Westchester County Airport Public Forum to be held Tuesday, Sept 26

Tue, Sep 26, 2017 • Westchester Airport

Westchester County Airport Public Forum to be held Tuesday, Sept 26th at 7:00PM at Ethical Culture Society of Westchester

WHO: Hosted by Citizens for a Responsible County Airport, Grassroots Environmental Education, Federated Conservationists of Westchester County, Purchase Environmental Protective Association (PEPA), Westchester for Change, and Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group

WHEN: Tuesday, September 26th, 2017, starting at 7:00 PM

WHERE: Ethical Culture Society of Westchester, 7 Saxon Wood Road, White Plains, NY 10605

WHY: Two proposals to bring drastic changes to the Westchester County Airport are now being considered: privatization, in the form of a long term lease of the entire airport, and the airport master plan, which calls for major construction and expansions. To date, there have been no public meetings held by the County about privatization. Only one publicized public meeting about the airport master plan has been offered.  Many residents feel as though they have been shut out of an opportunity to publicly comment on the proposals. The County Executive has been promoting his privatization plan to the public without accepting or considering public feedback. Residents have grown concerned about the minimization of potential impacts on the environment and on the community, as well as the withholding of airport funds from being used for improvements at the airport.

WHAT: Six groups are hosting the forum to educate the public about the major changes and expansions proposed for the Westchester County Airport. Frasca, the county consultants in charge of privatization, will introduce the privatization process. There will be a panel presentation by: Westchester County Legislator Catherine Parker of District 7, Carolyn Cunningham of Federated Conservationists of Westchester County, Marty Rogowsky of PEPA and former County Legislator for District 6, and Jonathan Wang of Citizens for a Responsible County Airport. Ellen Weininger of Grassroots Environmental Education, will moderate the panel. Following the panel, there will be an extensive question and answer period.

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