It has been an honor to serve for the past six years as the County Legislator serving Rye Brook, Port Chester and Harrison and I am pleased to announce my candidacy for reelection. I am currently the Chairman of the Labor, Parks, Planning and Housing Committee and the Vice Chair of the Litigation Committee. I also serve on the Budget and Appropriations and Litigation Committees. I am pleased that the Legislature was able to pass a budget this year which provided for no increase in the property tax levy, no layoffs of County employees, level spending for our non-profit partners and the maintenance of essential safety net and other County services. This is the 5th consecutive budget that I have voted for that provided for no property tax increase. Under the leadership of the Labor Parks Planning and Housing Committee, Playland is transitioning to a solid public private partnership with substantial investment in rides and infrastructure planned to enhance this great county asset.
I recently hosted 24 students from the Bruno M. Ponterio Ridge Street School at the Legislature for a mock legislation session, where they not only learned about the legislative process, but attended a bill signing by the County Executive which banned the sale and distribution of synthetic marijuana in Westchester. I emphasized to the students the importance of making good decisions. I have successfully battled to ensure that there will be no changes to the passenger limits at the Westchester County Airport, and defeated the proposal to change those limits two years ago. I remain steadfastly committed to ensuring that there will be no changes to the Airport, of any kind, that will weaken any restrictions on passenger numbers and air traffic, or that will weaken any environmental protections. As the Legislature’s representative to the Airport Advisory Committee, I continue to advocate on behalf of my constituents with respect to any and all issues involving the Airport. I understand the need to restrain taxes and spending, provide essential services and promote economic development in our County.
-David Gelfarb, County Legislature for District 6