Calls Out Astorino for Not Having Enough Police to Help
“I applaud the DA for using his position to help combat the opioid epidemic that has affected so many lives in our County,” said Jenkins. “However, Astorino’s poor leadership and budgeting has made it that much more difficult for us to work to eradicate this crisis. Astorino has diminished County resources that could be used to bolster this program, and left our County vulnerable to the widespread opioid problem.”
The opioid epidemic has received a great deal of national attention since initiatives to repeal Obamacare have been introduced. New legislation has cut funding for treatment for addiction, making those affected unable to seek treatment because of the skyrocketing costs related to treatment.
“As the national government leaves individuals in the dust, we need to ensure that we are the buffer mitigates the impact of these policies,” said Jenkins. “To do that, we need to make sure we look at how our policies will affect our people in the future, and we need to make sure we are not making short sighted cuts to public safety and infrastructure.”
Astorino has been highly criticized by many in the county for his understaffing County Police, and rightly so. Ten budgeted police spots have been left unfilled, as Astorino says he cannot find the funds, even though they are in the budget. Ken Jenkins has been vocal against Astorino’s neglect of the County Police.
“It is astonishing how little foresight Astorino shows when it comes to governing our County,” said Jenkins. “We’re behind on approved capital improvements. Astorino believes maintaining our infrastructure is not necessary work. Astorino believes keeping police fully staffed is not necessary work. I ask you this: What is necessary work?”