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Daily Voice Leaders: Somers' Kaplowitz, Westchester County BOL Chairman

Michael Kaplowitz, Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, discusses what residents can expect from Rye Playland this summer.
Michael Kaplowitz, Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, discusses what residents can expect from Rye Playland this summer. Video Credit: Joe Jenkins
Michael Kaplowitz, Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, talks about the impact of PepsiCo's decision to leave Somers.
Michael Kaplowitz, Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, talks about the impact of PepsiCo's decision to leave Somers. Video Credit: Joe Jenkins
Michael Kaplowitz, Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, discusses why he chose to enter politics.
Michael Kaplowitz, Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, discusses why he chose to enter politics. Video Credit: Joe Jenkins
Michael Kaplowitz, Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, discusses potential changes that need to be made to make transportation more safe in Westchester County.
Michael Kaplowitz, Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, discusses potential changes that need to be made to make transportation more safe in Westchester County. Video Credit: Joe Jenkins
Michael Kaplowitz, Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, discusses the possibility of running for higher office.
Michael Kaplowitz, Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, discusses the possibility of running for higher office. Video Credit: Joe Jenkins

SOMERS, N.Y. -- Westchester County Chairman of the Board of Legislators Michael Kaplowitz is something of a political anomaly.

In a political landscape where right and left seem more divided than ever, Kaplowitz still strives to find middle ground.

Kaplowitz, who has represented Yorktown, New Castle and his hometown of Somers since 1998, has long had a reputation for reaching across the aisle.

In 2013, he played a critical role in the passage of the county budget. After being elected chairman of the board of legislators Kaplowitz delivered on a promise to make sure all 17 members of the board had leadership positions in at least one committee in the hopes it would foster bi-partisan efforts.

"The vast majority of people and opinions tend to be in the center, that's just statistically the way things work out," Kaplowitz told Daily Voice. "The moderate center, if you will. So I constantly play to that moderate center."

With plenty of divisive political issues on the horizon, Kaplowitz hopes to keep Westchester moving forward by finding that elusive middle.

Kaplowitz also discussed:

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