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During the weekly Westchester briefing, Latimer discussed:

  • Latimer was joined by former Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone
  • Latimer was also joined by Office of Economic Development Business Attraction & Retention Specialist Corazón Pineda to discuss the County’s first Job Fair of 2024 on January 18
  • Latimer was joined by newly appointed Department of Planning Commissioner Blanca Lopez, Chief Planner Susan Darling, Program Director for Community Development Leonard Gruenfeld and Director of Transportation Planning Craig Lader to discuss the Department’s efforts
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Westchester County Executive Statement on anti-Semitic Incident and Path Forward

(White Plains, NY) – In the wake of the troubling incident during Thursday night's high school girls’ basketball game between The Leffell School and Roosevelt High School Early College Studies, Westchester County Executive George Latimer has invited Section 1 leaders, coaches and players to participate in an Education Round Table. This initiative, organized in collaboration with the Westchester County Human Rights Commission and the Westchester County Youth Bureau, aims to facilitate open dialogue, promote understanding and provide education on how to engage with fellow players with respect and dignity.

Latimer said: “We believe in the power of sports to not only entertain but also to educate and inspire. By creating a dialogue, we hope to establish a platform for sharing knowledge and promoting the development of athletes both on and off the court.”

In addition, the County is organizing a training session for Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation staff working at the Westchester County Center during the Section 1 Tournament. This training is designed to ensure that all staff, patrons and players are treated with the utmost respect and dignity, fostering a positive and inclusive atmosphere.

Latimer said: “Hate speech has no place in Westchester County and will not be tolerated. High school sports are meant for enjoyment, camaraderie and good sportsmanship. The recent incident goes against the spirit of fair play and unity that these games are intended to foster. I am now calling on all members of the community to come together and condemn such behavior, emphasizing that unity is paramount, especially in challenging times.”