George Latimer sworn in as new Westchester county executive

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New Westchester County Executive George Latimer was sworn into office Monday, ending eight years of political rule under Republican Rob Astorino.

Moments after taking the oath of office, Latimer signed three executive orders into action. 

Latimer fulfilled one of his campaign promises with an initiative to remove county executives' names from all signs for county parks, highways and other county properties.

"These facilities are owned by the people of Westchester County," Latimer said.

The Rye Democrat also signed a request asking New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to perform an open fiscal review of the county's policies and procedures, which will be shared with the public.

Latimer also announced that he will form a task force to explore how county and local governments might share services with the goal of reducing property taxes. 

Further policy announcements are expected over the next two weeks as Latimer kicks off what he is calling his "Tour of Change" around the county.

Latimer's inauguration ceremony is set for Sunday, Jan. 7 at Westchester Community College. 

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