Pete Harckham

Progressive Legislative Record of Accomplishment

Westchester County Board of Legislators 2008 – 2015

Democratic Majority Leader 2010 – 2013

Prior Endorsements: Democrat, Working Families,
AFL – CIO Central Labor Body Westchester Putnam,
Sierra Club, NYSLCV, WCLA

 

Housing, Labor & Human Rights Record

  • Former housing advocate prior to BOL
  • Voted for Federal Housing Settlement
  • Funded over 800 units of affordable housing
  • Created eviction & foreclosure prevention programs
  • Created a revolving loan fund to renovate abandoned properties
  • Successfully expanded charge of Human Rights Commission to enforce Fair Housing Law
  • Successfully sponsored “Source of Income” legislation
  • Sponsored Co op/Condo disclosure legislation
  • Led the fight for Childcare cuts restorations
  • Fought for restoration of cuts to neighborhood health centers
  • Passed Displaced Workers legislation
  • Fought to save CSEA jobs, reduce through incentives not layoffs
  • Supported Marriage Equality

Environmental Record

  • Successfully co sponsored legislation that will ban the waste from hydrofracking from being treated in any wastewater treatment facility in Westchester, and to prevent fracking brine from being used for dust control or deicing on any road in Westchester
  • Successfully negotiated with NYC DEP for a pilot of enhanced treatment units (ETU’s) in a centralized way as a cost effective way for municipalities to treat wastewater
  • Successfully secured more than $30 million in grants for water quality protection efforts in Northern Westchester
  • Successfully negotiated groundbreaking multi party (DEC, DEP, Westchester County Department of Health, watershed municipalities) local law to comply with enhanced MS4 septic inspection regulations while saving municipalities hundreds of thousands of dollars
  • Successfully negotiated implementation of food waste digester pilot program with the Department of Environmental Facilities
  • Sponsored Legislation to ban BPA in children’s toys & cups
  • Sponsored Legislation to ban plastic bags
  • Successfully sponsored solar inventory law, that, for the first time required the Department of Public works to conduct a survey of all county buildings for the suitability of solar systems.
  • Successfully passed a law exempting solar components from County sales tax, as well as streamlined licensing for qualified professionals
  • Successfully sponsored legislation requiring expanded plastics recycling in Westchester to include plastics 3 – 7
  • (Prior to State ban) Successfully negotiated passage of a resolution opposing hydrofracking in the New York City watershed and called for a moratorium on hydrofracking in New York until the EPA and DEC conducted further study
  • Successfully cosponsored recertification of the Westchester County Agricultural District to preserve open space, as well as passed bonding to pay for the completion of more sections of Riverwalk and the North County Trailway
  • Successfully passed legislation to require Westchester County to purchase only hybrid or high mileage vehicles
  • Successfully led the fight to restore important environmental programs back into the 2011 – 2013 County budgets including Cornell Cooperative Extension, Hilltop Hanover Farm, all of the County nature centers and preventing the elimination of several key environmental positions
  • Successfully passed groundbreaking legislation restricting the sale of phosphorous in lawn fertilizer (one year before NY State passed its bill)
  • Successfully passed $235 Million in bonds to retrofit County sewage treatment plants to remove nitrogen from the Long Island Sound.
  • Steered millions of dollars in ARA and Energy Department grants to climate change protection projects such as implementing the County’s green house gas inventory, home energy audits, and multiple energy efficiency projects for county buildings including solar panels and centralized energy and climate controls
  • Successfully passed the County’s anti-idling law
  • Steered federal money to purchase electric vehicles for Westchester County airport, as well as hybrid busses and particulate filters for older busses for the Bee Line bus system

Record in the Cuomo Administration 2015 – 2018

  • While overseeing $4.3M in CDBG funding for Westchester County, awarded funding for affordable housing, energy efficiency and municipal complete streets for safer mobility for the disabled
  • While serving as the Director of Intergovernmental affairs, awarded grants to municipalities and non profits for Riverwalk, Old Croton Aqueduct, and pedestrian and cyclist safety & mobility on Route 9 (five town corridor) and Route 9 (Tarrytown to White Plains)
  • Served on Project team with Department of Transportation to develop new bus rapid transit system, Lower Hudson Transit Link (LHTL), connecting Rockland and Westchester counties
  • Worked extensively on connectivity issues reading the new bridge’s 12 foot wide shared use path (SUP) with municipalities, the cycling community and other impacted stakeholders.
  • Paid Family Leave Campaign
  • $15 Minimum Wage Campaign
  • To read the full article, and watch video of my interview with the reporter, click here. District 40 is one of the few battleground districts in the state that could determine which party controls the Senate. Every legislator is up for election in November and a gain of even one seat for Democrats can topple a slim Republican majority. Harckham said his experience in government and as a lawmaker gives him the edge, but that he and Kesten’s message is the … read more

  • To read the full interview with Jim Martorano, click here. Q: You came into this race a little late, while fellow Democrat, Robert Kesten, was already months into his campaign. Can you enlighten us as to why you are running? Jumping into this race was not a foreign concept to me. The party had asked me to get into this race twice before (years ago) but it just wasn’t a good time in my life. This time, it felt like … read more