Exec. Astorino delivers State of the County address
County Executive Rob Astorino (R-Westchester) delivered his second State of the County address tonight.
With the county facing a more than $100 million deficit, cuts are imminent, but Astorino said that Westchester is heading in the right direction. The executive did admit lots of work still needs to be done to get the economy, unemployment and business growth where they should be.
The county executive said there are few options, and that raising taxes or asking Albany and Washington for money are not among them. He also said cutting essential services is the absolute last resort.
"We start by rejecting the notion that less money has to mean less service and we replace old thinking with new actions," he said. "The path forward begins by building a new operating model for county government."
County Democrats have been at odds with Republicans over program cuts, layoffs and lawsuits. In the Democratic response, board Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) said they understand government services must be delivered in an economical way and that they have found more efficient ways to keep programs running.
Watch Exec. Astorino's entire State of the County address