Westchester County Board of Legislators

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Westchester County Board of Legislators
Coat of arms or logo
History
New session started
January 8, 2018
Leadership
Chair of the Board
Benjamin Boykin (D)
Since January 8, 2018
Vice-Chair of the Board
Alfreda Williams (D)
Since January 8, 2018
Catherine Parker (D)
Since January 8, 2018
John Testa (R)
Since January 8, 2018
MaryJane Shimsky (D)
Since January 8, 2018
Gordon A. Burrows (R)
Since January 8, 2018
Structure
Seats 17
Westchester County Board of Legislators.svg
Political groups

Majority caucus (13)

Minority caucus (4)

Length of term
2 years
Salary $49,200/year.[1]
Elections
Last election
November 8, 2017
(17 seats)
Next election
November 5, 2019
(17 seats)
Website
Westchester County Board of Legislators

The Westchester County Board of Legislators is the legislative, policy-making branch of Westchester County. The powers of the Board are enumerated in the County’s charter. A key power of the Board concerns finances: appropriating funds, approving the budget and levying taxes. It also approves appointments by the County Executive and passes local laws, acts, and resolutions.

The Board’s seventeen members, known as Legislators, are elected every two years and each represent a district approximately 56,000 residents.

Board members[edit]

The Board of Legislators has seventeen members, each representing a district of approximately 56,000 residents. As of April 24, 2018, thirteen of them are Democrats, three are Republicans, and one is a Conservative who caucuses with the Republicans. On January 8, 2018, Legislator Benjamin Boykin, a Democrat, was elected Chair of the Board with the votes of the four Republicans present and without the votes of three Democrats who had misgivings about the selection process. Legislator Alfreda Williams was unanimously elected as Vice-Chair of the Board.[2]

On February 16, 2018, County Executive George Latimer announced that Legislator James Maisano, a Republican, would be his appointee for the office of director of the county Department of Consumer Protection. Maisano will resign his seat before February 26, 2018, when he begins his new job.[3]

On April 24, 2018, Democrat Terry Clements was elected to Maisnao's seat in a special election, defeating Republican Jim Freeman.[4]

District Legislator Notes Residence
1 John Testa (R) Minority Leader Peekskill
2 Kitley Covill (D) Pound Ridge
3 Margaret Cunzio (C) Mount Pleasant
4 Michael Kaplowitz (D) Somers
5 Benjamin Boykin (D) Chair White Plains
6 Nancy E. Barr (D) Rye Brook
7 Catherine Parker (D) Majority Leader Rye City
8 Alfreda Williams (D) Vice-Chair Greenburgh
9 Catherine Borgia (D) Ossining
10 Damon Maher (D) New Rochelle
11 Terry Clements (D) New Rochelle
12 MaryJane Shimsky (D) Majority Whip Hastings-on-Hudson
13 Lyndon Williams (D) Mount Vernon
14 David Tubiolo (R) Yonkers
15 Gordon A. Burrows (R) Minority Whip Yonkers
16 Christopher A. Johnson (D) Yonkers
17 Virginia Perez (D) Yonkers

Committees[edit]

The Board of Legislators operates under a committee system. Currently, there are thirteen committees, each of which is charged with overseeing a particular policy area.

The following table reflects Committee chairs during the legislative term of 2018-2019.[5]

Committee Chair
Appointments Christopher Johnson
Budget and Appropriations Catherine Borgia
Environment, Health & Energy Nancy Barr
Intergovernmental Services Terry Clements
Labor and Housing Damon Maher
Law & Major Contracts Lyndon Williams
Legislation Virginia Perez
Parks, Planning & Economic Development Michael Kaplowitz
Public Safety Margaret Cunzio
Public Works Mary Jane Shimsky
Rules Ben Boykin, Catherine Parker, John Testa, and Alfreda Williams
Seniors & Constituencies David Tubiolo
Social Services Kitley Covill

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Westchester County 2014 Operating Budget, Section E: Salary Scales" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Westchester County Board of Legislators January 8, 2018 Organizational Meeting Video & Agenda".
  3. ^ Lungariello, Mark (February 16, 2018). "Jim Maisano introduced as part of George Latimer's administration". The Journal News.
  4. ^ Lungariello, Mark (April 24, 2018). "Mayer claims victory in NYS Senate 37th District race, more resultsn". The Journal News.
  5. ^ "Westchester County Board of Legislators 2018–2019 Committee Assignments".

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