Hudson Valley News
8:10 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Westchester Officials Unite To Press For Mandate Relief

A newly-formed coalition in New York’s Hudson Valley is seeking relief from unfunded mandates.

The coalition of Westchester citizens, school officials, business representatives and elected officials wants to send a message to Albany: quote, “Stop Taking Our Power.” Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino says the time has come to put pressure on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, and the state legislature to pass meaningful mandate relief. To this end, the coalition has started a “Stop Albany” petition to bring an end to what they call mandate madness, a petition being promoted through social media. Coalition members include those from the Westchester County Association; the Westchester-Putnam School Boards Association; the Westchester Municipal Officials Association; and the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents.