FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  - April 24, 2015
Republicans Proud of County Executive Holding the Line On Taxes and Spending, Praise Fatherhood Initiative and NYC Economic Development Office
Republicans on the Westchester County Board of Legislators were today speaking highly of County Executive Rob Astorino’s State of The County Address, most especially his continuing to hold the line on county taxes, keeping spending in check as well as fostering responsible parenting and promoting business in Westchester.
Said Minority Leader John Testa (R-Peekskill), “Rob has been consistent in his mission to ease the burden on Westchester taxpayers. Many can relate to his line about not being broke, but not having a penny to spare. That really does apply to the county as well as so many of her residents. With all the unfunded mandates coming down from Albany, can you imagine where we’d be without the leadership of this County Executive?”
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GOP Legislators anxiously await County Executive Astorino's Address. L-R: David Gelfarb, Michael Smith, Sheila Marcotte, Minority Whip Gordon Burrows, Minority Leader John Testa.
Vice Chair of the Board Republican Jim Maisano of New Rochelle said, "Rob did an excellent job articulating the challenges facing our county, and explaining that we must address them in the most fiscally responsible manner possible.”
Astorino discussed his Fatherhood Initiative where more than 400 men gathered at the

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Minority Leader Testa with former NY Knick and General Manager of the Westchester Knick D-League team Allan Houston.
Westchester County Center for a day of seminars and fellowship with the help of service organizations and faith-based groups. The day was spearheaded by Astorino and his Department of Social Services headed up by Commissioner Kevin McGuire and his Deputy Joe Kenner. Former New York Knick Allan Houston will team up with Astorino’s Fatherhood Initiative via his own foundation going forward.
Said Legislator David Gelfarb (R-Rye Brook), “It was so inspiring to see what a rousing success the Fatherhood Initiative was. It’s quite apparent that we have a compassionate forward-thinking County Executive in Rob Astorino. He’s also tough when he needs to be. It does Westchester a world of good when he defends us from accusations of exclusionary zoning. That’s offensive, and just plain not true. Good for him.”
Michael Smith, legislator from Mount Pleasant said, “The State of the County address evidenced yet again why Rob Astorino was elected twice in a 2-1 Democratic county. He is a pragmatic leader with a strong social conscience. Furthermore, when he stands up to an overreaching federal government, and refuses to let social engineers run roughshod over our local zoning, he shows he’s principled in his determination to preserve home rule. Westchester County is very fortunate to have Rob as its county executive.”
Astorino took pride in his standing up to what he called “...an aggressive and overreaching federal government” when he challenged yet again the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s claims of racial discrimination and exclusionary practices in Westchester.
The County Executive also announced the opening of  the Westchester Economic Development office in Manhattan across from Grand Central Terminal.
https://johngtesta.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/stateofthecounty_4.jpgLegislator Sheila Marcotte (R-Eastchester) said, “Its one thing to just say you’re going to attract business to the county, it’s another thing entirely to be proactive and go get the businesses. Opening up an office in New York City is a brilliant idea, and I’m proud of our County Executive for showing some initiative.”
Legislator Gordon Burrows of Yonkers said, “Of course its great to keep taxes down; that’s a must. But Rob knows that in order to actually grow the economy and create jobs, you have to create an environment which does so. That’s a positive role for government to play.”
Yonkers Legislator Bernice Spreckman said, "Westchester taxpayers -especially seniors- are suffocating under the weight of massive unfunded mandates from Albany. It is an affront when a senior citizen who owns their home outright has to move out because they can't pay their property taxes. By keeping taxes stable County Executive Astorino has once again kept his promise to give taxpayers a fighting chance. His Fatherhood Initiative is a breath of fresh air, and will no doubt have a positive impact on the lives of thousands of men and their families. Speaking of children, I hope the new deal for Playland provides summer memories for generations to come."