Westchester County

West Nile Virus Turns Up In Mosquitoes In Westchester

Aug 20, 2016

Westchester health officials are reminding residents to remove standing water from their properties and to use bug repellants after mosquitoes in the county have tested positive for West Nile Virus. This comes as West Nile Virus also was detected in mosquitoes in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Westchester County Exec Presents Zika Prevention Plan

May 20, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has presented a plan to protect residents from the potential threat of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases. 

Astorino presented the plan at a playground at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla on Thursday.

“What we’re doing is we’re developing a very comprehensive plan that includes education, surveillance and mosquito control,” Astorino says. “And we know that mosquitoes have no clue about borders so we’re also making sure we coordinate this effort with the surrounding counties.”

Westchester Receives CDBG Funds

Jan 27, 2016

Two congressional representatives and Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday announced that more than $4.3 million in federal grants have been awarded to 10 local governments in Westchester County.

Westchester To Open Economic Development Office In NYC

Apr 23, 2015
Courtesy of the Office of the Westchester County Executive

Westchester County is opening an economic development office in Manhattan and is targeting companies that are thinking about leaving New York City.

Court Says Westchester Can Fight For Housing Grants

Feb 19, 2015

A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit brought by Westchester County against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

A High-End Business Is Moving To Westchester

Feb 15, 2015
Courtesy of Westchester County Airport

A New Jersey company is moving to Westchester while another business already in the county is planning to expand.

Westchester Names New Mental Health Commissioner

Jan 24, 2015
Westchester County

After searching for months, Westchester County has a new mental health commissioner.

FEMA Grant Heads To Westchester For Sandy Costs

Jan 21, 2015

Westchester County is being reimbursed for some of the cost of removing debris from Hurricane Sandy.

Westchester County will receive a more than $1.1 million Federal Emergency Management Agency for reimbursement Westchester County taxpayers for the removal of debris caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Congresswoman Nita Lowey, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, says the reimbursement is for removing downed trees, uprooted tree stumps, and other debris from public property in and along roads, parks, and rights-of-way throughout the county.

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Westchester County officials say a year-long initiative to crack down on heroin sales resulted in 20 arrests Tuesday. This brings the total number of heroin-related arrests to more than 125 for 2014.

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Westchester County legislators Monday afternoon will take up the topic of toxic toys.

Office of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino

In New York, the Westchester County executive Thursday unveiled a series of initiatives to promote economic growth.

Legislators Approve Westchester's 2015 Budget

Dec 10, 2014
Tax Credits/flickr

Legislators have approved a 2015 budget for Westchester County.

WAMC

Westchester County is looking for community input on disaster preparedness.

Westchester County Exec Proposes 2015 Budget

Nov 11, 2014

Fresh from his defeat in New York’s gubernatorial race, the Westchester County executive Monday proposed his 2015 budget, his fifth with no tax levy hike.

Westchester Reports First Case Of Enterovirus 68

Sep 26, 2014
CDC

Westchester County has learned of its first case of enterovirus 68, a severe respiratory illness that is affecting mainly children.

Office of the Westchester County Executive

Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino says he has yet to decide whether to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo, even as he criticized the governor's performance.

The Republican says he expects to make a decision on whether to run in the next 60 days. Astorino is considered by Republicans to be one of their best candidates to take on the popular Democratic governor this year.  Astorino visited Albany on Tuesday. He says he's been traveling the state and talking to donors, but is also considering the toll a campaign would take on his family.

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A county health department in New York’s Hudson Valley is the latest entity to announce help for residents with the new health insurance marketplace under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

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A Hudson Valley county has its first human case of West Nile Virus this year.

A New York City man has been convicted of firearm and robbery offenses, including in the Hudson Valley.

August Is Prime For Bats Getting Inside Homes

Aug 19, 2013
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

August is generally the busiest month of the year when it comes to bats making their way inside homes. This year, it’s extra busy in one Hudson Valley county, while in another, they’re seeing more residents in need of rabies treatments.

It is the fourth anniversary of a fair and affordable housing settlement agreement between the federal government and Westchester County. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about an agreement he wants to push across the finish line.

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Westchester County has suffered a loss in federal court in its long battle over a fair housing settlement.

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A U.S attorney and the Environmental Protection Agency are suing Westchester County.

Westchester Police To Keep Eye On Parks

May 30, 2013
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WHITE PLAINS – In light of acts of violence in public places in recent months, the Westchester County Department of Public Safety will be keeping a close watch on the county’s parks this summer.

Public Safety Commissioner George Longworth told county lawmakers the department will keep a close watch on those recreational facilities.

“We study each incident that occurs including the Boston Marathon event and we analyze intelligence information as it comes in and we make adjustments accordingly,” he said.

Judge Says No To Westchester's Injunction Request

Apr 28, 2013

A federal court judge Friday denied a request from Westchester County attorneys for a temporary restraining order in relation to an affordable housing settlement.

Westchester Begins Bus Security Campaign

Apr 19, 2013
Westchester County, Office of the County Executive

A new advertising campaign in a county in New York’s Hudson Valley calls for citizen vigilance.

WHITE PLAINS – The US Department of Housing and Urban Development Monday threatened to reallocate $7.4 million in fiscal year 2011 funding For Westchester County's community development block grant and other federal programs.

“To date, the county has not provided satisfactory certification that it will comply with its obligation to affirmatively further fair housing as part of its FY2011 Annual Action Plan,” HUD Director of Community Planning and Development Vincent Horn wrote to County Executive Robert Astorino.

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Two Hudson Valley towns are on the receiving end of a combined $3.6 million in federal funds. The money is to reimburse the cost of cleaning up after Superstorm Sandy.

Legislators in one of New York’s Hudson Valley counties say they plan to extend a measure that guarantees that county employees who are serving on active duty are held harmless on their pay.

FEMA Works on New Flood Maps, Insurance Rates Affected

Jan 31, 2013

Federal flood maps are being redrawn, and for those areas hit by Hurricane Sandy, that could mean guidance on whether to rebuild on higher ground. The new maps will also impact flood-insurance premiums.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is redrawing flood-zone maps for the New York City area. Michael Byrne is FEMA’s federal coordinating officer for New York. He says the map revisions began before Hurricane Sandy, but are of even greater concern since Sandy.

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