County Legislator Michael Kaplowitz (D-Somers), whose
district represents Yorktown, New Castle and Somers, was elected as
chairman of the Westchester Board of Legislators on Monday.
am humbled and honored by the support of my colleagues and I am thrilled
to accept the position of Chairman of the Westchester County Board of
Legislators," Kaplowitz said.
Kaplowitz, an attorney and
investment advisor, has represented his district since 1998. In the
county legislature, he has served as Budget and Appropriations Committee
Chairman, Environment and Energy Committee Chairman, and as
Vice-Chairman of the Board.
"Bipartisanship is a word that is
spoken often but not put into practice often enough," he said after the
vote. "We all have different philosophies and bipartisanship does not
mean that we pretend to agree on every issue but we can find a way to
work through our disagreements in a positive and constructive way."
colleague Jim Maisano (R-New Rochelle), whose district represents New
Rochelle, Pelham and Pelham Manor, was elected as vice chairman of the
board. Maisano was elected as county legislator in 1997 and has since
served on numerous committees and held leadership positions. Maisano
held the position of minority leaders for the last four years.
Michael Kaplowitz and I began our legislative careers 16 years ago,
there was a more professional and collegial atmosphere at the BOL,"
Maisano said. "I think that kind of working atmosphere allowed us to
accomplish more and govern better. We will work hard each day to create a
process of consensus building and cooperation between all 17
Democratic Legislator Catherine Borgia, who
represents Briarcliff Manor, Cortlandt, Croton-on-Hudson, Ossining and
Peekskill, was elected Majority Leader.
"The Democratic caucus
looks forward to a productive legislative session as we focus on our
shared goals: protecting the health, safety of Westchester residents;
providing services to our children, families, veterans and seniors;
protecting our wonderful local environment; and working to create new
jobs and renewed economic opportunity for Westchester," Borgia said.
Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators assigns
committee positions for Legislators as well as staff. Kaplowitz said
that every one of the 17 legislators will be assigned to a committee or a
Committee appointments will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 9.