“What I am here to deliver tonight is news that it is a new day in Westchester County. A day of new opportunity, a day of new ideas and approaches and a day of new growth. And friends - the State of our County is moving forward," Westchester County Executive George Latimer said in his first State of the County address.
Latimer, a Democrat from Rye, spoke to a capacity crowd on Monday, April 16 in the Legislative Chambers of the Board of Legislators in White Plains.
His speech included various initiatives that Latimer and his staff are working on, including:
-- Westchester County’s joining of the Paris Climate Agreement,
-- a commitment to get to work on rebuilding our County’s infrastructure and its backlog of $1.5 billion in capital projects.
-- the opening of a female veterans clinic at Westchester Medical Center, and
-- efforts to craft a shared services plan that will provide real relief to Westchester taxpayers.
Latimer also made note of the current "disappointing" status of Westchester’s finances. Latimer, whose first budget will not be voted on until November, said: "To move the State of our County forward together – we must understand where our fiscal house stands. And much to my disappointment – the numbers right now do not look pretty. Our County’s finances have fallen victim to ‘sweep it under the rug’ economics for too long.”
In the address, Latimer also individually recognized all 16 members of the Board of Legislators, highlighting the importance of ‘building bridges’ – a theme of the address.
Latimer said: “Right now in this Country we are divided, but here in Westchester County we are committed to building bridges. Bridges between people, cultures, political parties, different ages, time and beliefs.”
The full text of Latimer's speech can be found online here.
A video of Latimer's speech can be viewed by clicking here.
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