Astorino warns workers: Make concessions or face layoffs
With Westchester County's finances on the brink of crisis, County Executive Rob Astorino (R-Westchester) is warning county workers to make some concessions or be faced with pink slips. The county faces an estimated $114 million budget shortfall for next year, although spending cuts are projected to bring that gap down to about $23 million.
Astorino says tax increases for residents are off the table. He says the best way to close the gap and avoid hundreds of layoffs is to implement a one-week unpaid furlough for county employees and have union workers pay for part of their health insurance. County Board Democrats have questioned Astorino's math. They claim his projections were wrong last year and say they're responsible for reducing taxes while maintaining essential services.Astorino has until Nov. 15 to present a balanced budget proposal to the board.County Exec. Astorino hopes to create a 'healthy Westchester'Exec. Astorino blames Democrats for high property taxesCensus: Westchester County named highest in property taxes