Pete Harckham on the Issues Facing Westchester's Families
Protecting Our Families
Pete understands that the core mission of any government is to protect the safety and well-being if its
residents. As the regional government, county government is crucial to cost-effective solutions for both
supporting our local emergency responders and to protecting the people of Westchester. As a three-term
member of the Committee on Public Safety & Security, Pete has:
Successfully cosponsored legislation facilitating police mergers to save taxpayers money and to enhance public safety.
Held NYSEG & Con Ed accountable for poor storm recovery efforts and forced important reforms in their emergency planning.
Successfully sponsored an emergency generator inventory law to enhance readiness of critical public infrastructure during natural disasters like Superstorm Sandy.
Passed legislation-enabling school districts to contract with county police for school safety officers.
Successfully sponsored legislation to toughen DWI penalties in Westchester;
Successfully protected the Departments of Emergency Services, Probation and Public Safety from reckless budget cuts.
Successfully passed Social Host legislation to protect underage
teens from parties where alcohol is served.
Successfully passed restrictions on the sale of cough medicine containing DXM to minors.
Successfully sponsored emergency appropriation for mortgage foreclosure prevention saving hundreds of Westchester families from foreclosure.
Successfully appropriated $150,000 in Invest in Kids funding for Boys & Girls Club of northern Westchester for at-risk youth.
Successfully cosponsored legislation granting property tax breaks to volunteer emergency first-responders and veterans.
Changed county policy at police firing range to foster shared services and save local municipalities money.