THE HEZITORIAL: Astorino Will Abide by His Word Not to Raise Taxes for the 6th Consecutive Year By HEZI ARIS

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Charicature of a younger, better looking Publisher / Editor Hezi Aris.

Charicature of a younger, better looking Publisher / Editor Hezi Aris.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino will on Friday, November 13, 2015, at 11am EST reveal the plight of county government, especially with respect to County Executive Astorino’s Proposed FY2016 Budget that will, despite assertions of doom and gloom, not unsettle credit agency ratings from their present AAA status to one less so. Astorino’s budget proposal has stood up wth great resolve against an ever-ending assembly line assault of mandates to which Westchester County must accommodate and manage with an ever growing diminution of funding from New York State and the Federal government. Even so, Mr. Astorino has doubled down to hold the line. Fiscal reality has given way to an official who will uphold his word. A standard rare in today’s political arena indeed; credible, and laudatory. Perhaps it is time for residents to be shown the fiscal constraints the county has nd must overcome. Will C.E. Astorino have the resolve to tell it like it is?

Exacerbating the plight is the reduction in the cost of gasoline. The county has historically received a specific allocation based on a percentage of the final sale for each gallon sold. With lower costs earning the same percentage of the sale, the dollar remuneration has plummeted and will be revealed as the basis for paltry Sales Tax Revenue. While budgetary demands continue their unrelenting assault on the county budget, federal and state funds and grants have dwindled. Leadership that did or could have conceivably recognized the pending doom retreated their resolve. The Office of Westchester County Executive Astorino and his allies and adversaries who presided over the Westchester County Board of Legislators buckled under the fiscal crisis. Resolve gave way to disarray and deflection of purpose. Even so, the need to suggest remedy to this revenue stream crises must be met head on. Some municipalities in Long Island, challenged by the same concerns have legislated relief by imposing a flat tax rate to meet the shortfall based on a formula that has proven to no longer sustains Westchester County. While not the only solution, it should be seriously considered.

While admirable of Westchester County Executive Astorino to maintain his promise to Westchesterites, government must own up to the burden of mandates, transparently reveal their cost vis-a-vis the yearly decreases and loss of grants. The voter must be told so as to maintain a pristine perception of governance. instead it seems the two parties, Democrats and Republicans alike will deflect from fiscal concerns demanding immediate attention for “drama” when substance will remain of greater import.

eHeziTHE HEZITORIAL: Astorino Will Abide by His Word Not to Raise Taxes for the 6th Consecutive Year By HEZI ARIS

Comments 13

  1. Looks like the CE is using the YONKERS Model of how to “operate” and fool the taxpayers at the same time!

    A Spano vs Astorino debate is going to be like calling two Chinese restaurants a minute apart, and after placing an order with one, ask them to read it back to the other CHINAMAN!
    It’s hilarious and nothing is accomplished other than aggravating the shit out of the poor!!

    Just like Yonkers and Westchester County “Government”…… It’s A JOKE!

  2. By the way, I just checked. Moody’s reduced the rating to Aa1…we no longer should delude ourselves into thinking that we have all AAA.

  3. Mr. Editor….

    In reviewing the past few years of the County budget, it becomes clear that CE Astorino has adopted the very unfortunate practice of bonding operating expenses. That is a clear sign that trouble is coming.

    What happened to the cuts that he so proudly boasts of when he takks about no tax increases?

    Bonding operating expenses is an awful practice and until he stops this practice, he should get no credit from you…or anyone else!

    1. You are exactly right, tired. This is exactly what he is doing. Looking good by not raising property taxes and bonding for day to day operating expenses. Plus, the entire board and the CE will soon have egg on their collective faces after their horrible Playland deal gets worse. They GAVE the park to the developer. What a joke.

    1. 100% correct. That, plus the county employees are forced to work with outdated, broken equipment both in the offices and out in the field.

      1. Creative and never thought of before tactics of reducing staff and thereby budgets are reduced magically. Meanwhile, services are weakened and will lead to many personnel moving on to better opportunities. Thanks Astorino for bringing morale to its lowest of lows, what masterful ideas you have created.

        1. Hey Rob, Great job screwing the workers who are the ones who really do the peoples work. A salary increase of less than 2% is over the top according to you, really? Just how many people are no longer employed on the 9th floor?

    2. No services to the “poor” are getting cut nor are services to seniors. The only union without a contract is CSEA. Stop spewing your bs. CSEA needs to realize that they, like every other union in the state, must contribute to their health insurance. Until they do, they will go without a contract. Doesn’t it suck to be them? They live in utopia while the rest of us live here on planet earth.

      1. Utopia??? You’re delusional! Most CSEA / county employees have to deal with the dregs of society. Go ask anyone in Probation or Social Services if their work day is Utopian! While the private sector “rakes it in” when the economy is good, ALL civil servants abide by their contract (and probably work a second job) without complaint.

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