Westchester Legislators Approve Budget

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The Westchester County Board of Legislators has approved a 2014 County Budget. Minority Leader, Legislator James Maisano, addresses the Board of Legislators prior to 2014 budget vote. Photo Credit: Contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) has approved a 2014 County Budget in the early morning hours Tuesday which includes funding to resume the low-income Title XX child care program, frozen since 2010.

The new budget posts an addition of $900,000 that will provide a total of 180 slots for children, who otherwise might be put into programs that are less safe or too expensive, according to a press release issued by the BOL.

“We heard from our residents and child care advocates loud and clear that creating more Title XX slots was a priority,” said BOL Majority Leader Pete Harckham in a press release. “This will help to keep low-income parents working and contributing to Westchester’s economy rather than needing more expensive social services.”

While certain costs increased across the budget, the BOL was able to make a number of social “safety net” additions to the 2014 budget without raising taxes by trimming projected expenses in the departmental budgets, the release said.

Among the additions were nearly $1 million in advocacy programs for domestic violence education, literacy enrichment and resource centers for new immigrants, according to the release.

County Executive Astorino now has 10 days to sign or veto the 2014 County Budget.

You can read the complete release from the BOL here.

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