Rockland, Westchester county executives to tackle issues together

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Westchester County Executive George Latimer had his second meeting with Rockland County Executive Ed Day on Thursday to look for ways they can try to cut costs for taxpayers.

One of their top priorities is implementing "Raise the Age," a state law Latimer helped pass last year as a state senator. It raises the age of criminal responsibility to 18 years old. The law means less juvenile offenders in adult prisons, but presents a logistical problem for Rockland, which doesn't have a juvenile justice center.

"If it turns out that we in Westchester do a capital project to provide the additional beds that are needed and Rockland County can populate those beds on a regular basis that’s a guaranteed revenue stream,” said Latimer.

Another big issue is the highly scrutinized cashless tolling system. Although a state problem, both county executives are advocating for accountability and a better system.

"I'll be very frank with you, if somebody implemented it for me under my administration, something this bad, I would fire them immediately,” said Day.

Both leaders also vowed to take a regional approach to issues like changes to the Tappan Zee Express bus service and state mandates.

Both county executives will be traveling to Albany next week for a legislative conference to meet with other county executives in the state. Both say they plan to meet regularly to discuss issues affecting both counties.

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