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Saying he could not sign a budget with phony revenues, wasteful spending and unfunded liabilities, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced this afternoon that he will veto 247 lines in the 2011 budget approved last week by the Board of Legislators.
Said Astorino, While it is commendable that the board followed my lead to reduce County property taxes, legislators did so in an irresponsible way. The combination of phony revenues, wasteful spending, unfunded liabilities and rejection of generally accepted accounting principles jeopardizes our AAA credit rating." He went on to add, " I cannot sign the budget in its current form."
The vetoes announced today include items recently returned to the budget by the Legislators-day care programs, Section 8 Housing Voucher Program,neighborhood health centers, The Human Rights Commission,a homeless shelter and community mental health clinics.
Legislators had also restored all but 95 of the 226 layoffs Astorino had called for. Today he vetoed that restoration of jobs.
Today was the last day line-item vetoes could be made under the County Charter.
His vetos can still be overriden by a two-thirds vote of the Legislators. The Democrats control the board by a 12-5 margin.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is expected to announce tomorrow that he's used his veto pen and taken it to the newly approved 2011 budget submitted by the Westchester County Board of Legislators. Precisely, what will be cut, is unclear at this point.
The County Executive has five days after the Board of Legislators approves a budget to make line item vetos.
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