Westchester County Executive George Latimer gave his first State of the County talk to the Women’s Council of Realtors Empire Westchester at the Knollwood Country Club on September 24. Addressing the many needs of a diverse county that holds cities and suburbs, a prison, an airport, and a budget of $1.8 billion, Latimer presented a compelling case for why we pay the taxes we do. “Whether or not you ride the Beeline bus, the bus is essential for employees who work at our local businesses,” he said. “Sewage treatment isn’t something you think too much about, but believe me, it’s something you want to be taken care of.”
He also assured real estate professionals that he understands the property value concerns in areas surrounding Westchester Airport and is looking into plans for maintaining control of it, and is following closely the progress of the co-op bill that would set a time limit for co-op board decisions and require written explanation for rejections. For a business that is all about location, location, location, it was great to get a local view of how the county runs and to see the impact the National Association of Realtors can have in advocating for sensible legislation.