Wednesday, February 14, 2018




Two former county legislators mourned



MID-HUDSON – Former county legislators in Rockland and Westchester counties are being mourned today.

Lois Bronz, a former chairwoman of the Board of Legislators in Westchester, passed away Tuesday at age 90 and Francis Mascola, who served on the first Rockland County Legislature, died on Saturday at age 95.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer served on the board of legislators with Bronz. “I saw first-hand just what kind of impact Lois had on Westchester.” He noted his time with her on the legislature “resulted in meaningful legislation that changed the course of the county for the better, most notably the creation of the Westchester County Human Rights Commission.”

He called her “a trailblazer,” having been elected as the first and only woman, and the first African-American chair of the board of legislators.

“Always a fierce advocate for children and families, Lois’ work continued, in name, deeds, and in spirit,” said current board Vice Chairwoman Alfreda Williams.

“Frank Mascola served Rockland County with devotion and dedication,” said current Legislature Chairman Toney Earl. “He was there at the very beginning, and helped steer the county forward during a period that saw tremendous growth in housing and commerce, and, along with his other colleagues at the time, helped the county address the many challenges that those changes brought.”

During his tenure as chairman, the legislature oversaw the building of the Hi Tor Animal Care Center and voted to construct the county health complex in Ramapo.


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