Federated Conservationists of 

Westchester County, Inc.

 

 Cordially Invite You to Our 

2018 Fall Benefit -

Twilight on the Hudson

OCTOBER 3, 2018     5PM TO 8PM

 

At a beautiful estate in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

Cocktails * Hors D'oeuvres * Silent Auction * Music

Honoring:

 

Tracy Brown

Director, Save the Sound

 

Stephen F. Byrns

President, Untermyer Gardens Conservancy


Peter McCartt

Director of Energy Conservation & Sustainability, 

Westchester County;

Chair, Eastchester Environmental Committee (EEC)

 

David Yarnold

President & CEO, National Audubon Society

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QUESTIONS?

CONTACT FCWC - 914.422.4053 * FCWC@FCWC.ORG

Follow Up from CE George Latimer

Follow up from CE George Latimer

In May, we had a conversation with County Executive George Latimer and several local organizations about environmental issues in Westchester County.

Here is the latest update from the County Executive about his action plan for the Westchester County Airport:

County Executive asserts immediate action items:

 

In response to the public dialogue over the past month on the County Airport, I am asking we immediately implement the following actions:​

  • Full resumption of water quality testing. 

The prior water quality testing efforts should be resumed, with reports available for review by Airport management, County officials, Airport Advisory Board members, the press and public. As we analyze the results of the testing, please advise me of problems that need to be addressed, so we can decide on immediate action to correct whatever pollution may be found.

  • Establishment of an Air Quality Monitoring System.

We should implement, as soon as possible, an air quality monitoring system with devices to detect air quality placed in those locations deemed important. We can look at other airports, and the environmental community, for best practices, so that as with water quality, we are fully aware of levels of air pollutants that may exist.

  • Assessment and overhaul of noise monitoring system.

We have heard testimony that the current system of monitoring devices may be antiquated, and improperly placed to accurately register incidents of noise. That system should be reviewed and upgraded with new equipment. In addition, I would like to see us register peak noise incidents, and frequency of peak noise incidents, rather than just averages of noise, to better portray the level of offensive noise being experienced by residents.

 

  •  Overhaul of noise complaint system. 

 

Please ensure that a full review of our system for receiving, tracking and responding to noise complaints is completed, and all needed changes are made. Since this is an internal function, I'd like to see us ready with a revised program by November 1st - 120 days from today - that includes the suggestions from the many individuals who use the existing system and find it insufficient.

Separately, County Attorney John Nonna has outlined a plan to deal with the PFOA pollution from the Airport, and we should ensure that we are executing all aspects of the effort to remediate the pollution that exists, and monitor any additional sightings of those pollutants.

There are many other changes to be made at the Airport, but these five areas are wholly within our control and funds are available in Airport operations to ensure their completion. They would show a tangible willingness by our new County Administration to improve the current situation as it affects residents. This is not intended to be a complete response to the concerns raised - just Phase One of the necessary changes.

Many thanks.

George Latimer

Westchester County Executive 

For those of you who came:

Thank you for joining us on

OCTOBER 3, 2018     

5PM TO 8PM

 

At a beautiful estate in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

Cocktails * Hors D'oeuvres * Silent Auction * Music

  

Where We Honored

 

Tracy Brown

Director, Save the Sound

 

Stephen F. Byrns

President, Untermyer Gardens Conservancy


Peter McCartt

Director of Energy Conservation & Sustainability, 

Westchester County;

Chair, Eastchester Environmental Committee (EEC)

 

David Yarnold

President & CEO, National Audubon Society

Dear Friends of FCWC,

 

We were so delighted that you were with us to share a spectacularly beautiful Twilight on the Hudson as we honored Tracy, Stephen, David and Peter for their outstanding work as environmental leaders!

Our gracious hosts, made the evening possible by opening their lovely home and property to us all - our deep gratitude goes to Christine and Charles!

 

Our thanks also to our sponsors and donors: Westchester Parks Foundation, Sprague Energy, Vaccaro Wine & Spirits, Yonkers Brewing Company, Greyston Bakery, and all the donors of our auction items!

Most of all, thanks to each of you for supporting the work we do to educate, advocate and unite voices all over Westchester to protect our environment and fight climate change. Please stay tuned to our website and be involved with us as we work with all of our members and the County and municipalities on the pressing issues we face:

  •  "Right sizing" our county airport operations and activities to protect our water, air, and the quality of life in our county.

  • Reaching out to involve all parts of our county in resolving the problem of single use plastic bags

  • Bringing together the many powerful groups and individuals working for an end to food waste and a means of reclaiming the value of food scraps in our county

  • And watch for information on the ground-breaking symposium we are organizing in partnership with Pace, Save the Sound, and Turf Associates: Westchester's Water: Exploring the Challenge & Opportunity for Innovative Solutions. -Save the date of Jan. 17, 2019 for this unprecedented and far reaching symposium!

These are just some of the issues on which we hope you will stay engaged with us!

 

As Peter remarked in accepting his Green Seal Award: "There is a LOT going on in Westchester County, and we can all be a part of it!"

With our deep appreciation and looking forward to seeing you again soon,

 

Chuck Lesnick

 

President, Federated Conservationists of Westchester County

78 North Broadway, E-House

White Plains, NY 10603

 

T: (914) 422-4053 | E: fcwc@fcwc.org

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