Westchester County
New York

Resolution
RES-2017-78

Proposed "Thriving Families Resolution"

Information

Department:Board of LegislatorsSponsors:D9 Legislator (Majority Leader) Catherine Borgia
Category:Resolution

Body

The proposed "Westchester County Thriving Families" RESOLUTION.

Meeting History

Jun 6, 2016 7:00 PM Video Board of Legislators Regular Meeting

On motion of Ms. Borgia the above item was received, filed and referred to the Committees on Public Safety & Social Services and Legislation.

RESULT:REFERRED TO COMMITTEE
Jun 19, 2017 1:00 PM Video Legislation Committee Meeting

Leg. Kaplowitz noted that around a year ago there was a similar resolution, similar in tone, but slightly different construction. He gave credit to the Task Force and Leg. Borgia and Kathy Halas who have chaired it, that we have a Thriving Families resolution that hits a really nice tone. It talks about supporting, advocating, considering principles and it discussed the various issues of safety, safe and affordable housing, child care, after school programs, liveable wages and benefits, reasonably priced and accessible public transportation, among others. It creates a measurement that allows us to recognize needs on budgeting and perhaps additional need .in the future. Kathy Halas, Co-Chair of the Task Force along with Leg. Borgia, stated that the Task Force was started to provide additional input for the Board to consider on what is happening in Westchester. They held four community forums and learned about issues that would enhance residents lives and were common to most communities, such as transportation, jobs, housing, services for children etc. This resolution is aspirational and does not obligate Westchester County, nor does it single out Westchester as the only responsible party. Rather, it's very clear in the language that if we are to achieve a thriving Westchester for all families then it is incumbent on the non-profit community, on business and philanthropy and individuals to work towards that goal. A short discussion followed.

With a motion by Legislator Boykin and seconded by Legislator Burrows, the item was approved with a vote of 6 - 0.

RESULT:SIGNED BY COMMITTEE
Jun 19, 2017 1:01 PM  Public Safety & Social Services Committee Meeting
draft Draft

Chairman Boykin opened the committee. Legislator Kaplowitz noted that around a year ago there was a similar resolution, similar in tone, but slightly different construction. He gave credit to the Task Force and Leg. Borgia and Kathy Halas who have chaired it, that we have a Thriving Families resolution that hits a really nice tone. It talks about supporting, advocating, considering principles and it discussed the various issues of safety, safe and affordable housing, child care, after school programs, livable wages and benefits, reasonably priced and accessible public transportation, among others. It creates a measurement that allows us to recognize needs on budgeting and perhaps additional need in the future. Kathy Halas, Co-Chair of the Task Force along with Leg. Borgia, stated that the Task Force was started to provide additional input for the Board to consider on what is happening in Westchester. They held four community forums and learned about issues that would enhance residents lives and were common to most communities, such as transportation, jobs, housing, services for children etc. This resolution is aspirational and does not obligate Westchester County, nor does it single out Westchester as the only responsible party. Rather, it's very clear in the language that if we are to achieve a thriving Westchester for all families then it is incumbent on the non-profit community, on business and philanthropy and individuals to work towards that goal. A short discussion followed.

With a motion by Legislator Boykin and seconded by Legislator Burrows, the item was approved with a vote of 7 - 0.

RESULT:SIGNED BY COMMITTEE
Jun 19, 2017 7:00 PM Video Board of Legislators Regular Meeting
draft Draft

Submitted by COMMITTEES ON LEGISLATION AND PUBLIC SAFETY & SOCIAL SERVICES.

Ms. Perez and Mr. Boykin presented the Resolution and moved its adoption, which motion was carried by the following vote.

RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
AYES:Catherine Borgia, John G. Testa, Benjamin Boykin, Gordon A. Burrows, Francis Corcoran, Margaret A Cunzio, David B. Gelfarb, Kenneth W. Jenkins, James Maisano, Sheila Marcotte, Catherine Parker, Virginia Perez, MaryJane Shimsky, David J. Tubiolo, Alfreda Williams, Lyndon Williams, Michael Kaplowitz