CALL TO ORDER

With a quorum present, {MinutesOpenedBy} called the meeting to order at {MinutesOpened:h:mm tt}.

Roll Call
MINUTES APPROVAL
1. Minutes of Feb 25, 2019 10:04 AM Accepted

On motion of Legislator Barr, seconded by Legislator Shimsky the minutes were approved 5 - 0.

2. Minutes of Feb 26, 2019 10:00 AM Accepted

On motion of Legislator Barr, seconded by Legislator Shimsky the minutes were approved 5 - 0.

 

3. Minutes of Mar 4, 2019 10:05 AM Accepted

On motion of Legislator Barr, seconded by Legislator Shimsky the minutes were approved 5 - 0.

 

4. Minutes of Mar 25, 2019 10:04 AM Accepted

On motion of Legislator Barr, seconded by Legislator Shimsky the minutes were approved 5 - 0.

 

5. Minutes of Mar 25, 2019 1:03 PM Accepted

On motion of Legislator Barr, seconded by Legislator Shimsky the minutes were approved 5 - 0.

 

I. ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION

Discussion with the Veterans Service Agency on current initiatives.

Chair Covill invited the guests to the table to introduce themselves and begin the discussion on Veterans services. Ron Tocci introduced himself and gave a brief overview of the services available to Veterans, their families as well as those who are actively serving. A new service has been recently initiated called Veterans on the road. This program partners up with Colleges and Universities within Westchester County to institute Veteran Service Centers on their campuses. Many of the colleges have staffed Directors who are able to communicate with their Veteran students to help them understand and connect then to the benefits and services that are available to them while they are in school.

Westchester Community College has approximately 200 veteran students.

Director Tocci went on to explains the biggest challenge the agency faces is identifying Veterans who need services and don't know that the agency exists. One way Legislators can help  is in the effort to identify veterans in their communities that have not idea the Agency exists. Director
Tocci suggested that Legislators include a blurb in their newsletters explaining what the agency does and how to get in touch with them.

Chair Covill asked if the agency received new clients with the new outreach effort.

Mr. Tocci responded, no they haven't received many new clients from the Iraq and Afghanistan war, most of their  clients are still from WWII, Korean and Vietnam war because many of them are older and in need of immediate services. Mr. Griffin, Senior Services Officer added that many soldiers in the Vietnam war were single and the volunteer military are older and married with children. When ,most of them are discharged they go right into the workforce. They don't have time to go to Veterans services. The advantage of going to the college brings in he individuals who have a bit more time on their hands.

Legislator A. Williams asked about Agent Orange and if Veterans are able to get service connected benefits related to the effects of Agent Orange?

Mr. Griffin responded yes, they are a number of diseases cause by exposure to Agent Orange. Just recently the Federal Government decided to give the benefits to the Blue Water Navy, these are guys that served in the South China Sea. It was proved that whenever these ships were close to shore they have to take in the water, desalinate it for bathing and drinking. And if they are near Vietnam they are pulling in Agent Orange because it is leaching off of the dirt and are now drinking and bathing in it.

Legislator A. Williams also asked about Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) and if the Federal Government is now recognizing that there is a need for care for individuals who suffer from it.

Mr. Griffin answered that every war had a different name of the syndrome the  WWI it was Shell-Shock, WWII it was Battle Fatigue, in the Civil War it was called Soldiers Heart. Mr. Tocci added there has been tremendous progress with PTSD, there has been a lot of research done on brain injuries and many institutes that offer many treatments as well as group therapy. One of the best and most successful treatments are Vet to Vet, where Veteran who have had similar experiences Mr. Griffin stated the facilities treat the symptoms but every Doctor will tell you that there is no cure.

Legislator Barr asked if there are programs for the families who have loved ones who suffer from PTSD.

Mr. Tocci responded and stated that the Agency is unable to ge the names of anyone separating from active service. The Department of Defense has an active policy which does not release that information.

Chair Covill asked if the Agency has considered doing job fairs to capture individuals who have recently come out of the military.

Mr. Tocci stated it has been done and they are currently looking into having another one this year. It was called a Resource Fair but many time it was a lot of the same people coming out.

Mr. Griffin added that he speaks at different schools throughout the year on the Vietnam War and always makes it a point to ask the students if they have any family members who are currently serving or who has served and he hands out his business cards and asks them to get in contact with him.

Mr. Tocci announced to the Committee that Veterans Court has become very prominent across the Country. This program is a Diversion Treatment Court for Veterans who have gotten caught up in the Criminal Justice System maybe because of PTSD, alcohol, substance abuse addiction, or a traumatic brain issue. They are trying to establish a Veterans Court that will take all of these cases in one central location. The Judges and the District Attorney are all educated

on how to handle the case. It currently exists in the Bronx and in the last 3-4 years they have seen a 98% reduction in recidivism. Westchester County is trying to implement the same program, there has been conversation with the Kathy Davidson the Administrative Judge, Commissioner Pozzi of Probation, Commissioner Spano from Correction as well as the County Executives Office and they believe that Westchester is on the verge of making this happen sometime in the next couple of months.

II. OTHER BUSINESS

Unfinished Business and any other agenda items to come before the Committee.

 

III. RECEIVE & FILE
1. 11515 : LEGISLATORS TUBIOLO, PEREZ, MAHER, BARR, COVILL, JOHNSON AND BORGIA: Boston Herald Article - "Body Shaming a Problem on and off the Web" Received and Filed

Forwarding a Boston Herald article entitled, "Body Shaming a Problem on and off the Web."

With a motion by Legislator Shimsky and seconded by Legislator A. Williams the item below was received & filed with a vote of 5 to 0.

a. COMM - Boston Herald Article - "Body Shaming a Problem on and off the Web" - DRAFT
2. 11522 : LEGISLATORS MAHER, SHIMSKY, BOYKIN, L.WILLIAMS, A.WILLIAMS, BARR, JOHNSON, COVILL, CLEMENTS, BORGIA, PARKER AND PEREZ : County News Article - "Counties Can Help Build the Case for Investing in Early Childhood Education" Received and Filed

Forwarding a County News article entitled, "Counties Can Help Build the Case for Investing in Early Childhood Education."

With a motion by Legislator Shimsky and seconded by Legislator A. Williams the item below was received & filed with a vote of 5 to 0.

 

a. COMM - County News Article - "Counties Can Help Build the Case for Investing in Early Childhood Education" - DRAFT
3. 11554 : LEGISLATORS SHIMSKY, MAHER, BOYKIN, L. WILLIAMS, A. WILLIAMS, BARR, JOHNSON, COVILL, CLEMENTS, BORGIA, PARKER AND PEREZ: New York Times Article - "How to Inoculate Against Anti-Vaxxers" Received and Filed

Forwarding a New York Times article entitled, "How to Inoculate Against Anti-Vaxxers."

With a motion by Legislator Shimsky and seconded by Legislator A. Williams the item below was received & filed with a vote of 5 to 0.

 

a. COMM - New York Times Article - "How to Inoculate Against Anti-Vaxxers" - DRAFT
4. 11555 : LEGISLATORS SHIMSKY, CUNZIO, MAHER, BOYKIN, L. WILLIAMS, A. WILLIAMS, BARR, JOHNSON, CLEMENTS, COVILL, BORGIA, PARKER AND PEREZ: RochesterFirst.com Article - "Program will provide opioid addiction treatment to Monroe inmates" Received and Filed

Forwarding a RochesterFirst.com article entitled, "Program will provide opioid addiction treatment to Monroe County inmates."

With a motion by Legislator Shimsky and seconded by Legislator A. Williams the item below was received & filed with a vote of 5 to 0.

 

a. COMM - RochesterFirst.com Article - "Program will provide opioid addiction treatment to Monroe inmates" - DRAFT
5. 11556 : LEGISLATORS SHIMSKY, MAHER, BOYKIN, L. WILLIAMS, A. WILLIAMS, BARR, JOHNSON, COVILL, CLEMENTS, BORGIA, PARKER AND PEREZ : Dailykos.com Article - "States that spend more money on libraries, parks and highways have happier" Received and Filed

Forwarding a Dailykos.com article entitled, "States that spend more money on libraries, parks and highways have happier Americans, study says."

With a motion by Legislator Shimsky and seconded by Legislator A. Williams the item below was received & filed with a vote of 5 to 0.

 

a. COMM - Dailykos.com Article - "States that spend more money on libraries, parks and highways have happier" - DRAFT
6. 11559 : LEGISLATORS SHIMSKY, MAHER, BOYKIN, L. WILLIAMS, A. WILLIAMS, BARR, JOHNSON, COVILL, CLEMENTS, BORGIA, PARKER AND PEREZ: New York Times Article-"4 Arrested and 23 Guns Seized in Plot Against Muslim Enclave in Upstate NY" Received and Filed

Forwarding a New York Times article entitled, "4 Arrested and 23 Guns Seized in Plot Against Muslim Enclave in Upstate NY."

With a motion by Legislator Shimsky and seconded by Legislator A. Williams the item below was received & filed with a vote of 5 to 0.

 

a. COMM - New York Times Article-"4 Arrested and 23 Guns Seized in Plot Against Muslim Enclave in Upstate NY" - DRAFT
7. 11596 : HON. BENJAMIN BOYKIN: NYTimes Article - "Jail or Bail? There's a New Option" Received and Filed

Forwarding a New York Times article entitled, "Jail or Bail? There's a New Option."

With a motion by Legislator Shimsky and seconded by Legislator A. Williams the item below was received & filed with a vote of 5 to 0.

 

a. COMM - NYTimes Article - "Jail or Bail? There's a New Option" - DRAFT
8. 11597 : HON. DAMON R. MAHER: County News Article - "What's next for the 2020 Census?" Received and Filed

Forwarding a County News article entitled, "What's next for the 2020 Census?"

With a motion by Legislator Shimsky and seconded by Legislator A. Williams the item below was received & filed with a vote of 5 to 0.

 

a. COMM - County News Article - "What's next for the 2020 Census?" - DRAFT
9. 11612 : HON. MARYJANE SHIMSKY: NCPR Newsletter - "Medical foster homes can be an option for elderly veterans but the VA won't pay" Received and Filed

Forwarding a newsletter from North County Public Radio (NCPR) entitled,  "Medical foster homes can be an option for elderly veterans but the VA won't pay for them."

With a motion by Legislator Shimsky and seconded by Legislator A. Williams the item below was received & filed with a vote of 5 to 0.

 

a. COMM - NCPR Newsletter - "Medical foster homes can be an option for elderly veterans but the VA won't pay" - DRAFT
10. 11616 : HON. MARYJANE SHIMSKY: NYSAC Newsletter - "Bipartisan Conference of NYS County Leaders Sets Priorities for 2019" Received and Filed

Forwarding the NYSAC Newsletter: "Bipartisan Conference of NYS County Leaders Sets Priorities for 2019."

With a motion by Legislator Shimsky and seconded by Legislator A. Williams the item below was received & filed with a vote of 5 to 0.

 

a. COMM - NYSAC Newsletter - "Bipartisan Conference of NYS County Leaders Sets Priorities for 2019" - DRAFT
11. 11623 : HON. NANCY E. BARR: NYSAC Press Release - "Counties Voice Concerns about NYS Marijuana Proposal" Received and Filed

Forwarding a NYSAC Press Release entitled, "Counties Voice Concerns about NYS Marijuana Proposal."

With a motion by Legislator Shimsky and seconded by Legislator A. Williams the item below was received & filed with a vote of 5 to 0.

 

a. COMM - NYSAC Press Release - "Counties Voice Concerns about NYS Marijuana Proposal" - DRAFT
12. 11627 : HON. DAMON R. MAHER: The Atlantic Article - "What Are Active-Shooter Drills Doing to Kids?" Received and Filed

Forwarding an article from The Atlantic entitled, "What Are Active-Shooter Drills Doing to Kids?"

With a motion by Legislator Shimsky and seconded by Legislator A. Williams the item below was received & filed with a vote of 5 to 0.

 

a. COMM - The Atlantic Article - "What Are Active-Shooter Drills Doing to Kids?" - DRAFT
13. 11672 : HON. DAMON R. MAHER: The New Yorker Article - "The Jail Health-Care Crisis" Received and Filed

Forwarding an article from The New Yorker entitled, "The Jail Health-Care Crisis."

With a motion by Legislator Shimsky and seconded by Legislator A. Williams the item below was received & filed with a vote of 5 to 0.

 

a. COMM - The New Yorker Article - "The Jail Health-Care Crisis" - DRAFT
14. 11692 : HON. MARYJANE SHIMSKY: Governing Magazine Article - "Opioid Epidemic and Syphilis Outbreaks Complicate Trumps HIV Plan" Received and Filed

Forwarding a Governing Magazine article entitled,  "Opioid Epidemic and Syphilis Outbreaks Complicate Trumps HIV Plan."

With a motion by Legislator Shimsky and seconded by Legislator A. Williams the item below was received & filed with a vote of 5 to 0.

 

a. COMM - Governing Magazine Article - "Opioid Epidemic and Syphilis Outbreaks Complicate Trumps HIV Plan" - DRAFT
15. 11693 : HON. MARYJANE SHIMSKY: Governing Magazine Article - "To Fund Mental Health Care, States and Cities Raise Taxes" Received and Filed

Forwarding a Governing Magazine article entitled, "To Fund Mental Health Care, States and Cities Raise Taxes."

With a motion by Legislator Shimsky and seconded by Legislator A. Williams the item below was received & filed with a vote of 5 to 0.

 

a. COMM - Governing Magazine Article - "To Fund Mental Health Care, States and Cities Raise Taxes" - DRAFT
16. 11695 : HON. MARYJANE SHIMSKY: Buzzfeed.com Article - "Here's How One Small Town Beat the Opioid Epidemic" Received and Filed

Forwarding a Buzzfeed.com article entitled, "Here's How One Small Town Beat the Opioid Epidemic."

With a motion by Legislator Shimsky and seconded by Legislator A. Williams the item below was received & filed with a vote of 5 to 0.

 

a. COMM - Buzzfeed.com Article - "Here's How One Small Town Beat the Opioid Epidemic" - DRAFT
ADJOURNMENT

Moved by Legislator Barr seconded by Legislator Shimsky the Committee adjourned at {MinutesClosed:h:mm tt}.