Dec. 23, 2010 -- County Executive Robert P. Astorino today slammed the Democratic-majority of the Board of Legislators for overriding hundreds of budget vetoes, thereby adopting a 2011 budget filled with runaway spending and speculative revenues.
"The Democrats on the board went on a spending spree this month," Astorino said, "Next month the bills will start coming in. The Democrats have decided to put the bill on the taxpayer's credit card. But make no mistake. The bill has to be paid and it can't be paid with phony revenues. This budget by the Democrats is government by gimmicks."
Astorino in November had proposed a spending plan for next year that cut the county levy by 1 percent, protected the county's most needy, continued all essential services and protected the county's three AAA bond ratings.
After the legislators adopted a 2011 operating budget that restored millions of dollars in funding, Astorino used his line-item authority last week to veto $33.5 million in spending . The board Thursday overrode most of Astorino's vetoes, restoring $32 million in spending, over the objections of the board's five Republicans in most every case.Read more
Talk of the Sound has been sounding the alarm since we first launched in 2008. Few among the New Rochelle Pep Squad have heeded the call. Now the bill is coming due and no amount of cheerleading is going to hold back the oncoming tidal wave of financial ruin. In just a few short years, the United States has gone from the benchmark, risk-free debt standard to a threatened negative outlook being issued by Moody's. A downgrade of U.S. debt will mean the end of the U.S. Dollar as a reserve currency and more broadly the end of the world as American's have come to know it in the Post-World War II Era. All debt in the United States from State to County to Local will be downgraded. Oil, no longer bought and sold in dollars, will become more expensive rippling through our economy making everything more expensive.Read more
The Maintenance Building at the New Rochelle DPW City Yard at 224 Main Street has been put on lockdown/lockout by agents of the Westchester County District Attorney. As of 1 PM, no one is allowed in or out without being questioned.
The action is part of the ongoing investigation by the DA into allegations made against DPW Fleet Manager Richard Fevang whose office is in the building -- a story first reported here on Talk of the Sound.Read more
Twenty-seven police recruits graduated today from the Westchester County Police Academy and are headed off to work at 11 law enforcement agencies in Westchester and beyond.
The new officers, who completed 20 weeks of training at the police academy in Valhalla, received their diplomas during a ceremony at the State University of New York at Purchase. Family members and friends packed the Performing Arts Center and cheered the graduates who were called forward individually to receive their diplomas.
Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino, Department of Public Safety Commissioner George N. Longworth and District Attorney Janet DiFiore addressed the graduates and wished them well in their careers.
“Stay true to your ideals and rely on the outstanding training and example you have received these past 20 weeks,” Astorino said. “The challenges ahead will be many. Greater still will be the rewards that come from doing this important work with humanity and professionalism.”
Longworth told the new officers that police work today was more demanding than ever.Read more
Veterans who want to find out more about the benefits they’re entitled to should come to the Westchester County Veterans’ Service Agency’s next registration day on Thursday, Dec. 16. A newly expanded schedule now invites veterans in to sign up for medical services twice a month.
The Dec. 16 “Veterans Registration Day” event will be held in conjunction with the James J. Peters’ VA Medical Center in the Bronx from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 16. The next event, on January 6, will include a representative from the Franklin Delano Roosevelt campus of the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System in Montrose.
Programs are held the first and third Thursday of every month at the agency's office at 112 East Post Road, 4th floor, Room 442, White Plains.
Veterans who have not yet registered can get a new identification card, sign up for medical services and arrange for a wellness exam. To take advantage of this service, veterans need to bring their DD-214 (discharge or separation papers).Read more
White Plains, NY – The Republican members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators issued a report on 2011 County Budget announcing support for the 2% property tax reduction, while citing reservations about the flawed and rushed budget process, and that they are prepared to support vetoes to the budget by the County Executive that will make it more fiscally responsible.
In the Minority Report (See Below), the Republican legislators cited detailed flaws in the budget itself and the process to approve it, and said the budget process was at odds with good and open government, when the additions and deletions to the budget for both expenditures and revenues were decided in the secrecy of closed door meetings of the Democratic caucus, with the public, press and Republican legislators shut out, as well as the Budget Director, Commissioners and County Attorney, and only shown to the Republican legislators just before votes were taken.Read more
Heh! Rob Astorino is borrowing a line from Jimmy McMillan in an Op-Ed in today's New York Post:
Long-shot gubernatorial candidate Jimmie McMillan became an overnight sensation this fall with his "rent is too damn high" chant. Here's mine. It may not be as catchy, but its truth is unimpeachable: Government spending is too damn high.
GOP LEGISLATORS BLAST DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY FOR ADDING $43 MILLION IN SPENDING TO COUNTY BUDGET WHILE PUTTING COUNTY’S AAA BOND RATING IN JEOPARDY
White Plains, New York, December 7, 2010: The Republican members on the Westchester County Board of Legislators today branded yesterday’s budget maneuvers by the Democratic legislators as fiscally irresponsible and called the addition of $43 Million in additional spending, ”a total disregard for the taxpayers of Westchester and a full retreat in the effort to downsize County government.”Read more