WHITE PLAINS - Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (R) delivered his fifth State of the County address at the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains on Thursday.
For the fifth year, Astorino 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.
The Democrats' response was given by County Board Chairman Michael Kaplowitz.