New Yorkers for Growth endorses 8 for WC board

The group New Yorkers for Growth today endorsed eight GOP candidates for the Westchester County Board of Legislators.

Former Larchmont Mayor Liz Feld (R), who leads New Yorkers for Growth, contends the Democrats' 12-vote supermajority on the board has undermined efforts by County Executive Rob Astorino (R-Westchester) and that voters want cooperation, not conflict.

"They are tired of the partisan infighting and the block-voting that's gone on at the County Board level," she says.

This summer, rating agency Moody's lowered Westchester's Aaa bond rating outlook to negative. Feld blames the Democrats, saying the downgrade could have been avoided if the board had followed Astorino's formula for the 2011 budget.

Peter Harckham, the Democratic majority leader, says Republicans are glossing over the fact that Democrats went further than Astorino is reducing the tax burden on county residents this year.

"We cut taxes twice what the county executive proposed, cut spending by $30 million and reduced the size of the county workforce by 10 percent. That's real fiscal reform," he says.

To watch extended footage of the endorsements made by New Yorkers for Growth, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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