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Westchester County Weighs Creating Energy Director Post

Westchester County Legislator Catherine Parker recently proposed the creation of an energy director position for the county.
Westchester County Legislator Catherine Parker recently proposed the creation of an energy director position for the county. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Westchester County Legislator Catherine Parker, D-Rye, recently introduced a bill that calls for the creation of an energy director position for the county.

The purpose behind the legislation is to have a commissioner-level person in charge of working with other county departments to incorporate technologies to reduce the county’s greenhouse gas emissions and find grant and funding opportunities for energy efficiency upgrades for infrastructure.

“Right now, we’re accomplishing piecemeal progress across the county in terms of achieving real energy efficiencies instead of developing a strategy to become a leader in this regard,” Parker said in a statement. “To stay ahead of the environmental curve and create new initiatives that will boost economic development in the county, we need someone in place with the mission to focus simply on energy-related issues for the county.”

The new legislation will soon be discussed in the county Board of Legislators Environment and Energy Committee, which Parker chairs, and the Budget and Appropriation and Legislation committees.

All Democratic caucus members of the board have signed on as co-sponsors of the bill.