Westchester County executive criticized for using bodyguards

County Executive Rob Astorino (R-Westchester) is being criticized for using body guards, after he slammed his predecessor Andy Spano for the same thing.

Ned McCormack, a spokesman for Astorino, insists his use of security is very limited and much less than what Spano used.

The topic came up at Monday's county budget hearing when George Longworth, the public safety commissioner, said Astorino needs more security, explaining it's because of "time constraints, parking, and security concerns." Jenkins in turn called Astorino a hypocrite, recalling the many times he complained about his predecessor using them as well.

McCormack says while he does use security, it's very limited and he doesn't have an official security detail. "On occasion, we use police officers who are on duty to escort him to public functions and that's it," he said.

In response, Jenkins said Astorino always uses the same police officers as bodyguards and is being disingenuous to his constituents.

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