Latimer accuses Astorino of ‘pay-for-play’ scheme

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Democratic candidate for Westchester County executive George Latimer is accusing Republican incumbent Rob Astorino of being a part of a pay-for-play scheme.

State Sen. Latimer says County Executive Astorino gave out nearly $80 million in lucrative contracts to 13 New York-based firms that contributed to his previous campaigns.

Latimer says he wants to know if some of those deals were struck in the soon-to-close County Economic Development office in Manhattan. Latimer says some of the meetings Astorino had at the satellite office at 125 Park Ave. in New York raise serious ethical questions.

Astorino brushed aside Latimer's political jab, saying his opponent needs to focus instead on paying his property taxes.

According to published reports, Latimer owes more than $40,000 in unpaid property taxes dating back to 2012 on his house in Rye.

The general election is just over a month away.  Astorino is running for his third term as county executive. This is Latimer's first run at the county's top job.

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