County Exec. Astorino hopes to create a 'healthy Westchester'

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (R-Westchester) gathered with seven Republican candidates for county board yesterday, endorsing the candidates and urging voters to oust the Democratic super majority in order to create what he calls "a healthy Westchester."

Since taking office in January 2010, Astorino and the Democratically controlled county board have been at odds over money issues, with his budget-related vetoes being overriden and spending cuts being criticized by the Democrats as being unncessary or harmful. Astorino has accused the board of blocking "just about every reform possible."

"Just because it comes from me, doesn't mean it should automatically be killed and that's really what's been happening," said Astorino.

Astorino has two years left in his term and the County Board's Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) has been mentioned as a possible Democratic opponent.

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