Letter: Westchester Legislators Make History At Meeting

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In a letter to the editor, Jim Maisano expressed his excitement in being named Vice Chair of the Board of Legislators. Photo Credit: File

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We made history last night at the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) reorganization meeting. Two guys that grew up in New Rochelle were elected as Chair & Vice Chair – Democrat Mike Kaplowitz as Chair and yours truly as Vice Chair. (Chairman Kaplowitz now lives in Somers). Most importantly, this is the first bipartisan leadership team for the BOL that anyone can remember. I will be the first Republican officer of the BOL since 1997 and am incredibly honored to serve as Vice Chair for the next two years.

Our bipartisan leadership team is committed to ensuring that the deliberations of the BOL are performed in a professional, collegial and serious manner. We will create a process where legislators debate the important issues facing Westchester in a respectful and thoughtful manner with a goal of building consensus and creating compromise. We will provide legislative oversight over the county executive and his administration, but will do so in a less political and less partisan way. Checks and balances are alive and well at the BOL, but so is bipartisanship and good government.

We hope to lead one of the best legislatures in the country and cannot wait to get to work on Tuesday!

Jim Maisano

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Marcus Junius Brutus:

Congratulations to all, especially northern Westchester Democrat Mike Kaplowitz. I hope Democratic voters will hold the rest of their elected officials, particularly Messrs. Buchwald and Harckham to a higher standard that does not practice politics as usual with the kind of Albany dealmaking that is ruining our schools.

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