Westchester Legislator Myers to Leave BOL at End of Term

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 2, 2013

Contact: Tom Staudter | ThomasS@westchesterlegislators.com | 914-995-2819 (office) | 914-419-5221 (cell)

Westchester Legislator Myers to Leave BOL

At End of Term

Mamaroneck, NY – Westchester Legislator Judy Myers (D-Larchmont) announced today she will be leaving the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) at the conclusion of the present legislative term in December 2013.

Myers’s announcement was made at special news conference held here on the steps of the Mamaroneck Town Center, where she was surrounded by family members, friends, other elected officials and community leaders.

“Eight and a half years ago I stood on these very steps in a pouring cold rain to announce that I was entering a special election to replace George Latimer as the County Legislator for the Seventh District,” said Myers. “I went on to win four terms, sometimes easily and sometimes not. But today I stand here to say that I believe in term limits. I voted for eight year term limits on the County Board of Legislators, and although it ended up at twelve years, I am ‘term limiting’ myself out at the end of this year and will not seek re-election to this office in November.”

Among Myers’s many BOL accomplishments since taking office in March 2005 are:

Legislation that mandates calorie counts in fast food establishments in Westchester
County compliance with the mandated nitrogen removal in the Long Island Sound and helped secure federal funding to lessen the burden on Sound Shore taxpayers while resuscitating the waters of the Sound and keeping the County from undue penalties
Participation on the County’s Flood Action Task Force which secured $4.5 million for area flood control projects in Rye and Mamaroneck
Assisted in developing and ensuring approval of a lease for the Westchester Children’s Museum to occupy the recently renovated north bathhouse at Playland
Sponsored legislation to protect access to reproductive health clinics in Westchester County
Six years of service on the County’s Board of Health and making sure that the Board of Legislators and the Department of Health worked together on public health initiatives
Service on the Westchester Medical Center Financial Review Committee as a legislative representative, on the ArtsWestchester Board of Directors, and on the Citizens’ Committee in the review of the proposals to re-invent Playland.
Chair of the BOL Family Services Committee in 2006-2007 and successful advocacy for a county-wide child care scholarship program later discontinued by County Executive Astorino
Chair of the BOL Budget & Appropriations Committee since 2012 and tasked with oversight of County spending

“I want to congratulate my colleague and friend Legislator Myers on this important career decision and thank her for her invaluable service to Westchester County,” said BOL Chair Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers). With eight months still left on the legislative calendar, there is still a lot of work to be done, and I’m sure Judy will keep her sleeves rolled up and continue with her great work here on the Board.”

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=Bazzo 05/03/13

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