Posted by Chelsea Kadish on Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
Senator Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce that her bill, S. 5713, which provides for the licensing of electrical inspectors by the county of Westchester, was recently signed into law by Governor Paterson.
On August 30, 2010, Governor David Paterson signed into law the State Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act. This groundbreaking new law will fundamentally change the way that state agencies fund public infrastructure projects by requiring the use of smart growth principles to combat sprawl and promote environmentally sound development. Passage of the law was a top legislative priority of environmental groups throughout the state.
Leading environmental advocates, elected officials and community groups joined together to celebrate enactment of the Smart Growth Infrastructure Policy Act (S.5560B/A.8011B). On August 30, 2010, Governor Paterson signed this important legislation into law, which establishes state smart growth infrastructure criteria and requires state agencies to review and consider these guidelines when allocating funds for public infrastructure projects.
The law requires the relevant state agencies to form smart growth advisory committees that will consult with residents, environmental groups, local officials and other stakeholders before approving state construction projects.
The American Institute of Architects New York State (AIANYS) has named Senator Suzi Oppenheimer as its “2010 Legislator of the Year”. The award recognizes outstanding contributions in advancing the legislative priorities of AIANYS. Senator Oppenheimer is receiving the award for her sponsorship of the Smart Growth Initiative, which was recently signed into law.
The Federal Emergency Management Center (FEMA) has opened a multipurpose recovery center for individuals and businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy at the Westchester County Center in White Plains. The Center will operate from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, seven days a week until further notice.
FEMA representatives will assist individuals, households and businesses apply for financial aid for losses and damages related to the storm. In addition, staff from the Small Buiness Administration will be on hand to help businesses apply for low-interest loans for storm-related repairs. In addition, representatives from Con Edison will be present to answer customer questions about outages and restorations. A number of social service agencies will also help staff the center, providing residents with counseling and other recovery assistance.