Latimer: Westchester thriving despite previous administrationPosted: Updated:
Westchester County Executive George Latimer said in his debut State of the County address Monday that while Westchester is thriving, the previous administration left it in a difficult financial position.
"As our county's budget team is preparing the review of the first fiscal quarter, it is clear that issues once deemed resolved for the 2017 and 2018 budgets were not," Latimer said. "Expenses stemming from recently approved contracts making sure the hard-working correction officers in our jails are fairly compensated and much-needed upgrades to our information technology systems were underfunded in prior years, and now it is up to my administration to find a way to amend previous budgets to fix this mess."
Latimer is currently awaiting a full state comptroller's audit of the county's finances.
The executive also discussed topics that included Westchester County Airport.
"With the airport, we are reviewing this critical county asset and we will not rush, but we will do what is best for the people keeping in mind the sensitive environmental and noise issues," he said. "County Legislator Nancy Barr has raised a number of concerns and we are going to look into them – as we should."
Latimer said there will be a report coming soon on Rye Playland and that his team is reviewing the current deal.
John Testa, a Republican county legislator and the minority leader, called the roughly 30-minute speech safe.
"I was hoping for more meat and potatoes on how the budget was going to be addressed," he said.
Latimer will present his first county budget in December. He said he'll be looking to consolidate services and find creative solutions to spending tax dollars.