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On Monday, September 3rd, Labor Day, Bee-Line buses and ParaTransit will operate on a Sunday schedule.

For Bee-Line schedule information, log on to www.westchestergov.com/beelinebus.

Effective May 31, Bee-Line route 78 will be extended to serve the new Ridge Hill development in Yonkers.

Route 78 originates in Getty Square in downtown Yonkers and ends at Stew Leonards.

For schedule information, call the Bee-Line HOTLINE at (914) 813-7777 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

If there was any question that Westchester County government needs a complete overhaul, consider this:

The Westchester County Board of Legislators is suing Westchester County to increase spending-in the middle of a severe budget crisis-to do work that is the state’s responsibility.

Why?

Because the 4,000 member CSEA, the politically powerful public employees union, wants to stop the County from cancelling a state contract that costs the Westchester taxpayer over $1 million a year to administer. The contract at issue is to provide Section 8 low-income housing vouchers on behalf of the state.

Because the County was losing so much money on the deal, I cancelled the contract at the end of last year. The state was fine with the decision. Westchester was only one of four counties still doing this work. In fact, the state is now renting space from the County for $22,000 a month.

But the Democrats on the Board of Legislators got involved and now the taxpayers are suffering big time.

The Board voted to restore the program in the 2011 budget, even though there was no money to pay for it, since the contract was terminated on December 31. I vetoed the Board’s action and they overrode the veto.

Not surprisingly, encouraged by the action of the Board, the CSEA sued the County to have the 38 union jobs tied to the program restored to Westchester’s budget. Here’s where it gets weird.

Led by Democratic Chairman Ken Jenkins, the Board joined in the suit with the CSEA, not on the side of taxpayers, but alongside the CSEA. That was bad enough. But then the Board took things a step further: They sued to prevent me from using the County’s own attorney to represent taxpayers in the case. In fact, they tried to force the County’s attorney to represent the CSEA’s position against the County.

Is it any wonder we are the highest taxed county in America?

These types of shenanigans are not limited to Westchester County though. This is going on in state and local governments across America. Those who have a vested interest in keeping things the way they are – the union bosses and the politicians they put in office – are tossing up every conceivable obstacle to fiscal reform. And they think if they make it confusing enough, taxpayers won’t notice.

But this much remains clear:

Westchester taxpayers need relief.

That requires eliminating waste in government.

Period.

Sincerely,

Rob Astorino
Westchester County Executive

Due to flooding conditions on various roadways and heavy traffic on others, all Bee-Line buses are operating with scattered delays and are subject to detour. Routes 1C, 1W, 5, 13 and 14 are avoiding the intersection of State Route 9A and 119 in Elmsford.

Due to flooding conditions on various roadways and heavy traffic on others, all Bee-Line buses are operating with 15 – 30 minute delays and are subject to detour.

For more information, call the Bee-Line HOTLINE at (914) 813-7777

Bee-Line buses and ParaTransit are operating on a Saturday schedule today, President’s Day.

All buses are operating on or close to schedule on regular route.

 

For more information, log on to www.westchestergov.com/beelinebus.

Bee-Line buses and ParaTransit are operating on a Saturday schedule today, President’s Day.

Due to poor road conditions, routes 2, 13B and 60 are on detour.

Due to poor road conditions, Bee-Lines buses and ParaTransit are operating with system wide delays.

The following bus routes are on detour: 2, 13, 19 and 30. Due to a water main break, there is no route 61 service along Main St. in Port Chester between Westchester Ave. (Liberty Sq.) and Willett Ave.

For further information, call the Bee-Line HOTLINE at (914) 813-7777.

Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman to serve as Keynote Speaker for Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s Achievement Week Awards.

(White Plains, NY) – Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) will will be the keynote speaker at Beta Alpha Alpha Chapter (“BAA”) of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.’s Achievement Week Award program on Saturday, January 29th from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Theodore Young Community Center in Greenburgh, New York. Chairman Jenkins has worked to improve the lives of residents in Westchester County, focusing on education, fiscal issues, and economic development.

The annual Achievement Week program will honor more than 100 African American High School student scholars for their academic achievement, and celebrate the achievements and announce the winners of the Omega Man of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Golden Age Award, Business Person of the Year and the prestigious Grant Reynolds Courage Award. The theme of the program is “destined for greatness.” The program is open and free to the public.

Where: Theodore Young Community Center
32 Manhattan Avenue, White Plains, New York.

When: Saturday, January 29th starting at 12:00 p.m.

WHY: Achievement Week is a mandated program of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (“Omega”), that was originally designed in 1927 to promote the study of African American life and history. Today, Achievement Week is used to seek out and give due recognition to those individuals at the local and national level who have made a noteworthy contribution toward improving the quality of life for black Americans, and the achievement of all people regardless of ethnic differences. BAA was founded on September 18, 1978, in White Plains, New York. The chapter operates several programs in accordance with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.’s national mandated initiatives, as well as some of its own creation. These include an essay contest, a mentorship experience, and an annual local Talent Hunt program where area high school students can demonstrate their artistic capabilities. For more information, on BAA visit our website at www.omega-baa.org. For additional information on the Achievement Week program contact Melvin Burruss at 917-693-3041 or maburruss@aol.com.

Bee-Line Buses and Paratransit are operating with 15-20 minute delays.

Route 30 is traveling on the standard snow detour:

Route 32- Service is suspended.

For further information, call the Bee-Line HOTLINE at (914) 813-7777

Bee-Line Buses and Paratransit are operating with 30 minute delays

Route is traveling on the standard snow detour.

Route 32- Service is suspended.

For further information, call the Bee-Line HOTLINE at

(914) 813-7777 or log on to  www.westchestergov.com/beeline bus.

All Bee-Line bus routes will operate on a regular weekday schedule on Friday.

For schedule information, log on to www.westchestergov.com/beelinebus.

Bee-Line Buses and Paratransit are operating with approximately 15 minute delays.

The following routes are not operating today: Routes 10, 18, 31, 32, 34, 38, 39, 64, 65, 66 (trips to the Dobbs Ferry Railroad Station), 70, 71, and all Shuttles.

Route 30 is traveling on the standard snow detour.

Route 9 is not serving Vineyard St., Father Finian Sullivan Dr., Walsh Rd., Ridge St. and Lake St. in Yonkers. Instead, buses are traveling on Ashburton Ave. and Park Ave.


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