Westchester County

Clean And Healthy New York

A new report sounds the alarm about dangerous chemicals detected in children's products purchased in Albany and Westchester Counties and on Long Island.

Coyote That Bit Girl In Westchester Was Rabid

May 1, 2018
Courtesy of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

The coyote that lunged at and bit a 5-year-old girl at a playground in Westchester County has tested positive for rabies.

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about the special elections being held across the region Tuesday.  The two also discuss Amazon dismissing the Capital Region's bid to house its second headquarters.

Westchester Legislators Pass Immigrant Protection Act

Mar 13, 2018

The Westchester Board of Legislators approved an Immigrant Protection Act Monday night. Democratic County Executive George Latimer intends to sign the bill. A few Republican legislators say the measure puts safety on the line. And some attorneys believe Westchester will become the first county in New York to have such legislation on the books.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo and other prominent New York Democrats are campaigning Sunday in the Westchester County Village of Larchmont for an Assemblywoman who is running for a vacant state Senate seat.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer has named a county legislator as the director of the Department of Consumer Protection.

Westchester-Long Island Tunnel Idea Re-Emerges

Jan 15, 2018
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The idea of building a tunnel from Long Island to Westchester is not new.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo during his State of the State address in early January said it’s worth revisiting in the name of alleviating traffic congestion. But some state Assemblymembers from Westchester doubt the concept will gain traction.

Health officials in Westchester County have confirmed two cases of Legionnaires' disease at a nursing home in Croton-on-Hudson.

Westchester Pitches To Land Amazon Headquarters

Sep 27, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

County Executive Rob Astorino is making a pitch to try and land Amazon’s second headquarters in Westchester. He stood outside the Westchester County Center in White Plains Tuesday with several elected officials and business and education leaders, saying Westchester has a number of locations at the ready and is the smartest choice for the e-commerce giant.

Westchester Issues Alert After Capturing A Rabid Fox

Sep 21, 2017
Courtesy of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

The Westchester health department has issued a rabies alert after a rabid fox was captured recently in the northern part of the county.

Assemblyman John McDonald, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, businessman Vic Christopher and Assemblywoman Pat Fahy at Quackenbush Square for the Uber launch.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Elected officials, law enforcement and local business leaders gathered today in downtown Albany to celebrate the launch of ride-hailing apps in the Capital Region, now legal across New York, ahead of the July 4th weekend.

Westchester Officials Issue Health Alert

Jun 15, 2017

Westchester County health officials are urging patrons of a certain restaurant to protect themselves against Hepatitis A. This comes after one of the restaurant’s employees worked there while contagious.

The Westchester County Board of Legislators is expected to approve Monday night a land lease for what could be the county’s largest public-private project — a biotech hub next to Westchester Medical Center.

Republican County Executive Rob Astorino says Westchester has exceeded the benchmark for developing affordable housing. The announcement came just a few days before a deadline stemming from a 2009 housing settlement with the federal government. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.

Return Of Gun Show To Westchester Stirs Up Debate

Dec 22, 2016
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The return of a gun show to Westchester County is stirring up controversy. Local Democrats are crafting legislation to ban the show while Republicans are proposing a law to mandate model gun show procedures.

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The Westchester County Board of Legislators Monday passed a $1.8 billion 2017 budget. This marks the seventh consecutive county budget that carries no tax increase.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill sponsored by Hudson Valley lawmakers to block large trucks from entering parkways in Westchester County.

  

A U.S. Department of Justice grant is headed Westchester’s way to help increase the county’s capacity to perform DNA analysis and reduce the backlog of unfinished cases.

Numerous ceremonies are scheduled for this weekend marking the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. And while Westchester County will hold such a ceremony, it also offers residents the opportunity to serve and remember.

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.

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