JANUARY 2023 – IHRA ADOPTED IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY
County Executive George Latimer issued an Executive Order on adopting IHRA in Westchester County.
January 17, 2023
In recent meetings with leaders of the Jewish Community in Westchester County as well as at numerous community events, we have discussed the disturbing increase in acts and expressions of anti-Semitism.
It is very important to me that all County residents speak forcefully and with one voice in denouncing these acts. To that end, I am proud to share that I have signed an Executive Order that calls on all County officials, departments, staff and boards and commissions to accept the IHRA working definition of anti-Semitism and utilize this definition to prevent harassment and discrimination.
This strong statement shows that hate of any kind has no home in Westchester County. I appreciate your leadership and partnership on this important issue.
Westchester County Executive
Pictured – Board of Legislators 2021
The Council is the Jewish community’s link to our County’s elected officials, and the County government in turn uses Council resources to communicate with the Jews of Westchester. Programs include the celebration of Westchester’s Jewish History and Heritage Month (sponsored by the Westchester County Board of Legislators), the annual Westchester Legislative Breakfast (co-sponsored with UJA-Federation of New York) as well as other events with our elected officials.
You can watch the bill signing by clicking here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1upItyF7v8.
Click humanrightslaw2021 to read the bill in its entirety.
PROCLAMATION FROM ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS