Chairman Ken Jenkins Reflects On Westchester County Board's Year

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Kenneth Jenkins (D - Yonkers), chairman of the county Board of Legislators, sums up the 2012-13 term. Photo Credit: File

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) summed up the 2012-13 legislative term as a “productive” one that included smart financial decisions, protection of residents and defense of county laws as the top accomplishments, according to a press release.

“The Board of Legislators faced a number of difficult challenges in the past two years, and accomplished a great deal under trying circumstances” Jenkins said in the release. “While holding the line on an increase in the County tax levy, we were able to fight for and secure funding for important safety net programs that are right for Westchester."

The board approved capital projects and budget additions that helped shore up infrastructure, mitigate flood and storm-water issues and fix bridges and roadways following Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, the release said.

One of the projects involved an evaluation of burying power transmission and service lines underground at the county’s facilities in the northern Westchester communities that are particularly vulnerable to outages following severe weather events.

The release stated that it also approved 43 different shared services bills in the 2012-13 legislative term involving senior programs, affordable housing, prisoner transportation, use of the county’s firing range, youth development programs, school resource officers and fire suppression training.

Lastly, the release said, for the first time in four years it successfully opened the Title XX day-care program for more children by adding $900,000 to the 2014 Budget.

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