Highlights of Action Taken by the Westchester County Board of Legislators: May 10, 2010 Meeting
PASSED: County Employee Health Insurance Contribution Plan
Act requiring all non-represented/managerial employees and retirees (excluding Westchester Community College), all County Elected Officials, and County Officials to contribute to the overall cost of the basic County Health Insurance. Click here for extensive coverage on this item, or paste the following link into your browser: www.westchesterlegislators.
PASSED: Retainer of Health Benefits Consultant
Act authorizing the retainer of a consultant to prepare an evaluation and make recommendations to reduce costs of health and related benefit plans. (9-7; No: Maisano, Burrows, Ryan, Kaplowitz, Testa, Spreckman, Rogowsky)
PASSED: Reduction in Sick Leave Buy Out
Act regarding a modification of the Sick Leave Buy-Out Plan for non-represented/managerial class employees (except for those employed by the Offices of the County Clerk and District Attorney), that reduces the number of days of accumulated sick leave employees can receive from 125 to 50. The maximum number of days for the sick leave buy-out given to non-represented/managerial employees in the County D.A.’s and Clerk’s Offices will remain at the current level of 125.
PASSED: Voluntary Separation Payment Program
Act providing for a Voluntary Separation Payment Program for Westchester County Employees who voluntarily separate from County service. Full-time Westchester County employees, who have given a minimum of 10 years of service, will be eligible for $1,000 per year of service under the program.
PASSED: Hiring Freeze Resolution
Resolution authorizing the County of Westchester to impose a “hiring freeze” until December 31, 2010 in an effort to maximize the cost savings expected from the County’s “Voluntary Separation Payment Program.”
PASSED: Compensation Advisory Board
Following a public hearing held on the item, a local law appointing a Compensation Advisory Board to review and make recommendations related to the compensation of legislators was approved.
PASSED: Sewer District Modification (Mt. Pleasant, Saw Mill Valley Sanitary Sewer District)
Act and Environmental Resolution removing 4 parcels of property from the Saw Mill Valley Sanitary Sewer District in the Town of Mt. Pleasant [Pea Pond Lane, Pleasant Manor Drive and Sunset Drive].
PASSED: Sewer District Modification (Mt. Pleasant, Ossining Sanitary Sewer District)
Act and Environmental Resolution removing one (1) parcel of property located in the Town of Mt. Pleasant from the Ossining Sanitary Sewer District [Tower Hill Road].
PASSED: Prenatal Care Reporting
Act authorizing Westchester County to enter into an agreement with the Westchester County Health Care Corporation (WCHCC) for a term continuing through December 31, 2010, in which WCHCC will assist the County Department of Health in determining whether data anomalies exist with respect to the electronic reporting of prenatal care and birth information.
PASSED: Westchester County Airport – Taxiways Rehab
Act to authorize Westchester County to enter into grant agreements with the U. S. Federal Aviation Administration ("FAA"), and the NYS Department of Transportation for Capital Project A054A: Rehabilitation of Various Taxiways. A bond act in the amount of $300,000 to finance the local share of the capital project is also included for discussion.
PASSED: Memorial Field Complex Legacy Project (Mount Vernon)
$9,700,000 Bond Act to finance the local share of Capital Project BLA01 – Parkland Acquisition/Westchester Legacy: Recreational area improvements for the Memorial Field Complex in the City of Mount Vernon.
PASSED Central Avenue Corridor – Capital Budget Amendment
Act amending the 2010 County Capital Budget by changing the financing of Capital Project T0041 Central Avenue Corridor Improvements.
OVERED: Central Ave Corridor Multi-Modal Program
Act to authorize Westchester County to apply for and accept grant funds from the State of New York, acting through the Department of Transportation, under the Multi-Modal Program for the Construction of Central Avenue (Route 100) traffic flow improvements, including signalization, intersection reconfiguration and queue - jumping lanes was overed and postponed for discussion until the Board’s next scheduled meeting on Monday, May 24, 2010. (Overed: Harckham)
OVERED: Central Ave Corridor Traffic Flow Improvements
Resolution for Westchester County to accept grant funds from the State of New York, under the Multi-Modal Program, for the construction of Central Avenue (Route 100) traffic flow improvements, including signalization, intersection reconfiguration and queue-jumping lanes was overed and postponed for discussion until the Board’s next scheduled meeting on Monday, May 24, 2010. (Overed: Harckham)
PASSED: Central Avenue Corridor Traffic Signals (White Plains)
Act to authorize Westchester County to enter into an Inter-municipal Agreement (IMA) with White Plains in order to coordinate the upgrading of city-owned traffic signals on Central Avenue.
Public Hearing Set: “Source of Income” Law
Public Hearing on a revised and updated version of the proposed “Source of Income” Law, now modified to feature a five-year sunset provision, which would prohibit landlords in Westchester from not renting to prospective tenants – namely, federal Section 8 recipients – because of their income source(s), has been set for Monday, May 24, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. (11-5; No: Abinanti, Burrows, Rogowsky, Ryan)
Appointments and Reappointments to Westchester County Boards:
The following appointments were approved:
Women’s Advisory Board
Rona Shapiro of Yonkers
Plumbing Examiners Board
Jai Punnoose, P. E. of White Plains
Electrical Licensing Board
Anthony LaCroce of Pleasantville (Public Works Representative)
Steven A. Ecklond of Tuckahoe (Municipal Representative)
The following reappointments were approved:
WCHCC Board of Directors
Herman Geist of Armonk
Emmeline Rocha-Sinha of Chappaqua
John Heimerdinger of Armonk
NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation Region 3 Fish & Wildlife Management Board
John C. Peters of Lincolndale
Thomas A. Newman of Katonah
Full agenda packet and minutes for this meeting are available online atwww.westchesterlegislators.com