Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino put out a press release Thursday saying he had recently sent to the Board of Legislators $27 million in capital projects. He asked for quick approval.
Capital projects have been the subject of continuing battles between the administration and board, with both sides accusing the other of holding them up and thereby damaging the local economy. The Board created a capital projects dashboard on its web site earlier this year to track the status of projects and the board has challenged the administration in court over the process for adding projects to the capital budget.
Here’s the press release with the list of projects at the end:
ASTORINO PROPOSES $27 MILLION IN COUNTY CAPITAL PROJECTS TO CREATE 240 JOBS
Calls on Board of Legislators to act promptly on projects that will put people to work, improve county roads, bridges, parks and other infrastructure including airport and sewer plants
County Executive Robert P. Astorino called on the Board of Legislators today to give quick review and approval to the more than $27 million in capital projects he has recently sent to them, which collectively will create about 240 jobs and improve county roads, bridges, parks and other infrastructure and help mitigate flooding.
“I urge the Board of Legislators to give prompt attention to these proposals,” said Astorino. “These projects are essential investments in our parks, roads, bridges, buildings and other infrastructure. Beyond that, the projects will create an estimated 240 jobs for our trade unions.”
The projects were sent to the legislature over the last month and involve design, construction and property acquisition. Those in design stages will in turn generate additional jobs in the future.
Projects include road improvements to Westchester Avenue in White Plains, the Halstead Avenue Bridge in Mamaroneck, Harney Road in Eastchester and New Rochelle, Welcher Avenue in Peekskill and Tuckahoe Road and Fort Hill Road in Yonkers.
Also included are proposals to improve the Westchester County Airport; to assess flood vulnerabilities of certain county property; and to further a new affordable housing development in Somers (which would further the county’s compliance with the 2009 housing settlement with the federal government).
So far in 2013, the Board of Legislators has approved $50,155,000 in capital projects submitted by Astorino.
Here is a full list of projects sent over the last month to the legislature, with links to the agendas that include descriptive materials :
• $1,575,000 to acquire heavy equipment for the Westchester County Airport
• $600,000 to design a new infirmary and suicide prevention area at the County Correction facility
• $515,000 to replace heavy equipment for DPW/T
Cap Projects P. 2
• $2,200,000 for infrastructure repairs at the County Complex in White Plains
• $625,000 for forcemain improvements within the North Yonkers Sewer District
• $830,000 for road improvements on Mill Road in Eastchester and New Rochelle
• $100,000 to design road improvements on the Halstead Avenue Bridge in Mamaroneck
• $800,000 for pump station rehabilitation in the Saw Mill Sewer District
• $800,000 for a study to review possible new technologies for a more environmentally sustainable and cost-effective way to handle residuals and by-products from wastewater treatment
• $635,000 for road improvements on Fort Hill Road in Yonkers
• $5,100,000 to replace engines at the Yonkers Joint Treatment Plant
• $140,000 to design road improvements on Westchester Ave. in White Plains
• $400,000 to implement a stormwater management program at the airport
• $3,623,213 to rehabilitate the taxiways at the airport
• $2,900,000 to acquire land in Somers for the purpose of 75 AFFH units
• $1,900,000 for infrastructure improvements at the Somers AFFH site
• $595,000 to replace vehicles in Public Safety
• $2,000,000 for terminal upgrades at the airport
• $160,000 to acquire heavy equipment for Public Safety
• $2,000,000 for repairs and upgrades at the Alexander Street Influent Structure
• $300,000 for infrastructure improvements on the North and South County Trailways
• $80,000 to design road improvements on Harney Road in Eastchester
• $70,000 to design road improvements on Welcher Avenue in Peekskill
• $50,000 to design road improvements on Tuckahoe Road in Yonkers.