Dear Neighbors and Friends,
Last Thursday night, the Board of Legislators held the first of three opportunities for the public to engage in the 2024 budget process
at a public input session at the Warner Library in Tarrytown. The event went from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., with close to 60 speakers
representing organizations that rely on funding from the County to implement their programs.
Three areas of advocacy and programming were consistently represented across the organizations in attendance,
including child/family advocacy, protection against homelessness, and the arts.
Among those in attendance were Childcare Council of Westchester and the Westchester Children’s Association,
focused on child/family advocacy and childcare subsidies. Mount Vernon United Tenants and the Legal Aid Society,
advocacy organizations to assist tenants in eviction protection to avoid homelessness, were also present, as well as
youth-centric organizations Safe Haven Mount Vernon and the Youth Bureau. In addition, ArtsWestchester joined,
along with individual arts and culture organizations like Bethany Arts Community and Songcatchers of New Rochelle,
the latter of which provides affordable access to music lessons for children and families.
The session was live-streamed on Facebook, as will be the next two sessions.
To view Thursday night’s video, go to https://www.facebook.com/westchesterlegislators/
The second Public Input session is tonight, November 20, at 7:00 p.m. at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center,
480 North Bedford Rd. in Chappaqua, followed by the Public Budget Hearing on December 6 at 7 p.m.
in the Board Chamber, 148 Martine Avenue, 8th Floor, White Plains. We invite you to attend in person or watch live on Facebook.