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Westchester Legislators Keep Leadership Team For 2016-17 Term

Board of Legislators Chairman Mike Kaplowitz will keep his leadership role during the 2016-17 legislative session.. Photo Credit: File
Republican Legislator Jim Maisano will retain his seat as vice chairman of the Board of Legislators for the 2016-17 session. Photo Credit: Filed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Mike Kaplowitz, a Democrat, and Vice Chairman Jim Maisano, a Republican, have announced that they have received the needed support of their parties to continue in their leadership positions for the 2016-17 legislative session.

The two men, who began working together in 1998, both said that they have a host of important issues to address in the coming year, including affordable housing, capital and infrastructure projects.

Kaplowitz, who represents New Castle, Somers and Yorktown, said: “I am happy to continue in my leadership position as chairman of the Board of Legislators. I think the confidence that my colleagues have demonstrated in Vice Chairman Maisano and myself is a direct result of the inclusive, collaborative, professional and fair manner in which we have administered the work of the Board of Legislators for the past two years. We have many important issues to address in the next two years, like continued compliance with the fair and affordable housing settlement, important capital projects and the transition to a private-public partnership to manage Playland.”

Maisano, who represents New Rochelle, Pelham and Pelham Manor said: “I am very happy to continue serving in leadership at the Board of Legislators with Chairman Kaplowitz. Over the last two years, Mike and I have worked hard to maintain an atmosphere of professionalism and collegiality in the way we operate at the BOL. I believe that the Westchester Board of Legislators stands as an example to lawmakers from local municipalities to Washington, D.C., that disagreements are very much a part of the political process, but they don’t have to be personal and they don’t have to stand in the way of governing responsibly.”

The Democratic and Republican caucuses also reaffirmed their respective leaders for the 2016-17 session, including: Legislator Catherine Borgia, D-Ossining as majority leader and Legislator John Testa, R-Peekskill as minority leader; Legislator Alfreda Williams, D-Greenburgh, will be majority whip, and Legislator Gordon Burrows, R-Bronxville/Yonkers, will be minority whip.

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