County Executive Candidates Speak on Issues Impacting Nonprofits

Non Profit WestchesterForum with incumbent County Executive Robert Astorino and Challenger New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson hosted by Nonprofit Westchester. Incumbent County Executive Robert Astorino and challenger New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson outlined their positions on a wide range of issues impacting the county’s nonprofit organizations during a candidate forum held on Thursday, October 3 at Pace Law School in White Plains. More than 100 representatives of county charitable organizations, including board members, volunteers, and all levels of staff, were in attendance.

Hosted by Nonprofit Westchester (NPW), a membership organization that advocates and assists organizations in the county, the forum allowed representatives of local nonprofit organizations to pose questions to each candidate on various issues impacting the nonprofit sector, including: housing, healthcare, the environment, the economy, seniors, education, partnerships, arts and tourism and transportation.


The current government shutdown was also raised during the discussion, as it affects the services of many government funded nonprofit organizations throughout the nation.

“Today’s forum gave members of the nonprofit community each candidate’s position on critical problems that are impacting our ability to serve the people of Westchester,” said Joanna Straub, Executive Director of NPW, which represents more than 80 nonprofit organizations in the county. “The discussion certainly shed light on how each candidate plans on addressing these issues if they are elected County Executive.”

Some of the Westchester nonprofits attending during today’s forum included Housing Action Council/Homes of Westchester, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, Pace Women’s Justice Center, The Food Bank for Westchester, United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless, Westchester Library System, Westhab, WJCS, Yonkers Partners in Education, and YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester.

For more information about Nonprofit Westchester, visit or call 914-332-6679.

Nonprofit Westchester
The nonprofit sector is comprised of over 5,000 organizations in Westchester County who collectively employ nearly 100,000 people. Nonprofit Westchester (NPW) provides the nonprofit sector with a single unified voice for the role it plays in the economic vitality and sustainability of the county, focusing on sharing resources, connections, and information to strengthen Westchester in partnership with the for-profit and government sectors. Under a cooperative mission to learn, advocate and collaborate, the organization represents more than 80 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the county and works to improve public awareness and build the capacity of nonprofits for a more just and caring community. For more information, visit

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