• WCA, Mayors Leverage Memo of Understanding

  • JANUARY 27, 2012 | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, GOVERNMENT REFORM, MANDATE RELIEF, NYS GOV'T, REAL ESTATE, SEQRA

  • Collaborate on Real Estate and Lobbying Efforts

  • Mayors of Westchester's cities met with the Westchester County Association's economic development team to further leverage the memo of understanding between the two groups to foster economic development...


    L-R: Bill Mooney, Hon. Ernie Davis, Hon. Mary Foster, Hon. Tom Roach, and Marissa Brett
    Mayor Ernie Davis of Mt. Vernon, Mary Foster of Peeksill, and Mayor Tom Roach of White Plains attended Thursday's afternoon meeting to identify ways in which The Blueprint for Westchester, WCA's major economic development effort, can help the cities attract and retain business and jobs.  

    The following were action items agreed upon by the mayors and the WCA:

    1. The WCA will collaborate with each city on a BLUEPRINT Showcase, or tour of the city for brokers, developers, and interested parties to sell each city's unique attributes; 
    2. The cities will leverage WCA's resources for unfunded mandate relief from New York State.  To date, unfunded mandates are putting the squeeze on local governments, already struggling to deliver balanced budgets and quality services to residents; and
    3. The cities will join WCA's lobbying efforts for administrative reforms to SEQRA, New York State's cumbersome environmental regulations. Through administrative reform, WCA believes the environment can be adequately protected while reducing the multi-year permitting process.
    Stay tuned for further progress!

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