances: New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has the authority and expertise to provide our County with an accurate assessment and future guidance which will bring Westchester back from the brink of receivership. Now, it is incumbent on us to return Westchester County to solid financial ground. After eight years of the prior administration’s one-shot deals and reliance on shaky revenues, we will work closely with our partners in government to provide an honest assessment of where we stand as a County. Read the first part of the review by DiNapoli. The second part is expected this fall.
Ongoing
  • Development of an Environmental Plan to Reduce the County’s Carbon Footprint over Four Years: Our actions have an impact on both current and future residents of Westchester. To protect our existing air and water resources, we need to develop a plan that makes us all part of the solution. This includes improving our entire fleet of vehicles, reducing our energy consumption, fixing the environmental hazards affecting County residents near our airport and looking into every opportunity for renewable energy resources. At the 2018 State of the County Address, County Executive Latimer announced that Westchester County will be signing on to the Paris Climate Accords. This, and other actions, will all be part of a four-year plan for Westchester County moving forward. Smart energy use is smart use of taxpayer dollars.

 

Done
  • Executive Order/Law to Eliminate the Likeness and Names of Elected Officials from Public Parks and Buildings: One of the first actions we took was to enact an Executive Order removing the names and likeness of any elected official from County owned signage, buildings and parks. Westchester County belongs to the people, and these parks and structures have existed before I was in office and will be here long after I am gone. Government resources should not be used to promote visibility. Read the Executive Order.
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  • Executive Order/Law to Prohibit Certain Exhibitions from the County Center, including Gun Shows: A bill that prohibits the sale of guns on Westchester County property, codifying my Executive Order, was passed by the County Board and was signed into law shortly after I took office.  I, along with members of the Board of Legislators, do not believe the County should benefit from the sale of guns in our facilities. We can find much better uses of County property that can generate just as much revenue, and the events that occur in our County government spaces must reflect the values of people living in Westchester. Watch the bill signing.
  • Task Force to Review Implementation of Raise the Age: The new “Raise the Age” legislation will allow for many criminal charges against young people – those ages 16 and 17 – to be dealt with in the juvenile justice system. Incarceration of 16 and 17 year-olds falls disproportionately on minorities.  Black and Hispanic youth make up 33 percent of 16 and 17 year olds state wide, but about 72 percent of all arrests. Additionally, the vast majority of teen crime is non-violent.  The law will also bring a need for reshaping our juvenile systems from prosecution, to probation, treatment and services.
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  • Video Taping of Board of Acquisition and Contract Meetings, Board of Ethics Meetings and County Planning Board Meetings: These three largely unknown entities hold substantial influence. The Westchester County Board of Acquisition and Contracts is responsible for approving numerous contracts involving County paid goods and services. Tens of millions of Westchester government contracts are awarded through the Board of Acquisitions and Contracts annually. The County Planning Board is charged with balancing development, with protecting the beauty and character of Westchester. Because of the great impact they have in the County, it is imperative that the public have full access to their proceedings. The County’s Board of Ethics is an uncompensated Board aimed at reviewing various issues and documents related to the County’s business. In the spirit of transparency, the County established a new YouTube page where meetings and press conferences, in their entirety, are posted. View meetings on the County’s YouTube channel.
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  • Reenergize the Human Rights Commission with New Committed Personnel: The Human Rights Commission must be a vibrant, active force in our community. With a new wave of intolerance sweeping our nation and our County, it is imperative that our Human Rights Commission be fully operational, and prepared to protect the rights of people in our community. Read about the appointments I made to the Westchester County Human Rights Commission.
  • Establish a Close Working relationship with State Legislators and the Executive Branch: As a state legislator who has served in both houses, I have had a working relationship with Governor Andrew Cuomo for many years. A focus of my administration will be to expand Westchester’s relationships and impact in Albany to benefit all County residents. My background and experience in local government, prior to my service in the state legislature, will allow me to better serve all of our communities throughout Westchester in both the state budget and state policy.
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  • Meet with the Westchester Women’s Agenda to Review 2018 Priorities:  In early February 2018, we began discussions with the Westchester Women’s Agenda to review their priorities, and how to best address the neglect of women’s issues and women’s rights in Westchester County. Read more.
Ongoing
  • Identify Grant Resources to add Individuals to the County Police Force: County government should be a partner with all local governments throughout Westchester. In addition to increased cooperation, there are resources available at the state and federal level we can secure through the grant process, to better meet the needs of our communities and staffing levels of our Police Department.
Ongoing
  • Work with Local Officials to Coordinate Efforts to Fight Opioids: The opioid epidemic has reached every corner of Westchester County. With the ever-escalating costs associated with combating the opioid crisis, the County has filed a complaint to recover damages from manufacturers and distributors, for intentionally misleading the public about the dangers of opioids. The County is working with all local officials, law enforcement and service providers to help those who are in the grasp of opioid addiction. Watch my press conference announcing our lawsuit holding big pharma accountable.
Ongoing
  • Establish an MWBE Compliance Officer in the County Attorney’s Office: We know that Minority and Women Owned Businesses (MWBE) are an engine of economic development for Westchester. To ensure that both the laws and goals of MWBE are being met, we will establish a compliance officer to oversee and enforce compliance.
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  • Submit to the Board of Legislators with the Agreed upon Contract for Workers at Westchester Community College for their Review and Adoption: After years of working under an expired deal, Westchester Community College teachers and civil service workers are finally on their way to new labor contracts. The WCC Federation of Teachers and the Civil Service Employees Association agreed upon a contract back in 2015, but it never came to fruition under the previous administration. The independence of the College is an important principal, and that the Board of the Trustees are fully capable of maintaining their own leadership. We are proud to deliver on this early in our administration, providing our educators peace of mind so they can focus on their task of preparing our County’s college students for the future. Watch the announcement.
Ongoing
  • Executive Order/Law for Immigrant Protection Policies: When our immigrant neighbors are fearful of reporting crimes or interacting with police it makes all of us less safe. In conjunction with our co-equal branches of government, I worked with  the Board of Legislators to develop a law that would limit the information the County shares with federal immigration authorities, and would also limit what County law enforcement can ask an individual about citizenship or immigration status. Read about the bill signing. Read the full law.
Ongoing
  • Resolve Contracts with Union Leaders: Many of our County employees have been working without contracts for years. We need to support our workers, and immediately sit down with union leaders to seriously undertake contract negotiations.
Ongoing
  • Meet with City Leaders to discuss Economic Development Plans for our Urban Centers: Westchester has more cities than any other county in the State of New York. The development of our cities is essential to boosting our economic growth. By working and planning together with our local leaders, we can think of new ways to stimulate the economies of Westchester’s largest cities. Read about the “Good Neighbor” policy.
    • Yonkers
    • Mt. Vernon
    • Peekskill
    • New Rochelle
    • Rye
    • White Plains
    • Greenburgh
Ongoing
  • Increase the County’s Commitment to Public and Mental Health: The previous administration cut funding for the County’s Health Department by more than 20 percent. This has resulted in the County being unable to meet the current needs of our communities.  The Hepatitis A outbreak in Port Chester showed how woefully unprepared Westchester County is, lacking the number of vaccines needed to help people. With a more than 50 percent cut to mental health funding, Westchester is failing to meet the needs of some of our most vulnerable people. We must do better, and working together, we will.
OngoingDone
  • Meet with our Leading Business Organizations to Review Agenda Items for Economic Advancement in Westchester County: The business organizations in Westchester understand the unique business environment in our County. We have a combination of major corporations, as well as “mom and pop” shops and small businesses that each face unique challenges. The County needs to listen to the difficulties that face these business, in order to tackle those challenges in the future. Watch County Executive Latimer celebrate Small Business Week.
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  • Review Successful Shared Services Practices of other Counties, and apply them to Westchester. The previous administration’s shared services plan ranked among the worst in New York State.  As the highest taxed county in the nation, Westchester should take on a leadership role in finding areas to eliminate the duplication of services, and take on higher priced services to ensure local property taxes are lowered. This will allow Westchester County and all of the communities and school districts to work to together, to improve services and reduce the tax burden on homeowners and families. Read about the first meeting of County Executive Latimer’s Shared Services Panel.
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  • Staff up an Administration with Talented, Competent, and Diverse Individuals who are Committed to moving Westchester Forward: Our County workforce has been decimated, including experts in the planning department, which was once the best in New York State. The cuts have impacted the execution of basic road maintenance, bridge repair and flood mitigation. All of these will greatly impact our quality of life in the future. As County Executive I  am working to staff the planning department, along with other key departments with talented, competent, diverse individuals who are committed to moving Westchester forward. Ensuring that the services of our County will once again be the best in New York State.