The 2018 Westchester County budget plans to cut all curator positions at county parks. Cutting these curator positions means elimination of the County’s Conservation Division which includes:
* losing the ability to run the County’s life changing ecology summer camps, Farm camps, and environmental programming which foster a close relationship with nature and personal growth for many children in our communities.
*making it extremely difficult to schedule field trips and school group visits to the parks.
*losing the ability to have free public programs and education.
*reduced staff will effectively close the Nature Centers.
*lose the nature preserves’ ability to organize and give credit for all of the many needed volunteer hours that go into maintaining and beautifying the preserves.
*Grants to enhance the preserves and centers will become impossible to implement and greatly jeopardize any new grants in the future
It is now incumbent upon the Board of Legislators to reinstate these positions.
Heres what you can do:
1. ATTEND ONE OF THE TWO REMAINING PUBLIC HEARINGS. Join with such environmental advocate groups as the Federated Conservationists of Westchester County, Inc. (Green Ossining is a member) and others scheduled for 7pm. Doors open at 6:00pm. Here are the dates/locations:
11/29 – Mount Kisco Public Library, 100 East Main Street,
Mount Kisco, New York
12/6 – BOL Chamber, 148 Martine Avenue, 8th Floor,
White Plains, NY
*Note that numbered speaker cards will be given out at 6:15pm. Only one speaker card per person shall be given out. Speakers shall be limited to three (3) minutes. Anyone may submit a written statement in advance which will be included the record.*
2. SIGN THE PETITION: https://www.change.org/p/save-the-westchester-county-curato…