Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins today announced a revamp of committees designed to tackle consolidation, mandate relief and other challenges facing government and taxpayers.
In announcing the changes, Jenkins named Vice Chairman Lyndon Williams, D-Mount Vernon, and Majority Whip Judy Myers, D-Mamaroneck, as chairs of the Government Reform, Efficiency and Savings Committee. This group will focus on government oversight, collaborative assessment, charter changes and others matters aimed at addressing property taxes.
It is also expected to tie into Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s commissions on mandate relief and Medicaid redesign. Neither Williams nor Myers will get an additional stipend beyond the ones they receive in their leadership roles.
Legislator Mike Kaplowitz, a Somers Democrat who chaired the government reform committee last year, will now head up Environment and Energy. Former Legislator Tom Abinanti, who was recently sworn in as a state Assemblyman had led that committee. Kaplowitz will receive a $3,000 stipend as chair.
The board’s Subcommittee on Appointments, led by Legislator Bill Burton, will become a full-standing committee, though Burton will not be receiving a stipend.
Membership on these committees will not change.
“I am pleased to recommend these capable men and women to chair the Board’s Committees during this legislative term,” Jenkins said in a statement. “We have much work to do and many challenges facing our county. I know that these legislators will be able to deliver the responsible and accessible government that the residents of Westchester have called for to help move our county in the right direction.”