More than 75 community and government leaders from across Westchester met Sunday in Port Chester with County Executive-elect George Latimer to set the tone for his transition to office in January.
Latimer, a Rye Democrat, defeated two-term incumbent Republican Rob Astorino in the Nov. 7 election.
Transition team co-chairs Ken Jenkins, a county legislator from Yonkers, and John Nonna, former Pleasantville mayor and county legislator, led "the process of restoring strong leadership and community-driven commitment to Westchester County government," according to Joseph Glazer, a spokesman for Latimer.
The diverse group assembled included elected officials, leaders of nonprofit and advocacy organizations, Indivisible activists, clergy and business experts.
“I value your input as community leaders, as thought leaders, and as citizens who are committed to working together with me to turn around the direction of this county,” Latimer said in welcoming the members of his transition team. “By coming together here, we start the process of reforming how our government should meet the needs of all the people who live in Westchester, and who look to county government to make Westchester a great place for everyone,” he added.
Latimer’s transition team created six subcommittees, which broadly encompass the role and services of Westchester’s county government. The committees include Criminal Justice and Emergency Services, Administrative Services, Economic Development, Health and Mental Health, Operational Services and Social Services and Human Rights. Each subcommittee includes a cross-section of members from throughout Westchester and will hold a public forum in December to enable interested residents to express their views on critical county services, issues and programs.
The full team will meet again, likely before the end of the year, to receive committee reports and discuss and outline a roadmap for the future, Glazer said.
Jenkins, a Yonkers Democrat defeated by state Sen. Latimer during the September primary election, is leading Latimer's transition as the next Westchester County executive.
Latimer asked Nonna to help Jenkins lead his transition.
Latimer defeated Astorino, a two-term incumbent, by 57 to 43 percent.
Latimer's campaign put out a statement announcing Jenkins' appointment to lead the transition team online here:
Latimer was a county legislator early in his political career.
Jenkins serves the county's 16th District in Yonkers and is a former chairman of the county Board of Legislators. Voter turnout was especially strong in Yonkers and Latimer's hometown of Mount Vernon in then Nov. 7 upset over Astorino,from Mount Pleasant.
Each transition team member will lead an issues group committee of up to 12 members to review the policies and issues in separate areas of county government.
Committees are empowered to go beyond their initial categories to take on new turf, Latimer said in this Daily Voice article.
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