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Bureau of Administration (Including Code Enforcement)
The Department of Public Works provides many essential services to our residents, business community, visitors and shoppers and our institutional community in a timely, environmentally conscious and cost effective manner.

The Department of Public Works is comprised of Seven Bureaus:

DPW performs frequent maintenance inspections and repairs affecting the City's infrastructure and its quality of life.  Our award winning department has received accolades across the country in regard to the high quality of our drinking water, successful recycling and composting program, which has eliminated more than one third of garbage being hauled by Sanitation each week.  In fact, Westchester County has awarded the City of White Plains a Certificate of Achievement for having an outstanding organic yard waste and paper recycling program.

Storms and Weather Related Issues:
Weather plays an important role for the City's DPW.  Devastating storms, which have increased in intensity over the last several years, have affected just about everyone living and working in and around White Plains.  As such, DPW, working with the Federal Government, has designed a comprehensive Multi-Hazard Mitigation Program (MHMP) plan, in an effort to reduce future loss of life and property resulting from natural disasters.  Although it's impossible to to predict exactly when these type of disasters will occur, it is the responsibility of individuals, private businesses, industries, and state and local (as well as federal) governments to work together to minimize such losses.

The Commissioner of Public Works has been appointed as the chair of an advisory committee that reports to the Common Council.  The Common Council has the responsibility to formally adopt the MHMP and forward it to the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) for final approval.

We are always on call (Telephone Numbers for DPW) to make sure that living conditions are at their best.  In particular, during winter months when road conditions could become hazardous, DPW's Bureau of Highways is unparalleled in their snow removal efforts and maintaining the best road conditions possible.

The Bureau of Administration
provides administrative support and assistance to the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners, and Superintendents in responsibilities related to the following areas:
  • Contracting
  • Correspondence
  • Payrolls
  • Personnel
  • Purchasing
  • Records
  • Telephone service

This Bureau develops and coordinates the city operating budget and has the primary responsibility for issuing street opening permits and enforcement of Public Works' Sections (TITLE VII. - Public Works) of the White Plains Municipal Code relating to such areas as litter and solid waste, street and sidewalk maintenance, and protection of city trees. It is also responsible for providing technical advice and written specifications for city agencies and departments for purchasing mechanical equipment and rolling stock. This Bureau has the responsibility to institute and expand an occupational safety training and risk reduction program for the department, as well as inter-agency cross training. Administration is also responsible for enforcement of the storm water, soil, and erosion control requirements mandated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Governing Agencies
In addition to abiding by and adhering to the City's Municipal Code, the Department of Works must also stay updated and apply all rules and regulations imposed by the following agencies:

County of Westchester (813-5000)
  • Department of Environmental Facilities

New York State
  • Office of Emergency Managment
  • Energy Research and Developtment
  • Empire State Development
  • Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Environmental Facilities Corp.
  • Office of General Services
  • Geographic Information Services (GIS)
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Office of the Inspector General
  • Department of Labor
  • Power Authority
  • Thruway Authority

Federal Government
  • Bureau of Safety and Environmental Services
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Environmental Management (Energy Department)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Geological Survey
  • Housing Authority
  • Health & Human Services
  • Homeland Security
  • Housing Office (HUD)
  • Department of Labor
  • Office of Government Ethics
  • Bureau of Safety & Environment
  • Department of Transportation
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • US Department of Agriculture

Contact
Richard G. Hope
Commissioner

914-422-1206
FAX 914-422-1469