Latimer slams Astorino on first day of race

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EASTCHESTER -

The race for Westchester County executive is already heating up, just one day after primaries.

Fresh off his big Democratic primary win Tuesday night, state Sen. George Latimer kicked off his race for county executive by immediately slamming the fiscal policies of incumbent opponent Republican Rob Astorino.

He says Astorino's claim that he's held the line on county taxes since he took office in 2010 is false.

"Compare 2011 to 2017. Don't take anybody's word for it…look at it yourself. If you are paying more in the aggregate in county, sewer and refuse, then you've been robbed," says Latimer.

The Astorino campaign fired back at Latimer with a statement that reads in part, "County Executive Rob Astorino has never once raised the county tax levy -- for seven, going on eight years now. Indeed, he cut the tax levy 2 percent, and the county tax levy is less today than it was in 2010 when Mr. Astorino was elected, thanks to his strong fiscal discipline."

Latimer says he will retain his job as a state senator while running for Westchester county executive.

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