Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino accused of ignoring constituents by top-ranking Democrats

Three top-ranking Democrats are accusing Rob Astorino of failing his constituents while he works on a potential run for governor. (2/17/14)

WHITE PLAINS - Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is facing criticism from three top-ranking Democrats, who accuse him of failing his constituents while he works on a potential run for governor.

According to county legislators Peter Harckham and Ken Jenkins and County Clerk Tim Idoni, Astorino has missed more than 20 percent of his work days since winning re-election. They claim he's spent the time out of the county and sometimes out of the state, building political allies and potential campaign cash while he mulls running for governor. Harckham says Astorino should be in White Plains serving his constituents. 

In response, Astorino's spokesperson released a statement saying Astorino has lowered spending and brought thousands of new jobs to the county. His spokesperson also accused Jenkins and Harckham of "exhausting their credibility."

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Astorino says he will make a decision in the next few weeks on whether he will run for governor.

For the extended news conference with county Democrats, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612. 

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