County Executive-elect Rob Astorino had to know that Andy Spano wouldn’t make it easy for him. But it’s really up to the Democratic majority on the Board of Legislators to hash out this $1.8 billion budget proposal. They can ill afford to appear as obstructionists to Astorino, who primarily ran and won as an anti-tax candidate.
Now that his days in office are numbered, Spano can thumb his nose. Going out of his way to emphasize the elimination of the county executive security detail, for example, was a churlish gesture. If he knew it was a luxury item and out of synch with tough economic times, why didn’t he get rid of it a long time ago?
Word is that Spano has sent his body guards away and will sell the town car he enjoyed, ruining an opportunity for the new regime to ceremoniously sell the car at auction. What a a kill joy!
Here’s the full Astorino statement about the budget.
“It is disappointing that Mr. Spano’s final budget as County Executive includes a sizable tax increase. Westchester families have made it clear that they cannot take higher taxes. Mr. Spano’s budget now goes to the County Board of Legislators where additional budget reductions should be made. A five percent tax increase is unacceptable to the public. Part of the problem is the budget process itself. An outgoing County Executive should not be proposing a budget with no accountability for the result. As I said during my campaign, budgets should be submitted in October to allow full, line-by-line scrutiny prior to Election Day.”
Reaction to the budget continues to pour in.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner, a longtime proponent of abolishing county government, has come out with demand that a full inventory of county buildings be taken to see which ones can be sold off. Not a bad idea. The county owns thousands and thousands of office space.