Astorino delivers Westchester State of the County address

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino delivered his eighth State of the County address Thursday night.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino delivered his eighth State of the County address Thursday night. (4/20/17)

WHITE PLAINS - Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino delivered his eighth State of the County address Thursday night.

From the county courthouse in White Plains, Astorino vowed to not raise taxes for the eighth-consecutive year.

He also unveiled a new initiative to combat heroin addiction called Project WORTHY, which will teach how to spot the warning signs of opioid abuse, understand the mental health causes of addiction -- such as depression, anxiety or pain management -- and develop response strategies to have to preempt addiction.

The Republican county executive is also urging Westchester's Board of Legislators to file a lawsuit against the state for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to shut down the Indian Point nuclear power plant. Astorino says it's not about whether the plant should close, but rather about its impact on Buchanan, where it's located, and the surrounding residents.

Other topics on the agenda included the ongoing efforts to bring in Standard Amusements to manage Rye Playland, as well as the $1.2 billion plan to bring a biotech center to Valhalla.

There are also plans in the works to privatize Westchester County Airport.

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