Astorino Delivers 2016 State of the County

Last week, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino delivered his seventh State of the County address at the Westchester County Courthouse where he reaffirmed his plan to replace “tax and spend” with “save and retain”. He stated that before he came into office, “the result was that between 2005-2010 spending increased 23 percent and taxes increased 17 percent.” He said the $1.8 billion dollar 2016 budget he is proposing is actually less than six years ago. He has reduced the county’s workforce by 15 percent, cut the county tax levy by 2 percent. Critics say that Astorino has in the past budgeted for positions that are then left vacant. In regards to the county’s continuing battle over a settlement with Housing and Urban Development to build affordable housing, Astorino pledged he would protect the county’s rights under the law. The HUD settlement was signed before Astorino entered office, and requires the county to build 750 units of affordable housing in some of Westchester’s most affluent areas. The Federal government reallocated over $20 million in grants intended for local communities due to the deadlock. Astorino also endorses handing over the county-owned Playland Amusement park to Standard Amusements with the county investing up to $33 million for renovations and Standard Amusements investing an additional $30 million. Lawmakers will vote on the Playland deal May 2nd.

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