Unions angered by county budget plan

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino says the county is facing a $114 million shortfall next year.

Astorino says the deficit will have to be trimmed by making spending cuts since he will not raise taxes.

He says the only way to avoid 250 layoffs, is institute a one-week unpaid furlough for county employees, and have union workers pay for part of their health insurance.

The plan to try and close the budget gap in Westchester County is not sitting well with some union members.

Karen Pecora, of the CSEA, which represents the largest group of workers says she will only discuss benefit cuts at the bargaining table.

Astorino has to present a balanced budget proposal to the county board by Nov. 15, and they can then make changes before a final budget is passed in December.

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