Millions of dollars sitting idly; immediate action needed to put people to work and improve services
Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino today called on the Board of Legislators to act now on 53 capital projects totaling more than $67 million that have been stalled for months by the Democratic- controlled legislature.
“The public deserves action by the Board of Legislators on these important capital projects that will improve our roads, parks and public buildings; enhance the delivery of government services; protect public safety and the environment; and put people to work,” said Astorino.
“These projects have been before the board for months. If the Democrats don’t like them, then they should vote the projects up or down. The public deserves action, not excuses.”
The projects would provide jobs to more than 500 construction workers in various trades, including paving, masonry, plumbing and electrical. Some of the projects have been before the board for more than a year.
Among the 53 projects awaiting board action are:
• $2,400,000 to resurface South Division Street/Crompond Road in Peekskill
• $2,375,000 for improvements to Palmer Road in Yonkers
• $2,960,000 for replacement of a bridge on Elm Street in Tuckahoe
• $3,262,000 for improvements in the picnic area, playgrounds, landscaping and electrical work at Kensico Dam Plaza
• $2,360,000 for an improved water irrigation system at Dunwoodie Golf Course
• $940,000 to improve elimination of inflow and infiltration at the Blind Brook Sewage Treatment Plant
• $450,000 for new equipment for the Department of Labs & Research to aid public health and forensic science.
“With high unemployment and historically low interest rates, this is the time to make these types of investments,” said Astorino.
Today’s scheduled meeting of the Board of Legislators’ Committee of the Whole, Astorino noted, presented “the perfect opportunity for the board to stop delaying and start acting on behalf of the residents of Westchester County.”
More than half of these projects are resubmissions that the Board of Legislators failed to vote on last term. All 53 projects went through the county’s capital projects budget process, as mandated by the county’s charter.