FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 27, 2013
Contact: Tom Staudter | ThomasS@westchesterlegislators.com | 914-995-2819 (office)
Westchester County Charter Revision Commission
To Hold Public Hearing on April 3
White Plains, NY – The Westchester County Charter Revision Commission (WCCRC) will be holding a public hearing on Wednesday, April 3 at the Westchester County Center to allow people to comment on suggested changes to the charter that are made in the WCCRC’s four focus group reports. The full commission will narrow these suggestions down for the final report due in December.
The public hearing will be held in Conference Room H at the Westchester County Center, located at 198 Central Avenue in White Plains, and start at 7 PM. (Doors will open at 6:30 PM.)
Established by Act of the County Board of Legislators in March, 2011, the WCCRC was appointed to study, review and recommend changes to the Westchester County Charter and Administrative Code (“Charter”). To apportion and facilitate its work, the WCCRC established four Focus Groups to examine discrete aspects of the structure of County government under the Charter:
3. Local Government/County Government
4. Executive Branch/Legislative Branch.
Each Focus Group has completed a report outlining Charter revision proposals for consideration by the entire Commission. Among the issues recommended for Commission discussion are Budget Process Reforms; County-wide Assessment; the Appointment Confirmation Process; the Role of the County Attorney in Representing both the County Executive and County Board of Legislators; Changing the Office of County Clerk from an Elected to an Appointed Position; Public Participation in the Legislative Process through Initiative and Referendum; Restructuring of the Executive Function; Creation of the Position of Intergovernmental Relations Liaison; Establishment of a Council of Governments; Mandating Periodic Charter Review and the Municipal Guarantee of County Tax Collections.
The Focus Group Reports are available online at http://westchesterlegislators.com/sub-committees.html.