George Latimer, Vanessa Gibson and Kenneth Jenkins

County Executive George Latimer and Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson joined forces yesterday at Latimer’s Weekly Westchester Update on a partnership aimed at strengthening regional collaboration between Westchester County and the Bronx. Through their cooperative efforts, the two leaders seek to address critical regional issues and underscore the importance of working together for the betterment of their constituents.

Latimer said: “There are a myriad of fundamental issues that affect the daily lives of our residents. By working together, we can create a more efficient and collaborative approach that benefits everyone in our region.”

Gibson said: “Our communities thrive when we invest in economic development that provides opportunities for our residents. Together with County Executive Latimer, we are working towards a future where everyone in 'The Bronx and the 'Burbs' can benefit from our region's prosperity.”

Transportation improvements, like Penn Station Access, are at the forefront of their shared vision – linked by the County’s Bee-Line Bus System and New York City’s MTA System. Latimer and Gibson are committed to enhancing public transit options and road networks to reduce commutes and alleviate traffic congestion. This initiative aims to benefit residents on both sides of the County line.

Economic development is another key focus of their collaboration. Both leaders emphasize the need to attract new businesses, support existing enterprises and create a thriving regional economy that benefits all residents. Their goal is to foster job opportunities and economic growth that transcends geographic boundaries.

Recognizing the urgency of addressing climate change and sustainability, both leaders are prioritizing environmental initiatives. They are discussing plans for green initiatives that promote sustainability and reduce the environmental impact of their communities.

The leaders also celebrate the rich cultural diversity of Westchester County and the Bronx. Latimer and Gibson highlight the vibrant traditions, heritage and arts that enrich their communities. Each leader has made clear their commitment to preserving and sharing these cultural treasures.

The joint efforts of Latimer and Gibson serve as an example of how leaders can collaborate across geographic lines to improve the lives of their constituents. Their dedication to building a stronger, more prosperous region embodies the spirit of cooperation needed to address challenges and seize opportunities in "The Bronx and the 'Burbs."