Recap of Board of Legislators Regular Meeting 1/23/23

Liberty Wilson

Hey all! I’m back recapping the January 23, 2023 Board of Legislators Regular Meeting. The next will be on February 6, 2023 at 7:00 PM.


No speakers went up to make a public comment and everything presented was either adopted (action taken immediately, mostly to vote) or referred to committee (goes to be discussed in committee, then voted on) then passed. Here is a condensed list of what happened in no particular order:


  • There was one ACT that was a settlement for, get this, opioids. Basically it authorized the County of Westchester to settle the claims against Teva (a Pharmaceutical company) and its distributor Anda (Drug Distributor) in an adversary proceeding filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, titled the County of Westchester v. Purdue Pharma
  • There were 9 Bond Acts, of various things like the Airport, Flood Mitigation, and Equipment Replacement that all passed.
  • There were 4 resolution appointments and 2 resolution re-appointments. The board appointed Christopher Bartolini as the Code Enforcement Official for the Westchester County Board of Plumbing Examiners, Elaine K. Haagen as the Psychiatrist representative member of the Westchester County Community Services Board,  Krzysztof M. Nowak, MD, MBA as a member of the Westchester County Laboratories and Research Board of Managers, and Mark Davis-Lorton, MD, as a member of the Westchester County Laboratories and Research Board of Managers. The board re-appointed Hon. Richard Wishnie as a member of the Westchester County Police Board and Nancy Seligson to the Westchester County Storm Water Advisory Board.
  • There were 5 other resolutions, like to set a Public Hearing on an ACT, or determining that there will be no significant impact on the environment from the removal of parcels of property, and to set hearings on the removal of parcels of property.
  • Besides the settlement and bonds there were 16 other acts, and only one did not pass. There were 5 IMA (inter-municipal agreement) about prisoner transportation with New Rochelle, Yonkers, Peekskill, Mount Vernon, and Greenberg. Westchester is going to enter these IMAs to provide reimbursement for prisoner transportation to the Westchester County Jail, which is pretty cool. Another IMA to give the schools within Katonah-Lewisboro School District District a uniformed police officer to act as a School Resource Officer. There was one to give the Hendrick Hudson School a police officer but it didn’t pass; it was overed by Legislator Maher and referred back to the Board of Legislators for their February 6, 2023 meeting. The rest were pretty boring like Sewer District Mod-Removal, Amend Flood Mitigation and an  IMA with Yonkers for the administration of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance. (Edward Byrne was a police officer in the New York City Police Department who became well known in the United States after he was murdered in the line of duty on February 26, 1988). 
  • The board passed 7 communications, which is when the board reviews things they have received, not made, for example correspondence from people, towns, or villages. Most of them were Sewer Modification Requests, and Chairwoman Borgia appointed Legislator Catherine Parker as the Board of Legislators ex-officio member of the Westchester County Storm Water Advisory Board. 
  • Finally, they ended with a memorial resolution.