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 Peekskill. As Chair of the Board’s Budget & Appropriations Committee, she works to ensure that Westchester delivers top notch public services in a cost-effective manner.
Catherine has been a key supporter of the Board’s most progressive legislative initiatives. Over the past legislative session alone, she has been the primary sponsor, or a co-sponsor, of laws enacted to protect the due process rights of immigrants, prohibit salary history discrimination, guarantee earned sick leave to workers throughout the county, guard against discrimination in co-op housing sales, “ban the box” for formerly-incarcerated individuals returning to the workforce, raise the tobacco purchasing age from 18 to 21, and prohibit gun shows on county-owned property. In addition to being Budget & Appropriations Committee chair, Catherine serves on the Appointments, Environment, Health & Energy, Intergovernmental Services, Labor & Housing, and Legislation Committees, as well as the Board’s Voting Reform Working Group. For four years, Catherine also served as the Board’s Majority Leader. In the 2017 election cycle, Catherine chaired and coordinated the Westchester Democratic Majority Action Committee, which successfully elected a Democratic supermajority to the Board of Legislators that November.
Over her years as a County Legislator, Catherine has sponsored a number of major legislative initiatives which passed with broad bipartisan support. She backed legislation to ease the licensing process for small electrical and plumbing business to install solar energy equipment, ban fracking byproducts, create a Westchester County Local Development Corporation (LDC) to help secure low-interest financing for nonprofit organizations, revise the County Charter to facilitate service sharing between municipal and county police, exempt solar panel installation for commercial properties from sales taxes, and encourage alternative modes of transportation for every road infrastructure project built in Westchester County.
Prior to her election to the County Board of Legislators, Catherine served two terms as the Town Supervisor of Ossining, restoring the Town to financial health in the worst economic climate since the Great Depression, increasing the Town’s fund balance, and using shared services to achieve two successive property tax cuts. She served for four years on the Ossining Village Board, and for seven years was Chief of Staff to New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef. A long-time community volunteer, Catherine co-founded the Ossining Microfund, and served on the Rotary Club of Ossining, the Junior League of Northern Westchester, Ossining Communities That Care, and the Teatown Advisory Board.
She has an MBA from NYU-Stern School of Business and a BA from Binghamton University (SUNY). Catherine is the proud mom of two daughters and one rambunctious dog.
Catherine Borgia is endorsed by the Democratic Committees of Ossining, Cortlandt, and Peekskill & the Working Families Party.
Judge Michael Tawil
Westchester County Court
Judge Michael Tawil has been an Ossining Town Justice for eight years. He is widely respected in the community as a judge who balances humility and humanity with the rule of law and the need for a consequence if someone has done something truly wrong.
Judge Tawil is a former Ossining Town Councilman, a husband and father of two children in the Ossining School District.
Currently, Judge Tawil is running for Westchester County Court to continue his life in public service at the county level. He has been endorsed by the Westchester County Democratic Committee, the Westchester County Black Democrats and the Hispanic Democrats of Westchester.
Judge Michael Tawil is endorsed by the Town Of Ossining Democratic Committee.
Wayne A. Humphrey
Westchester County Family Court
Wayne A. Humphrey is an Assistant Chief Deputy County Attorney in the Westchester County Attorney’s Office where he supervises the Family Court Bureau.
As the Assistant Chief Deputy County Attorney, Mr. Humphrey’s responsibilities include supervision of the three units within the Family Court Bureau (Juvenile Delinquency Unit, Child Abuse and Neglect Unit, and the Child Support Collection Unit). The attorneys and support staff in the aforementioned units are responsible for providing legal representation, counsel and training to the Westchester County Department of Social Services (Child Protective Services) and the Westchester County Department of Probation. The attorneys assigned to the Juvenile Delinquency Unit under his supervision act as the sole prosecutors for all juvenile delinquency arrests made within Westchester County. The attorneys assigned to the Child Abuse and Neglect Unit is tasked with representing the Westchester County Department of Social Service in termination of parent right proceedings and child protective matters.
Mr. Humphrey directly supervises and manages attorneys responsible for prosecuting high profile juvenile delinquency cases and child protective cases involving child sexual/physical abuse and child fatalities. Mr. Humphrey is the project manager for the Westchester County Child Fatality Review Team (CFRT) whose mission is to investigate child fatalities and recommend measures aimed to improve child safety in order to prevent future child deaths. Mr. Humphrey is also a part of the Family Court’s Ninth Judicial District Executive Committee, Westchester Girls Justice Initiative, and the Westchester County Raise the Age Implementation Committee. Since joining the Westchester County Attorney’s Office in 1997, Mr. Humphrey has been responsible for directly prosecuting many high profile child abuse and juvenile delinquency proceedings within Westchester County.
Prior to his present employment Mr. Humphrey worked of counsel in the Office of Mays and Associates where he amassed vast experience prosecuting and defending matters within Landlord and Tenant Court, Family Court and Criminal Court in New York City.
Mr. Humphrey, who is a graduate of Pace University School of Law and York College of the City University of New York, has presented to numerous organizations including: New York State County Attorney’s Association, Westchester County’s Black Bar Association, Westchester County Youth Officers’ Association, New York State Juvenile Officers’ Association, and various Youth Bureau’s within Westchester County.