Lawmakers pass Westchester County budget

Lawmakers tonight approved the long-disputed Westchester County 2011 budget 16-1.

The $1.79 billion budget includes a 2-percent tax reduction and will restore critical services in the county. It also reduces the county workforce by 10 percent.

Hundreds had turned out for a final public hearing on the budget last night, with union members and advocates warning drastic cuts will be painful and urging smaller government.

County Executive Rob Astorino is expected to veto some of the items that the Democrats added next week, including an additional 1-percent property tax cut.

Democrats, GOP squabble over upcoming WC budget voteWC Democrats propose solution to budget cutsAstorino takes budget plan on the road to gain support

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