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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 Board of Legislators Approves 2011 Budget; County Exec Says Budget is "Filled With Gimmicks"
Members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators voted to override County Executive Rob Astorino's vetoes and approved a 2011 spending plan today that reduces spending by $28.5 million from the 2010 budget and cuts taxes by 2%.
There were overrides on 247 of the County Executive's 249 vetoes.
Democrats on the Board say the spending plan approved presents a more "fiscally responsible alternative to the County Executive's original budget proposal."
Just in time for the holidays.
Motorists in Westchester County are facing a tough new law designed to combat drinking and driving.
The County's landmark legislation that would require the forfeiture of vehicles for individuals convicted of operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs goes into effect on Wednesday.
The law only applies to convictions resulting from arrests by Westchester County Police.
Democratic leaders on the Westchester County Board of Legislators today promised that the County's 2011 budget will not include any new property tax increases.
Board Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) along with Majority Leader Peter Harckham (D-Katonah) issued a joint statement pledging to reject any possible tax levy increase as the County works to balance the budget.
Said Harckham, "I believe any budgetary problems should be solved by efficient spending, not by raising taxes."
Democrats on the Westchester county Board of Legislators have selected Legislator Peter Harckham (D-Katonah) to serve as the new majority leader and head of the Democratic Caucus. Harckham will replace Legislator Thomas Abinanti (D-Greenburgh) who is stepping down to run for State Assembly in the 92nd District.
With Westchester County looking for for ways to implement plans to build affordable housing units in predominantly white neighborhoods in order to comply with a housing desegregation agreement with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, two Westchester County Legislators are proposing a law that would convert accessory apartments into affordable housing.
The proposed law is being sponsored by Legislators William Burton of Ossining and Peter Harckham of Katonah.
Several members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators held a news conference today to announce a bi-partisan proposal that would impose a maximum limit of twelve consecutive years for both the 17 members serving on the Board of Legislators as well as the County Executive.
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