Astorino lashes out about Democratic opponent's unpaid taxes

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Westchester's incumbent county executive again accused his Democratic challenger in the upcoming election of owing tens of thousands of dollars in taxes on a house in Rye Wednesday -- although a copy of the deed reviewed by News 12 does not have his name on it.

Executive Rob Astorino held a news conference in White Plains to accuse opponent George Latimer, a state senator, of refusing to pay $48,000 in taxes on an $800,000 home once owned by his mother-in-law, Alice Phelps.

"There are four liens on his property, and he simply refuses to pay," Astorino said. "What's more remarkable is the fact that Sen. Latimer fully expects to get away with it."

Latimer, who has called Astorino's claims ridiculous, said he doesn't own the house. News 12 obtained a copy of the deed and Latimer's name does not appear on it. It shows the property was signed over to a Robin Phelps Latimer in 2010.

"I don't own the house," Latimer said. "I don't have control of the house. I'm not a signatory of the house."

His wife inherited it, he said, and she is in the middle of a legal dispute over the property with relatives.

"That battle is going on between lawyers, back and forth between each other," Latimer said. "He is trying to attach me to a battle that is going on in my wife's family that I'm not directly involved in."

Astorino will face off against Latimer in the November election.

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