The Yonkers Insider Online

Westchester County Legislator, Catherine Borgia.

Posted on: April 25, 2013


Hello Friends and neighbors:

This Saturday, April 27, is National Prescription Take Back Day, and I urge you to participate and rid your homes and offices of unused or expired medications, which can present a serious threat to public health and safety, as well as the environment.

National Drug Take Back Day is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Approximately 250 drop-off sites in communities across New York State will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM to accept prescription drugs for disposal.

To locate designated drop-off sites across the state, go to

This event provides an opportunity for people to safely dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs at local community drop-off sites.

While the State of New York has taken strong steps to combat prescription drug abuse, we also need families and individuals to recognize the potential danger of keeping expired or unused medications in the home and away from children. People should closely track their prescription medications and safely dispose of any drugs that are no longer needed or have passed their expiration date.

I urge all Westchester residents to check their medicine cabinets and visit one of the many drug take back sites this Saturday to discard their unused medications and eliminate the potential dangers associated with these drugs.

If you cannot participate in this event on Saturday, please know that the New York State Department of Health (DOH) established a permanent medication drop box program through state, county and local law enforcement agencies. The program expanded options available for households to safely dispose of expired or unwanted medications. Two of these drop boxes are here in Westchester—one in Croton-on-Hudson, the other in Yorktown Heights. DOH drop box locations can be viewed here:

Thank you!

Free Financial Education Day at Westcheste​r Community College – Ma​rch 23rd.

Dear Neighbor,

In these challenging economic times, people need all the help they can get to keep their finances on track. That’s why Westchester Community College is offering area residents the chance to participate in the second annual Financial Education Day, a FREE financial conference on Saturday, March 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Gateway Center on the college’s Valhalla campus.

Hosted by the college’s Center for Financial and Economic Education and the Westchester Community College Alumni Association, the conference will offer participants the chance to attend workshops presented by some of the Hudson Valley’s leading financial experts. Partnering with the college to organize this event is the Westchester Financial Education Alliance, which includes prominent community organizations: the United Way of Westchester and Putnam, the Financial Planning Association of the Greater Hudson Valley, and GreenPath Debt Solutions. Also partners in the program are the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services and its Livable Communities initiative, and the Public Private Partnership for Aging Services.

The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration and continental breakfast, followed by the keynote address at 9:00 a.m. featuring Kiran Chetry, former host of CNN’s American Morning. The program continues from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with twenty-six hour-long workshops targeted to specific financial topics.

Workshop topics include planning for retirement, estate planning, investing basics, elder care, social security, insurance, managing credit and debt, paying for college, and starting a business.  There will also be special sessions focusing on Veterans and Service Members, Seniors in Retirement or Approaching Retirement and Financial Planning for Women.  Two seminars will be provided in Spanish; Planning & Budgeting and Debt Solutions. Private consultations will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Credit counselors and experienced professionals from the Financial Planning Association will be on hand to discuss specific questions in these individual sessions.

For registration and schedule information, go to:  and look for Financial Education Day on the calendar. To register by phone, please call 914-606-6559. For more information, please contact Suzanne Matthews at 914-606-5627.


Catherine Borgia

Westchester County Legislator

Dear Neighbor,

Currently in its 15th season and the recipient of the Westchester County 2012 Arts Organization of the Year Award, Taconic Opera will be performing the world premiere performance of the oratorio Enoch, in English, by the company’sGeneral and Artistic Director, Dan Montez.

Performances will be conducted under the baton of Dan Montez himself.

Dan Montez’s Enoch is based on the Book of Enoch, lost for almost 2000 years and recently and translated from the original Aramaic.

The work will feature the Taconic Opera chorus, professional lead singers and full orchestra. 

The company will be presenting two performances of the oratorio in two locations: Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 7:30pm at the Ossining United Methodist Church, 1 Emwilton Place/corner of Route 9, Ossining, NY; and Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 3:00pm at the White Plains Presbyterian Church, 39 North Broadway, White Plains, NY.  Tickets are $27, $20 for seniors and $15 for students and can be purchased in advance online at or by calling Taconic Opera’s toll-free number 1-855-886-7372.


Catherine Borgia

Westchester County Legislator

Women from all over Westchester County will be gathering at the Yonkers Riverfront Library on Saturday, March 2 at 8:30 a.m. to confront the issues concerning women in the County—issues including economic development, housing & homeless prevention, violence against women, health & mental health, children’s services, civil & criminal legal services, and immigration.  

Their goal is to engage women in creating a stronger, more just, and more egalitarian Westchester.  The event is sponsored by the Westchester Women’s Agenda, with financial support from Eileen Fisher and others.

Keynote speaker for the Summit will be the Rev. Noelle Damico, who serves as the Associate for Fair Food within the Presbyterian Church’s Hunger Program and coordinates the PC (USA) campaign for Fair Food. 

A sought-after speaker and educator, Reverend Damico has been a keynote speaker on human trafficking issues and writes and speaks on the church’s role in advancing a human-rights based approach to addressing modern-day slavery.   She lives in White Plains and is active in local food justice, conservation and religious organizations. 

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins will deliver welcoming remarks to the gathering.

Break-out sessions will take place in each of the proposed issue areas, at which participants will discuss specific challenges and decide on priorities for action.  The event is open to the public.  Registration is free, but participants must register to attend. 

Tickets are limited.  Attendees can register online at:

For further information on the event and/or on becoming a member of Westchester Women’s Agenda contact: Sheila Klatzky, WWA Summit Coordinator, Email:, Phone:  (914) 683-8221

Hello Friends and Neighbors:

The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) will be hosting a public information session on Wednesday, February 13 in consideration of the four proposals to revitalize Playland, the 280-acre County Park and National Historic landmark.

The Playland public information session will be held in the Little Theater at the Westchester County Center, 198 Central Avenue, White Plains.

I hope you’ll consider joining us!

The event will begin at 6:30 PM with trade show-style presentations from representatives of the four revitalization proposals—Sustainable Playland, Standard Amusements, Central Amusements and the Paidia Company—and those in attendance can visit each of the four vendor areas, look at materials and ask questions. At 7:30 PM there will be an hour-long Q & A period in which people can make comments about the proposals as well.

Although I will be moderating the proceedings, it is expected that those representing the four different proposals will be answering most of the questions.

The Board of Legislators moved forward last month with its evaluation of the top four proposals for the revitalization of Playland when the Government Operations Committee outlined goals for the decision process and began in-depth discussions with the four Playland RFP respondents regarding proposed operations, financial viability and intended modifications to the park and infrastructure.

I think this public information session will be an excellent opportunity for concerned residents and business owners to be engaged in the process of revitalizing Playland and see for themselves what each proposal offers in terms of enjoyment and economic viability.

This iconic park has created so many great memories for generations of Westchester residents, so we should ensure that Playland’s long-term future moves in the right direction. Because once the contracts are signed there will be no chance for second-guessing.

In the 2012 Adopted County Budget, Playland expenses were $12.4 million plus $3.6 million of debt service. Departmental revenue for the park was budgeted at $10.3 million. Without the debt service, the park was slated to make a $1.6 million profit.

Links to each of the Playland proposal presentation can be found on the Government Operations Committee page on the BOL website:

Coffee with Catherine.

January 17, 2013

Hello Friends and Neighbors:

Please come have a cup of coffee with me!


Come to have coffee with me and to chat about what’s going on in Westchester.

Saturday January 26, 2013

The Black Cow
 4 Old Post Road South, Croton-on-Hudson

Morning Session 1…….. 10:00am- 12:00pm

Afternoon Session 2……… 2:00pm- 4:00pm

As your county legislator representing Ossining, Briarcliff, Croton, Cortlandt and Peekskill, it is so important that I hear about the issues that matter to you.

Let’s start the year off by collaborating ways to make our communities better. I’m hosting two informal conversations with your neighbors (with coffee, of course) – Saturday January 26th, 10:00am – 12:00pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm at the Black Cow in Croton.

My staff and I are committed to making sure residents are involved in the process and that their government is working for them and their needs.

Working together, we can find solutions, create opportunities, and build stronger communities. I encourage you to share your thoughts, your concerns, and your ideas with me at any time. As the legislator representing our communities, it is my job to make sure your voice is heard at the county level.

Please feel free to contact me: 914-995-2812 (office) or Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.

I hope to see you at one of the “Coffees with Catherine.”

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