Westchester County legislators hold first meeting with new leadership

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The Westchester County Board of Legislators held their first meeting Monday night with a new chairperson and vice chair.

After eight years of a Democratic majority but a Republican county executive, Ben Boykin was elected as chairperson. 

"I am very pleased to have as many legislators vote for me as possible, it makes a real statement," Boykin says.

The Democrats now hold a 12-5 supermajority, giving them the power to even override new Westchester County Executive George Latimer, who's also a Democrat.

On Monday night's agenda was electing another Democrat, Alfreda Williams to the vice chair position, effectively ending bipartisan leadership on the board of legislators.

"Happily and luckily we do have a 12-person Democratic majority, which is a good thing. As Democrats we share a progressive and pragmatic point of view that makes it easier for us," Williams says.

Boykin and Williams will serve as chairperson and vice chair, respectively, for a two-year term.

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