Pete Harckham on the Issues Facing Westchester's Families
Other Environmental Initiatives
In representing six towns in the New York City watershed and 55,000 residents who get their drinking
water from groundwater sources, Pete understands that good environmental policy is good fiscal policy.
He has fought hard to secure tens of millions of dollars in federal, state and city funding to offset the
costs to homeowners and municipalities of unfunded environmental mandates.
Pete is the former Chair of the Committee on Environment & Energy.
Passed solar inventory law requiring an audit of all county roofs be completed to determine solar suitability.
Passed law streamlining red tape in licensing process for qualified solar installers.
Successfully passed solar energy exemption on county sales tax
Sponsored and passed legislation expanding recycling in Westchester to include all plastics with recycling numbers 3 through 7.
Recertified Westchester county Agricultural District.
Successfully appropriated funding for aircraft noise monitor for Pound Ridge to monitor possible impacts of FAA airspace redesign over northern Westchester.
Successfully passed countywide anti-idling
ordinance to improve air quality.
Advancing bicycle friendly mass transit initiatives in Westchester including bike racks on buses and bicycle lockers at mass transit hubs.
Created countywide energy efficiency audits to save homeowners money and to spur green job creation in Westchester.
Successfully used federal grants to purchase electric service vehicles for Westchester County Airport.
Successfully bonded purchase of new, clean hybrid buses and diesel filter retrofits for the Bee Line bus system.