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Abinanti & Maisano Renew Call for Law to Protect County Property Owners

Legislation Proposes Eminent Domain Reform

“Government should not take private property unless it is necessary to meet a real public need, not just because it prefers one use over another or one developer over another,” said County Legislator Thomas J. Abinanti (D, I, WF-Greenburgh) as he and County Legislator James Maisano (R-New Rochelle) reintroduced legislation that would limit the County’s power to condemn private property.

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Statement Of The Republican Conference Of The Westchester County Board Of Legislators

The Republican Conference calls upon Chief Advisor to the Chair of the Board Gary Kriss, to take an immediate unpaid leave of absence. In light of recent developments regarding unaccounted and questionable spending practices, an investigation has begun by the District Attorney. Until the DA completes the investigation, Mr. Kriss should remain on unpaid leave. Upon completion of such investigation further action may be demanded by the Conference.

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Committee Re-Releases Legislation Prohibiting Underage Drinking Parties in Westchester Homes

The Legislation Committee of the County Board of Legislators met today to discuss final revisions to a local law aimed at prohibiting and establishing fines for anyone organizing, hosting or knowingly allowing an event where minors are present and consume alcohol.

The “Social Host Law” appeared before the full Board at its June 16, 2008 meeting, where it was recommitted by Majority Leader Marty Rogowsky (D-IN-WF, Harrison). The item had been on the agenda for a public hearing as well as a vote by all seventeen members.

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A Wrong Move for Westchester County

Minority Caucus maintains purchase of flawed Ardsley building to store voting machines is a mistake

Minority Leader George Oros (R/Cortlandt) and Legislators Gordon A. Burrows (R/Yonkers) and Jim Maisano (R/New Rochelle) criticized the Spano administration and the majority of their colleagues on the Board of Legislators for pushing through the purchase of a dilapidated building in Ardsley to store voting machines and to house the Department of Public Safety. Oros, Burrows, and Maisano argue the building is too expensive. They also point out the seller is politically connected.

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Legislators Maisano and Pinto Announce Passage of Social Host Law

Legislators Jim Maisano (R/New Rochelle) and Vito Pinto (D/Eastchester) are pleased to announce the passage last night of the “Social Host Law,” which they introduced earlier this year to help combat underage drinking in Westchester County.

The law, which the Board of Legislators approved by a vote of 15-1 and takes effect immediately, penalizes any adult that hosts or knowingly allows a party where alcoholic beverages are consumed by minors.

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Highlights of Actions Taken by the Westchester County Board of Legislators at its August 11, 2008 Meeting

Please note: Votes are unanimous unless otherwise indicated. Absent: L. Bronz

Public Hearing Scheduled – Texting-while-Driving Ban
A public hearing on the proposed local law prohibiting text messaging while operating a vehicle has been set for Monday, September 8, 2008 at 10:30 AM.

Westchester Community College – 2008/09 Appropriation Approved
The Board adopted the Westchester Community College Budget for fiscal year September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2009, approving an appropriation of county funds of $24.26 million.

Social Host Law Passes

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Whats Happening at the COUNTY BOARD: Week of August 18, 2008

Monday, August 18, 2008

1:30 PM
Legislation – Hon. Bill Burton, Chair; Coordinator: Steven Bass (995-5482)

Local law authorizing the County Clerk to increase certain fees relative to recording, entering, indexing and endorsing a certificate of any instrument

3:30 PM
Environment & Energy – Hon. Tom Abinanti, Chair; Coordinator: Chris Crane (995-2104)

Agenda TBA
Tuesday, August 19, 2008

3:00 PM
Community Services– Hon. Lois Bronz, Chair; Coordinator: Melanie Montalto (995-8620)

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Heads Up! Spano may be looking for another tax increase-But he may call it county clerk fees.

Westchester Republicans trying to head off the Spano tax increase

The Republican caucus of the Westchester County Board of Legislators is giving county residents a heads up warning of another potential county tax increase.

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