Ali RosenFeb 10, 2018, 12:40 amFeb 12, 2018, 5:49 pm

Westchester State of the County Address returns to Legislative Chambers

Event scheduled for April will be held at its original location for the first time since 2012


WHITE PLAINS — Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced Friday that he's bringing the State of the County speech back to its original location in the Legislative Chambers at the Westchester County Office Building. He says it’s part of an effort to unify the county.

Chairman of the Board of Legislators Ben Boykin said he is honored to hold the event inside his chambers for the first time since 2012.

“The prior county executive has taken it to a different venue. But I've always believed during my tenure, when I was in this house for 13 years, that this is an opportunity for the executive branch to share the vision of the county to the legislative branch. Two separate and co-equal branches of government that each have policy of power to be able to decide what direction goes the county,” Latimer said.

While seating will be limited compared to the other location, Latimer says if his predecessors can do it, so can he.

“These are the confines that Andy Spano dealt with, that Andrew O’Rourke dealt with, that Ed Michaelian and Alec Bello dealt with, and I'm very comfortable that the legislators are here," Latimer said.

Although his State of the County is several weeks away, Executive Latimer revealed some of the details that may be expected to be heard. “Some of the major deals either that have been made or not made over the last few years: The airport, Playland, where we stand with union contracts,” Latimer said.

In an effort to lay out where the county is headed, Latimer also plans to discuss the current financial situation after receiving a report from the state’s comptroller.

The State of the County Address is scheduled for Monday, April 16 at 7 p.m.

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