Newly Elected: Westchester County Executive

Friday, November 13, 2009

Voters rejected the Democratic incumbent Andrew Spano in the recent election for Westchester County Executive. Republican Rob Astorino, the Westchester County Executive-elect, talks about his election and plans for the county.


Rob Astorino

Comments [22]

Harvie S from Hastings on Hudson

We are organizing and trying to lower our school taxes.

It cvan be done check out our website.

We can't pay anymore. some people in our town pay $40,000 a year in taxes

Nov. 18 2009 10:08 AM
luiza from East New York

i wish my city councilman was a Republican - ours is a corrupt and phony populist

Nov. 13 2009 11:24 AM
JK from Midtown

i was shocked brian didnt call him out on the question dodging...

good luck westchester... sounds already like spano was the better choice... now you got a religious talk show host who by not condemning rush and hate radio, is condoning the 2008-9 national republican mantra. im glad i moved out of westchester when i did.

remember, a democrat tries to get into your pocket... a republican tries to get into your bedroom.

Nov. 13 2009 10:52 AM
hs from 11211

JK 15
that's all the right has left

Nov. 13 2009 10:51 AM
NPR Rush listener from NYC

• Take that bone out of your nose and call me back."

Rush Limbaugh acknowledged making these statements in a 1990 Newsday "Recalling a stint as an "insult-radio" DJ in Pittsburgh, he admits feeling guilty about, for example, telling a black listener he could not understand to "take that bone out of your nose and call me back."

Nov. 13 2009 10:50 AM
Catherine Torpey from Rockville Centre

Hi Brian- Great show as always. I am sorry you or your caller didn't challenge the new Westchester Exec on his total dodge of the question about confronting right wing racism. Instead, he bemoaned false calls of racism. What about speaking out against people like Rush Limbaugh? Total dodge.

Nov. 13 2009 10:48 AM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

Rob Astorino just totally 180'ed on the caller who challenged him on the violently bigoted language of Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, etc.

Astorino effectively condemned the caller for charging Limbaugh, Beck et al with racism.

Nov. 13 2009 10:44 AM
JK from Midtown

re: the hate radio comment... WOW, if anyone wants to learn how NOT to answer a direct, clear and concise question... there you go. instead of calling out racists like rush and grant, he talks about throwing the word racism around? why is it so hard for repubs to denounce blatant racists like rush? i just dont get it.

Nov. 13 2009 10:44 AM
June from Westchester, NY

We live in Mount Vernon and pay high taxes and don't even have a school district we can use past 5th grade! We basically get trash and snow removal for our services! How do you fix that? We sure don't know.

Nov. 13 2009 10:43 AM
Josh from Brooklyn

How can you cut taxes but no services? Where does the money come from. Oh yeah, we borrow and create a deficit. Don't you balance your check book? You can't spend what you don't have. if you want services, then pay for them.

Nov. 13 2009 10:43 AM
hs from 11211

which services should we cut?

Nov. 13 2009 10:42 AM
Robert from NYC (formally Hell and previous to that NYC)

Refreshing to hear that these voters felt previous administration there too long and took action. Too bad NYC voters didn't come out to do same in recent mayoral race! Bravo Westchesterites(?) or whatever people from Westchester call themselves.

Nov. 13 2009 10:42 AM
hs from 11211

OOOOH, after the election he tells us he's not goto lower the taxes!

Nov. 13 2009 10:42 AM
Brian from Vista NY

I live in Westchester. My taxes are higher than in CT. Its driven by school taxes. What can be done to get the school budget votes moved to general election day from their current place in May?

Nov. 13 2009 10:41 AM
Josh from Brooklyn

The problem with Andrew Spano was that many just got tired of him. He was running for his fourth and the public felt they weren't getting enough results on their investment. Rob Astorino basically came out of nowhere and offered a choice. Property taxes are horrendous, and just kept going up (my parents live there and I grew up there). But can Astorino lower taxes? The tax system up there is so segmented, revenue streams don't make sense (look at Mt. Vernon who lost their entire sports program because the school budget was voted down and the County had no authority to step in). Denzel Washinton had to donate money. The City of Yonkers years ago closed for 3 weeks once because they couldn't pay bills. For my parent's sake (who work for a democratic politician) I hope taxes do go on. But its not as simple as just changing the office holder. I just hope he isn't Andrew O'Rourke part 2 (who started this mess in the 80's).

Nov. 13 2009 10:40 AM
Dan from NJ


Does he feel bad that most people voted AGAINT Spano and NOT FOR him?

Nov. 13 2009 10:40 AM
Robert from NYC (formally Hell and previous to that NYC)

Yes, Westchester traditionally known as highest taxed county in the country. I thought that NJ claim was maybe new but I always remember from childhood that Westchester the highest taxed county.

Nov. 13 2009 10:40 AM
tF from 10075

cut my taxes but don't touch my services!

Nov. 13 2009 10:36 AM
Phoebe from NJ

Perhaps given the Catholic Bishop's political interference in the Healthcare Bill, Westchester should tax the Catholic church to reduce property taxes?

Nov. 13 2009 10:35 AM
Robert from Hell

...unlike Egan

Nov. 13 2009 10:33 AM
hjs from 11211

who can cut the property taxes?

Nov. 13 2009 09:35 AM
RCT from NYC

My husband and I are not among that select cohort that can pay $25,000 per year in property taxes on either one salary or, in a few years, retirement income. Re our modest home, my husband tells me regularly, "Enjoy it now, because if property taxes keep going up, we will have to sell it and move." In other words, we are being priced out of Westchester County by rising property taxes.

We voted for Spano, but only because we are hard-core Democrats.

So, Rob Astorino, now that you've been elected -- are you going to fix the property tax situation and, if so, when and how?

Nov. 13 2009 07:20 AM

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