The 2008 records, obtained by The Journal News under the state Freedom of Information Law, surprised some observers.
"One would hope that in times of austerity the belt-tightening would take place not just with paid staff, but with elected officials as well," said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York, a leading government watchdog group. "They should be trying to set an example."
In all, taxpayers were billed for $20,929 in travel expenses in 2008, including for legislators to attend conferences in Arizona; Kansas City, Mo.; Niagara Falls; Albany; Washington; and elsewhere.
The records show an additional $12,089 in cell phone and Blackberry use and $7,359 in food costs, primarily for purchases at local eateries that provide meals for legislators and staff prior to board meetings and other functions.
County Government has to be scrutinized, penny by penny.
The Westchester County Board of Legislators spent more than $41,000 on cell phones, food and travel in 2008 - $11,000 more than it spent in 2007, when it set a one-year record on expenses.
The Journal News also found that Blackberries make up the board's second-largest expense, not counting their $49,500 base pay and the stipends they are paid for various board chairmanships and leadership posts.
They like their toys, at the taxpayer's expense.