The Republicans of the Westchester County Board of legislators (BOL) were pleased to learn that Acting Supreme Court Justice, Barry Warhit has determined that Local Law 6-2012, commonly referred to as Board of Acquisition and Contracts (A & C) Reform was not properly enacted and accordingly, Judge Warhit has denied the continuation of the Temporary Restraining Order that he had granted the to the Democrat’s leadership last week.
Judge Warhit said, “Petitioner’s application for further temporary relief is denied and the Board of A & C is to resume meeting in accordance with the ordinary course of business.”
This is great news for the residents of Westchester County because it means that the County Executive and the Board of Legislators can get back to the people’s business, namely taking action on $83.5 million in pending capital projects that will create more than 700 jobs in Westchester County.
Legislator John Testa (R-Peekskill) who has a number of capital projects pending in his district, including a $2.4 million project to resurface South Division Street/Crompond Road in Peekskill said, “The Republican Legislators continue to urge our Democratic colleagues to stop wasting the time and resources of the county on court cases and get back to working with us in a bipartisan manner on real issues like moving forward on urgent capital projects and putting Westchester workers back on the job.”
Minority Whip and practicing attorney, Legislator Gordon Burrows (R-Yonkers, Bronxville) said, “For months, we have urged the Democrats to work on a bipartisan agreement to settle the issues relating to A & C reform but they continue to choose to force litigation instead. Now that the courts have confirmed that the A & C reform legislation was not properly enacted, I hope that the Democrats will realize that as lawmakers, it is incumbent upon us to solve our differences through negotiation not litigation.” Burrows went on to say, “this is the third time that BOL Chairman Ken Jenkins has challenged the administration in court and each time the Democrats have lost.”