WHITE PLAINS - Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (R) delivered his fifth State of the County address at the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains Thursday night.
Astorino, keeping in line with his campaign pledge, promised to not raise property taxes. Astorino also called the county's battle with the Department of Housing and Urban Development over affordable housing one of Westchester's biggest challenges. Astorino proposed starting the county's own block grant program to help communities affected, removing what Astorino calls HUD's "stranglehold."
Regarding Playland, Astorino vowed to work hard to keep the park financially viable. Nonprofit Sustainable Playland just recommitted to the project.
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Astorino addressed his decision to run for governor of New York and cited his work cutting spending and taxes in Westchester as plans he has for the state as a whole. Despite being a gubernatorial candidate, he kept his speech almost entirely devoted to Westchester.
The Democrats' response was given by County Board Chairman Michael Kaplowitz. Kaplowitz and other Democrats in the Westchester County Legislature have accused Astorino of abandoning Westchester to run for governor. Astorino defended himself, saying he remains committed to his job as county executive.