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January 2020

Commissioner Drummond Discusses 2020 Census at Council/Trustee Meeting By Stephen E. Lipken Harrison Mayor Ron Belmont welcomed the public to “the last meeting of the decade” on Thursday, December 19th, beginning with pre-meeting Parking Authority State-mandated “Whistleblower Protection” policy adopted and retaining Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Dain Rauscher as Investment Advisor for Fire District #2’s “Volunteer Firefighters Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP), ( Pension Benefits)” disseminated by David M. Rogers, RBC Senior Vice President/Financial Advisor/Senior Portfolio Manager/Portfolio Focus during the Fire Commissioners meeting. Comptroller Maureen Makenzie requested approval for invoice from Penflex, Inc. for $4500 to establish the Service Awards Program. Rogers noted that RBC works with Penflex; Comerica Bank is the Paying Agent. At the Regular Meeting, Westchester County Planning Commissioner Norma Drummond discussed importance of a complete count for the 2020 Census, mandated by the Constitution in 1790. “It is used for the distribution of $880 billion dollars to local municipalities,” Drummond stressed. “One person not counted results in a loss of $2500 each person each year; 400 people not counted represents a $1 million loss. Here in Westchester you will be living with these numbers for 10 years, regarding the Sales Tax distribution. “This will be the first time that people will responding to the 2020 Census on line. You will not be getting a paper form. A letter will be sent with a code to go on line, call on your Smart Phone or telephone the Bureau. You can request a form mailed to you. Building Managers and neighbors will be asked who lives in their building and which units are vacant. There will be no sharing with other government agencies. “The Bureau is hiring over 6200 people in Westchester and Putnam Counties (2020census.gov/jobs). One of the most undercounted groups in children under 5. College students are counted in their dorms or private housing. “Completed Census must be delivered to the President by December 31, 2020.” In other news, the Board approved Final Exception Use Permit Application by Marcus Partners for 3 Westchester LLC; accepted a $26,007 check from the Joseph Acocella, Jr. Memorial Fund for a new gazebo in Ma Riis Park; $18 million dollar bond for new Recreation Center and improvements to Winged Foot Water Storage Tank amounting to $1,668,000.