NYSAC Recognizes Westchester County Board of Legislators for Female Majority
Westchester is the only county board in the state with a majority of women members.The Westchester Board of Legislators was recognized last week by the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) for being the only county board in the state with a majority of women members. This is the first time women have held a majority of the seats on the Westchester Board.
NYSAC Executive Director Stephen Acquario presented the proclamation to Westchester Vice Chairwoman Alfreda Williams during the NYSAC Legislative Conference in Albany.
Alfreda Williams, Vice Chairwoman of the Westchester Board of Legislators, accepted the award on behalf of the county. “I am extremely pleased to see women entering the political arena in greater numbers,” Williams said. “This increase of women in elected office will mean greater understanding of humanitarian efforts and needs, especially with respect to education, childcare, health and housing, the basics of human advancement. By having women in the majority in the Westchester County Legislature, we enhance our ability to accomplish improvements in these areas."
Ben Boykin, Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators said, “Vice Chairwoman Alfreda Williams has been a trailblazer for women in elected office in Westchester County, and I was so pleased that she accepted this award on our behalf. She did an outstanding job moderating the Local Government Trailblazer's Workshop during the Legislative Conference.
"I'm appreciative to NYSAC for recognizing the Westchester County Board of Legislators as the only current county legislature in the state with a female majority. The current board is the most diverse in our county's history, including more legislators who are people of color than ever before. We're most proud of what we do for the people of Westchester, and the values that guide us, but we're also proud of who we are, and we're thankful that Westchester residents have elected such a diverse group to represent them. It is my honor and privilege to work with all the Board's seventeen members.”
NYSAC Executive Director Stephen Acquario added his support, “I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the members of the Westchester Board of Legislators. We are all better served when more women are represented in leadership positions. Diverse leadership that represents our communities is the best way to serve our constituents and meet their needs.”
The proclamation co-signed by the NYSAC President Charles H. Nesbitt and NYSAC Director Acquario reads:
Women of every race, creed, ethnic background and social status have helped build our communities, state and national government in immeasurable ways; and
In addition to countless contributions in science, mathematics, public and mental health reform, industrial labor and social reform, women right here in Seneca Falls, New York led a national movement for women's' suffrage, enshrining the right to participate in our democracy.
Yet, despite all this and many more contributions made in society, women continue to be greatly under-represented in elected office at the local, state, and federal level. Because of this, the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) Women's Leadership Council was officially launched in 2017 to provide resources for women holding county office, support female county officials, and to engage women in seeking leadership positions in their communities and within NYSAC. NYSAC supports diverse representation in elected offices, to best represent the needs of our communities.
Now Therefore, to Proclaim the contributions of Women in Government and to recognize that the Westchester County Legislature, for the first time in its long and rich history, has a female majority.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that NYSAC recognizes the women of the Westchester County Legislature for achieving this milestone in local government representation.