WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From County Executives Association. (EDITED) February 14, 2007: Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano and county executives from across the State met yesterday with Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles Schumer and the New York State Congressional Delegation in Washington. The County Executives requested continued and increased Medicaid for County Nursing Homes, and more funding for electronic voting machines, according to County Executive Spano.
County Executive Andrew Spano, (Far right), with U.S. Senators Charles Schumer (Center,) and Hillary Clinton (to Mr. Schumer's left) in Washington, yesterday. Photo, New York State County Executives Association.
The county executives discussed how the federal government and New York State counties can work together to deliver more effective programs and services for the people of New York State. They focused on federal-county partnerships towards health care, job training and economic development and voting rights.
“We discussed matters of mutual concern to our counties and the constituents who live in our communities,” said Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano. “The Workforce Investment Act, for example, provides Federal funding that serves as the single largest workforce development initiative in Westchester County. It is critical for keeping jobs and businesses here in our communities.”
The county leaders asked the federal representatives to consider the following issues as they proceed with their work in Washington this year.
• Modifying the Medicaid Upper Payment Limit Cap to support the uniqueservices that County Nursing Homes provide as a safety net in our communities.
• Reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act to continue job training and economic development initiatives in New York State to keep us competitive in the global marketplace.
• Ensuring that Federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funding is provided to New York State in the event that we have to purchase new electronic machines to implement the new voting standards.
In attendance were:
County Executive Kathleen Jimino, Rensselaer County
County Executive Steve Levy, Suffolk County
County Executive Andrew Spano, Westchester County
U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer
Congressman Timothy Bishop, Suffolk County, Long Island
Congressman Steve Israel, Nassau and Suffolk counties, Long Island
Congressman Jerry Nadler, Manhattan and Brooklyn
County Executive Greg Edwards, Chautauqua County