WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Newly elected Westchester County Legislator Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining) will chair the first meeting of a newly created committee Tuesday morning in White Plains.
Borgia, a former Ossining town supervisor who was elected in November to succeed retiring Legislator William Burton in District 9, was chosen by Board of Legislators Chair Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) to lead the Government Operations Committee. District 9 covers Ossining, Briarcliff Manor, Croton-on-Hudson, Cortlandt and Peekskill.
Jenkins said the new body, which has nine members, was merged from the Housing, Planning & Operations and Public Works Committee to oversee affordable housing programs, projects and issues. The group will also monitor construction and maintenance projects that relate to county-owned and operated infrastructure, including bridges and roadways, Westchester County Airport, the Norwood Jackson Correctional Facility, office buildings, parking structures and the courthouse.
The committee will also oversee the Parks Department's management of Rye Playland, Westchester County Center and the county's more than 17,000 acres, 50 recreational facilities and six public golf courses.
Borgia, who was a village trustee in Ossining for four years and served seven years as chief of staff for state Assembly member Sandra Galef (D-Ossining) prior to being supervisor, was one of only two new legislators to be given a committee chair assignment.
"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," Jenkins said.
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