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The Westchester County Board of Legislators is joining forces with the newly-formed Westchester County Anti-Trafficking Task Force to eliminate human trafficking in Westchester County.
The collaboration is between members of the Board of Legislators, key service providers, law enforcement agencies, businesses and survivors.
Westchester County's Crime Stoppers Program is back.
The program is being revived thanks to support from the county's business community and members of the public.
The County had budgeted for $36.2 million in tax revenue. Instead, it received $38.3 million.
Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) said "It's a good indication that the policies laid out by the county board during the budget process are starting to turn this county around."
The Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, Ken Jenkins today released a statement blasting County Executive Rob Astorino for what he called his "useless" veto of the County's tax levy.
The Board of Legislators on Monday approved a 2.25% cut in the tax levy. Astorino then vetoed the move saying it was based on "financial gimmicks" and "shoddy accounting practices" and that his initial 1% cut in the property tax levy stands.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued a letter to Westchester saying its recently submitted housing settlement plan needs to provide more concrete details.
The letter was issued yesterday to Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett.
Housing and Urban Development Department spokesman, Brian Sullivan said, "While the County did a pretty good job of expressing the problem, they were silent on overcoming obstacles to fair housing." He added, "We have concluded at this point that the report is substantially incomplete and unacceptable.
In a 16-1 bi-partisan vote, the Westchester County Board of Legislators approved a budget for 2011 that cuts taxes by 2%, reduces the County workforce by 10% and restores many services were targeted for cuts in County Executive Rob Astorino's original budget proposal.
Board Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) said "The County has had to make exceedingly difficult decisions. Despite the obstacles, the Democratic Majority has presented a budget that will preserve the most critical County services without raising taxes."
(L-R Legislators Peter Harckham, Gordon Burrows, John Nonna)
By a 10-6 vote, the Westchester County Board of Legislators tonight voted to impose term limits on County Legislators as well as the County Executive.
Under the measure, Legislators would be limited to six two year terms in office, while the County Executive would be permitted at most, three four year terms. The new term limits will take effect January 1, 2012.
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