Westchester County

Westchester County Board of Health

Westchester County Board of Health

The Westchester County Board of Health is committed to safeguarding, improving and promoting the health, well-being and quality of life of the people of Westchester.The Westchester County Board of Health is the governing policy body of the Westchester County Department of Health that operates under the provisions of the Public Health Law of the State of New York and the Westchester County Charter. Local boards of health are responsible for determining the powers and duties of the local health officer and ensuring that the public within their jurisdiction (health district), is abiding by the state sanitary code.  Additionally, a local board of health may adopt orders and regulations, not inconsistent with the provisions of the sanitary code, as it may deem necessary within its jurisdiction. Board members are appointed by the Westchester County Board of Legislators.  There are 13 members of the Board. 

Westchester County Board of Health
The 13 members of the Board of Health are nominated by the Board of Legislators. The board includes one representative from each of the six cities – new Rochelle, Mount Vernon, Peekskill, Rye, White Plains and Yonkers ;   three physician members, three at-large members and one county legislator.  Members serve 5-year unpaid terms, but the term of the Board of Legislators member does not expire.


Board of Health Members

  • Douglas G. Aspros, DVM
  • Robert H. Baker, MD
  • Edward W. Brancati
  • James Carnicelli
  • Cynthia Chazotte, MD
  • William Davis
  • Peter S. Liebert, MD
  • Anthony Maddalena
  • Mary Ellen McGurty
  • Ruth Merkatz, RN, PhD
  • R. Steven Nakashima, MSPH
  • Alfreda Williams

Board of Health Mission Statement
The Westchester County Board of Health is committed to safeguarding, improving and promoting the health, well-being and quality of life of the people of Westchester.

We identify and take steps to control health risks that arise from human behavior, communicable disease and environmental hazards.

Through the use of population-based data, research, surveillance, assessment and education, we seek sustainable improvement in health outcomes and, in that pursuit, are responsible to maintain and enforce the Sanitary Code and other state and local laws.

To be successful, we must be proactive and innovative, welcome diverse thought and expertise, promote education, exhibit leadership and retain independence, while working in collaboration with the wider Westchester community.

Board of Health Timeline
View a timeline of regulations, sanitary code amendments that were established by the BOH members through the years, starting in 1930

Board of Health Meetings
The Board of Health meets monthly to review violations of the Sanitary Code that may result in fines and/or penalties, and to discuss current public health issues with the Department of Health. The Board of Health is not in session during August. 

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