Westchester County Legislator
Catherine has been an indispensable leader for area residents during these extraordinary times. As the Chair of the Budget and Appropriations committee for the past 3 years, she has been able to ensure that resources are allocated in a way that accurately reflects the values and priorities of the people of Westchester, including protecting the environment, improving social justice, and increasing rights and opportunities for all while decreasing property taxes.
She served as the Democratic Majority Leader for four years in previous terms. Her legislative record includes introducing and championing significant legislation and other efforts to improve the lives of Westchester residents. Some highlights include banning the use of toxic chemicals and metals in children’s products; streamlining the solar licensing process for installers; complete streets; ensuring intergenerational opportunities are considered for county-sponsored programs and services; earned paid sick leave; Safe Leave - protecting victims of Domestic Violence by assuring they can take time off from work without repercussion to go to court, meet with legal counsel, or move house to escape their abusers; Smoking 21- raising the age to purchase tobacco products and vaping products to 21; Ban the Box; the Immigrant Protection Act; prohibiting employers from inquiring about prior salary history in order to level the playing field for historically underpaid candidates; new Co-Op disclosure rules requiring timely notifications to applicants; and creation of a Veterans’ Court to ensure that veterans in the criminal justice system get access to services to which they are entitled.
In addition to her legislative work, Catherine co-chairs the Families Task Force which identifies the issues of families and children in our county and initiates collaborative solutions. After the June 2020 primary demonstrated the needs specific to a pandemic election, she and Legislator Vedat Gashi co-chaired an Election Task Force to gather information and make suggestions that greatly improved the functioning of the 2020 General Election. She was named the BOL member of the newly-codified Westchester County LGBTQ Advisory Board in November 2020. She looks forward to continuing to work for Westchester residents.