Astorino talks taxes in State of County address

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino delivered his first State of the County address last night, putting emphasis on high taxes and the county's dire financial situation.

Astorino warned that Westchester, which faces a $166 million deficit, will go bankrupt unless swift and decisive steps are taken in the coming months.

Unless county workers agree to help pay for their medical insurance, Astorino says he'll face the choice of laying off 1,600 people or raising taxes by 40 percent - a move he vowed to avoid.

However, Kwabena Manu, of the CSEA, says the county shouldn't expect to balance the budget on the backs of the workers.

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