Astorino Administration Fails to Conduct Transparent Process
YONKERS, NY — August 3, 2017 — Ken Jenkins, Democratic candidate for County Executive, criticized Astorino for his underhanded attempt at closing the RFP (Request for Proposal) process without working with the Board of Legislators. The County Executive intends to keep all airport RFP responses from the Board of Legislators, throwing a wrench in the recommendation process.
“Astorino just wants to cover up his budget mistakes and his bad management with a deal that leaves the people of Westchester in the lurch,” said Jenkins. “A $15 million hole in the budget has Astorino itching to move forward with the RFP with his preferred deal. He’s not worried about the consequences because he will not be here to see the deal through.”
Jenkins restated that the RFP process should be scuttled until the is an Airport Master Plan approved by the BOL.
The County Executive’s office receives all RFP applications, and once they are shared the consultant, Frasca, reviews the proposals to give input on which ones are viable and responsive to the RFP. All viable proposals are then shared with the members of the Task Force, who then conduct a review and make a recommendation to the County Executive.
“Astorino once again skirts his responsibilities, and refuses to conduct a transparent process with the airport RFP,” said Jenkins. “Government is about working with each other to come to a solution that will benefit the residents of Westchester County in the long run. Westchester could save $150 million if we do nothing, and don’t move forward with the RFP. First, it was the disaster of a draft Airport Master plan and now this clandestine removal of legislative oversight. As always, this latest action is another example of his unwillingness to work with the Board of Legislators to accomplish real progress in Westchester.”
The County Executive has a history of failing to work with the Board of Legislators to make sure vital capital projects move forward. Currently, the Board has approved over $1.5 BILLION dollars in capital projects that have yet to be completed.
“We have tried to work with the Astorino, but all our efforts have been for naught,” said Jenkins. “He is obstinate and unchanging. We can do better than an executive that does not have the best interests of our people at heart.”