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November 15, 2017

Dear Read Wildlife Sanctuary Member;

County Executive Astorino’s budget proposal for 2018 includes firing the Read Curator and the curators at Marshlands Conservancy, Cranberry Lake, Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge, Lason Park and Muscoot Farm.

This action would be a disaster for the parks as we know them.

I am most familiar with Read and the significant contribution our curator/naturalist/educator Michael Gambino makes.  His knowledge of the flora and fauna and how to care for the natural environment is why the Nature Center has such a wide acceptance in Westchester County.  While he personally mows, prunes, and builds, he also instructs and supervises volunteers who provide countless hours of work grooming trails, weeding, pruning, removing debris from the beaches and forest areas, and providing educational programs.  Michael seeks out and arranges for groups from schools and companies to provide volunteer services.  The same is true for all of the curators who face termination on January 1, 2018.

What can you do?  As in the past, when the County Executive proposed cutting curators our membership rose up and told the county legislators how important the parks and the curators are by telephoning, writing, emailing, signing petitions, and testifying at the budget hearings.  Each year, the Legislature heard your concern and restored all positions.

Your participation is essential.  Every call, email, petition signature counts.

PETITION:  Please complete the petition with comments if possible by clicking here:


PUBLIC HEARINGS: The following are the dates for the public hearings when citizens can testify (up to 3 minutes) or cheer on those that do testify.   Doors open at 6:00pm..Speakers sign up at 6:15pm. Session starts at 7:00pm.

November 21, 2017: Yonkers Public Library, One Larkin Plaza, Yonkers

November 29, 2017: Mt. Kisco Public Library, 100 East Main Street, Mt. Kisco

December 6, 2017: Board of Legislators Chamber, County Office Building – 8th Floor, 148 Martine Avenue, White Plains


COUNTY LEGISLATORS:  Listed below my signature is contact information for the legislators.

Thanking you in advance for your continued support of Read and County Parks.

Michael Kaufman

President, Board of Directors


Westchester County Board of Legislators Contact Info

District 1:
John G. Testa (R)
Minority Leader
Cortlandt, Peekskill, Yorktown: 914-995-2828

District 2:

Francis T. Corcoran (R)
Bedford, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, North Salem, Pound Ridge, Somers: 914-995-2810


District 3:
Margaret A. Cunzio (R)

Mount Pleasant, North Castle, Pleasantville: 914-995-2847

District 4:
Michael B. Kaplowitz (D)

New Castle, Somers, Yorktown: 914-995-2848

District 5:
Benjamin Boykin(D)

White Plains, Scarsdale, Harrison: 914-995-2827


District 6:
David B. Gelfarb (R)

Harrison, Port Chester, Rye Brook: 914-995-2834


District 7:
Catherine Parker (D)
Harrison, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Rye: 914-995-2802


District 8:
Alfreda A. Williams (D)
Elmsford, Greenburgh, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown: 914-995-2833

District 9:
Catherine Borgia (D)
Majority Leader
Briarcliff Manor, Cortlandt, Croton-on-Hudson, Ossining, Peekskill: 914-995-2812

District 10:
Sheila Marcotte (R)

Eastchester, New Rochelle, Tuckahoe:


District 11:
James Maisano (R)

Vice Chairman

New Rochelle, Pelham, Pelham Manor: 914-995-2826


District 12:
MaryJane Shimsky (D)

Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Edgemont, Hartsdale,   Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington: 914-995-2821

District 13:
Lyndon Williams (D)

Majority Whip
Mount Vernon: 914-995-2837


District 14:
David J. Tubiolo (R)

Mount Vernon, Yonkers: 914-995-2815


District 15:
Gordon A. Burrows (R)

Minority Whip
Bronxville, Yonkers: 914-995-2830


District 16:
Kenneth W. Jenkins (D)

Yonkers: 914-995-2829


District 17:
Virginia Perez (D)
Yonkers: 914-995-2846