Westchester county legislator
Westchester county legislator
Catherine Borgia represents Legislative District 9 on the Westchester County Board of Legislators, which encompasses Ossining, Briarcliff, Croton, and parts of Cortlandt and the City of Peekskill. She serves as the Majority Leader for the Westchester County Board of Legislators.
In the past two years under her leadership, the committee has evaluated and approved over 200 capital projects, translating into hundreds of millions of dollars of critical infrastructure improvements and thousands of jobs for Westchester residents. As a member of the Board’s Budget & Appropriations Committee, she worked tirelessly to insure a county budget that had no county tax increase. She also serves on the Legislation, Community Services, and Energy & Environment committees.
In her first term, Borgia sponsored major legislative initiatives, all of which passed with broad bipartisan support:
A law that helps small electrical and plumbing business get licensing to install solar energy equipment, improving Westchester’s green economy.
Legislation that bans hydrofracking byproducts, protecting our water supplies.
Legislation creating a Westchester County Local Development Corporation (LDC), which helps to secure low-interest financing for not-for-profits, allowing them to grow and provide jobs.
Legislation that revised the County Charter to help local municipal police departments to share services with Westchester County Police, saving taxpayer money and enhancing public safety.
A Westchester County sales tax exemption for solar panel installation, including parts and labor, for commercial properties.
"Complete Streets" legislation which calls for the consideration of alternate modes of transportation, including public transportation, walking and bicycling, for every infrastructure project in Westchester County.
Prior to service on the County Board of Legislators, she served two terms as the Town Supervisor of Ossining. During her tenure, in addition to providing two tax cuts to all Ossining property owners, she restored the Town to financial health in the worst economic climate since the Great Depression by reducing the budget by 18.5%, increasing the Town’s fund balance, and using innovative management practices. She improved government transparency and increased community participation in several new committees including the Citizen’s Finance Advisory Committee and the Green Ossining Committee.
Before becoming Town Supervisor, Borgia served four years on the Ossining Village Board. She worked for seven years as chief of staff to NYS Assemblywoman Sandy Galef. In addition to her legislative role, Catherine is a marketing and communications professional assisting Fortune 500 companies, non-profit corporations, small businesses and major laws firms. A long-time community volunteer, Borgia co-founded the Ossining Microfund, and serves on the Rotary Club of Ossining, the Junior League of Northern Westchester, Ossining Communities that Care, and the Teatown Advisory Board.
Borgia has an MBA from NYU-Stern School of Business and a BA from Binghamton University (SUNY). She lives in Ossining with her two teenage daughters, and one rambunctious dog.
Westchester county executive
"There’s a new day dawning in Westchester,
where we look forward instead of back; when we face our challenges head-on instead of hiding our heads in the sand; and where we lay aside politics to work together to put all our families first."– George Latimer
George Latimer, a third generation Westchester native, was born November 22, 1953 in Mt. Vernon to the late Stanley and Loretta (Miner) Latimer. After attending Mt. Vernon public schools, George earned his B.A. from Fordham University then his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner School.
Before entering public service, George spent 20 years as a private sector marketing executive for Nestle and ITT, with on-site responsibilities for projects at AT&T, IBM, Shearson Lehman and others.
A 30-year resident of Rye, George applied his private sector knowledge to public service as he was elected to the Rye City Council then the Westchester County Board of Legislators, eventually becoming the first Democratic Chairman of the Board of Legislators in Westchester history.
As Chair, George brought a bipartisan, transparent approach to the position, decreasing property taxes for all three years he was chair, while also helping pass legislation creating the Human Rights Commission, establishing Smoke Free Workplace Laws, passing the Waste Haulers Law, and establishing the first cable TV coverage of Board of Legislators meetings.
Elected in 2004 to the State Assembly and then to the State Senate in 2012, George continued to work across the aisle to deliver for Westchester, authoring over 20 laws while addressing critical issues including environmental protection, housing, transportation, healthcare, transparency in government, and lower property taxes.
He has received public recognition from numerous Westchester organizations, with awards from the Sarah Neuman Center, the Washingtonville Housing Alliance, Congregation Anshe Sholom in New Rochelle, the Port Chester/Rye Brook Chamber of Commerce, the Mamaroneck Chamber of Commerce, LMC-TV, Council of Community Services in Port Chester-Rye Town, Helping Hands, the NY State Association of School Psychologists and the New York Conference of Italian American Legislators as their “Distinguished Legislator” of 2014.
George Latimer’s sound business experience, his bipartisan problem-solving and his dedication to the County have been the driving force behind his 30-year record of public service. With Westchester’s future on the line, George is ready to use his knowledge, skills and work ethic for us as our next County Executive.