For Immediate Release: June 5, 2013
Contact: Matt Richter
Westchester Legislators Pass Law to Facilitate Coordination on Sewer District Expansion
Legislator John Testa (R-Cortlandt, Peekskill, Yorktown) introduced Legislation that will ensure municipalities throughout Westchester will be better coordinated and informed about the expansion of the local sewer districts that are shared by our communities. On Monday at the regular meeting of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, (BOL) the Sewer Stakeholder Notification Law was passed by a unanimous 17-0 vote. Legislator Catherine Borgia (D-Briarcliff Manor, Cortlandt, Croton-on-Hudson, Ossining, Peekskill) signed on as co-sponsor of the legislation.
“The lack of notification across the municipalities that share sewer infrastructure has been a problem in Westchester for decades. Capacity issues and the protection of the water supply have caused concerns, which have resulted in inter-municipality friction that is unnecessary.” Legislator Testa added, “The county has the responsibility to make sure all affected municipalities are notified of significant projects in the district so they may comment, plan and be involved in the process from the onset. The SEQRA requirement doesn’t always accomplish that. This law does.”
Legislator Catherine Borgia said, “As a former Town Supervisor of Ossining, I know how important it is for municipalities to share complete information to facilitate good decision making. I applaud Legislator Testa’s common sense law and am happy to cosponsor this legislation.”
The new law requires that any legislative body of any city, town or village in Westchester County considering a resolution to petition the BOL to enlarge an existing sewer district by adding any commercial development of 25,000 square feet or more or the addition of ten residences or more must provide written notification to all the municipalities located within that sewer district or that share a County sewage treatment plant with the affected district.