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White Plains Common Council Approves City Changes

Council president Hon. Beth Smayda discussed smoke-free affordable housing units in order to promote healthier lifestyles in White Plains.
Council president Hon. Beth Smayda discussed smoke-free affordable housing units in order to promote healthier lifestyles in White Plains. Photo Credit: Screenshot

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The common council met on Monday, Oct. 7 to discuss and authorize several items that will affect White Plains residents.

Among the various agenda items were the adding affordable housing, rededicating the Battle of Whitney Park, and making changes to the Sept. 11 Memorial at Liberty Park.

The council granted the application submitted by the White Plains Housing Authority under the City’s Affordable Home Ownership Program for a grant of $500,000 from the City’s Affordable Housing Assistance Fund for a project to develop 103 units of low income rental housing at the northwest corner of the Winbrook Campus.

The housing would be available to those at or below 60-percent of the area income median.

Council president Hon. Beth Smayda said the units would be smoke-free in order to promote healthier lifestyles in White Plains.

The council also authorized street closures and parking restrictions for Oct. 27 for the re-dedication ceremony of the former Battle Whitney Park as Battle of White Plains Park.

Mayor Thomas Roach explained the historical significance of the battle, and said reenactors and White Plains dignitaries would be present for the rededication ceremony.

Hon. Milagros Lecuona discussed her project with local landscapers to add a garden to the Sept. 11 memorial at Liberty Park.

"It felt like there was something missing. I have received several emails about how the memorial is not integrated well enough into the park," she said.

The council authorized the mayor to accept, on behalf of the City of White Plains, a donation from the Shinnyo-En Foundation and Shinnyo-En USA New York Temple in the amount of $3,400 to be used to offset the cost of the landscaping.

Several other donations were accepted for Project Hope, a drug and alcohol abuse prevention project sponsored by the Youth Bureau; Dads Take Your Kid To School Day and The Great Potential Program.

To see the full agenda of the meeting, click here.

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