Pete Harckham on the Issues Facing Westchester's Families
Water Quality Protection
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.
Former Chair, Committee on Environment & Energy and Founding Chair, Septic Subcommittee.
Steered over $20 million in EOH water quality protection funds to northeast Westchester, including $10 million for creation of Peach Lake sewer district and $10 million for state mandated phosphorus reduction.
Coauthored groundbreaking legislation to protect our water supplies by banning hydrofracking waste from Westchester wastewater treatment plants, and forbidding the use of fracking brine for deicing or dust control on our roads.
Negotiated a breakthrough pilot program with New York City DEP to test alternative septic systems in the watershed.
Successfully negotiated comprehensive septic management plan with state DEC and northern Westchester municipalities to protect water quality while saving towns hundreds of thousands of dollars in administration costs.
Successfully sponsored and passed a resolution calling for a ban on hydrofracking in the New York City watershed.
Created first countywide septic database & GIS Map.
Successfully passed groundbreaking legislation restricting phosphorus in lawn fertilizer to protect fragile watersheds.
Successfully approved $100,000 to Somers to study Shenorock Watershed wastewater problems and $85,000 for Bedford.
Successfully passed $235 million bond to protect Long Island Sound from nitrogen discharged by county sewer treatment plants.