FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 4, 2013
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Westchester Legislators Approve $24 Million in New Capital Projects
Investments in Infrastructure, Water Treatment, Public Safety Translate into Over 200 New Jobs
White Plains, NY – The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) approved bond legislation for seventeen new capital projects worth $24,295,000 last night at its regular meeting, adding to the twenty-five other projects passed by the BOL since April 15 for a total investment of $51 million, a figure that translates into the creation of over 400 year-long jobs for the county’s much-beleaguered construction industry.
(Job figures are based on the May 2009 Council of Economic Advisers’ “Estimates of Job Creation” report.)
All of the bond approvals received unanimous support from the legislators.
Included in the seventeen newly BOL approved capital projects are several multi-million dollar infrastructure investments, such as $5.1 million in repairs to the Yonkers Joint Treatment Plant, $3.4 million for rehabilitation of the Michaelian Office Building elevators and $9.9 million to upgrade the Tarrytown Pumping Station of the Saw Mill Sanitary Sewage District. Roof replacement funding was spread over two bonds for $600,000.
“The Board of Legislators takes its fiscal responsibilities very seriously and carefully examines each bond request to make sure county taxpayer dollars are spent wisely,” said Legislator Judy Myers (D-Larchmont), chair of the BOL Budget & Appropriations Committee. “It’s important that we continue to invest in the county’s infrastructure to maintain public safety and the quality of life here.”
Additionally, the BOL authorized the purchase of 15 new patrol cars, a special response vehicle and the replacement of 9-11 equipment totaling $1.5 million.
Not included in the $24.2 million of approved bonds were four capital projects at Westchester County Airport approved to be funded with $3.5 million of Federal dollars.
“I’m confident that County Executive Astorino will join the Board of Legislators in supporting these investments,” said Legislator Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining), chair of the BOL Government Operations Committee. “The allocation of the County’s financial resources creates new, well-paying jobs and, in turn, spurs economic growth in our communities. Moving forward on these new capital projects makes good sense in so many ways.”
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