Westchester residents taken for a free ride

Westchester County is offering residents a Columbus Day freebie on almost all Bee-Line buses.

The rides will also be offered on the day after Thanksgiving and the Saturday before Christmas to help stimulate the local economy. The Westchester-Manhattan Express is not included in the free-ride program.

The free rides have become a campaign issue in the race for county executive. Republican challenger Rob Astorino says the program is an election-year stunt by Democrat Andy Spano to get votes.

Spano has dismissed the charges of political expediency, arguing that two of the free-ride days are after the election.

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