Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino

It is day five for ride-hailing services in New York outside of the Big Apple. In the Hudson Valley, Westchester County lawmakers plan to monitor their concerns via a task force after the county and ride-hailing companies announced a program to create a voluntary pool of fingerprinted drivers. Meanwhile, further north, Kingston’s mayor says so far, so good. 

County Joins Sustainable Westchester Consortium

May 23, 2017
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Westchester County has entered into a partnership with a consortium of local governments that facilitates green initiatives including solarizing campaigns. County Executive Rob Astorino made the announcement Tuesday at a residence in Peekskill.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has filed two lawsuits alleging the deal announced in January to close Indian Point nuclear power plant skirted state environmental laws. The Republican had intended to file suit one month ago, but the Democratic majority county Board of Legislators voted against it, so Astorino is going a different route.

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Eight area groups sponsored a forum Sunday with the Democratic contenders for Westchester County executive. And depending on the outcome of the county Democratic convention May 10, there could be a September primary to see who faces off against incumbent Republican Rob Astorino.

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The Democratic chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators said Thursday legislation to support Republican County Executive Rob Astorino’s planned lawsuit to stop or delay the closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant is dead on arrival. Astorino announced his lawsuit plans Wednesday. He argued that the January agreement among New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Indian Point parent company Entergy and Riverkeeper to close Indian Point by 2021 cannot move forward because an environmental review was not completed. More from WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

The Westchester County Board of Legislators is expected to approve Monday night a land lease for what could be the county’s largest public-private project — a biotech hub next to Westchester Medical Center.

Westchester Legislators Work On Gun Show Regulations

Jan 27, 2017
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Westchester County legislators are working on a measure to strengthen gun show regulations. In the meantime, a state lawmaker from the county has introduced legislation to ban gun shows on public property.

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County Executive Rob Astorino kicked off his Town Hall series in the northern Westchester town of Cortlandt last night, where the planned closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant will have an impact. And though Indian Point was a topic on his agenda, area residents who overflowed into hallways brought up a number of other subjects — to both groans and applause.

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Monday’s announcement of an agreement to close the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County left local elected officials in a tailspin about tax revenues. They worry there is no way to fill what the Westchester County executive calls a gaping hole.

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A formal announcement Monday about an agreement to close the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County by 2021 came at different times from the different parties involved. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo first announced the plan in New York City. Shortly after, Indian Point parent company Entergy held a press conference in Tarrytown.

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The Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County would close by 2021 according to a New York Times report and subsequent others Friday. A deal between Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Indian Point parent Entergy reportedly is on the way.

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Following reports that Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the owner of the Indian Point nuclear power plant have been hashing out a deal to close the plant by 2021, Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino says such a plan would wreak economic havoc.

Republican County Executive Rob Astorino says Westchester has exceeded the benchmark for developing affordable housing. The announcement came just a few days before a deadline stemming from a 2009 housing settlement with the federal government. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.

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The U.S. Coast Guard is considering establishing anchorage grounds in the Hudson River from Westchester to Ulster County. But local elected officials and environmentalists criticize the proposal — and what they say is a lack of transparency and public involvement.

Funding Will Help Restore Croton Point Park Meadow

Jul 26, 2016
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The Westchester County executive and a state senator from the Hudson Valley announced funding for a meadow restoration project on Monday. The site is a haven for migratory birds, including bald eagles.

Westchester County Exec Addresses Bharara Probe

Jul 25, 2016
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A corruption probe being conducted by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has extended to Westchester County. That’s according to a report in the New York Post. Now Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is responding.

Westchester County Exec Presents Zika Prevention Plan

May 20, 2016
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Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has presented a plan to protect residents from the potential threat of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases. 

Astorino presented the plan at a playground at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla on Thursday.

“What we’re doing is we’re developing a very comprehensive plan that includes education, surveillance and mosquito control,” Astorino says. “And we know that mosquitoes have no clue about borders so we’re also making sure we coordinate this effort with the surrounding counties.”

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New York Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia says the state has made major changes to the Common Core English and math assessments since last year when 1 in 5 students refused to take them. Despite the changes, the children of a county executive in the Hudson Valley are opting out once again.

Astorino Talks Pope, Politics

Sep 24, 2015

Before he became Westchester County Executive and the Republican candidate for governor of New York last year, Rob Astorino was director of the Sirius-XM satellite radio Catholic Channel. We spoke with Astorino about Pope Francis and his visit to America, and why the pope is attracting so much attention from the media, the faithful, and non-Catholics as well.

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The Westchester County executive says he will expand training for the county's police departments and victim advocates as part of a battle against sexual violence on campuses.  Rob Astorino made the announcement Tuesday as part of a proposal to revamp a bill pending before the state Legislature.

NYS Has Three Horses In The Kentucky Derby

May 2, 2015
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Three thoroughbreds born and raised in New York will compete in the first leg of horse-racing’s Triple Crown. It’s the most the state has had at one time in the Kentucky Derby. And as WAMC’s Allison Dunne tells us, two of the horses are from the Hudson Valley.

The two horses from the Hudson Valley are International Star, foaled at Berkshire Stud in Pine Plains in Dutchess County; and Upstart, foaled at Sunnyfield Farm in Bedford. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino will be cheering for Upstart, who drew the number 18 post.

Westchester To Open Economic Development Office In NYC

Apr 23, 2015
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Westchester County is opening an economic development office in Manhattan and is targeting companies that are thinking about leaving New York City.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is proposing once again that an outside operator take over the management of 87-year-old Playland, the largest government-run amusement park in the country.

Astorino said at a boardwalk news conference the deal would mean taxpayers would escape millions of dollars of annual losses.  Under the tentative 15-year deal, Standard Amusements would invest nearly $23 million in the park in Rye.

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Westchester County has a new director of the Veterans Service Agency - a former New York assemblyman.

Westchester County Exec Remembers Cardinal Egan

Mar 6, 2015

Roman Catholic Cardinal Edward Egan, the former archbishop of New York, died Thursday at age 82. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who worked with him in radio.

Westchester Names New Mental Health Commissioner

Jan 24, 2015
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After searching for months, Westchester County has a new mental health commissioner.

NYS County Execs Elect Astorino As President

Jan 22, 2015
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The New York State County Executives' Association has a new president – from the Hudson Valley. 

The County Executives Association Wednesday elected Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino as president. Here’s fellow Republican Ed Day, who is the Rockland County executive.

“I actually seconded the motion,” says Day. “I think it’s great. Rob has consistently shown himself to be an out-of-the-box thinker. He’s completely dedicated to tax relief. He’s shown that.”

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday unveiled the first proposal for his upcoming state-of-the-state address. He’s calling for property-tax relief for middle-class homeowners. The Hudson Valley has some of the highest property taxes in the state, and lawmakers have mixed reaction to the plan. 

Governor Cuomo has proposed a more than $1.6 billion property tax credit program. His announcement came at Hofstra University on Long Island, in Nassau County, home to some of the highest property taxes in New York.

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In New York, the Westchester County executive Thursday unveiled a series of initiatives to promote economic growth.

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The county executives on each side of the Tappan Zee Bridge are proposing a partial financing plan for the replacement bridge that is currently under construction. They say their plan will help stem any major increases to tolls.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, both Republicans, stood at Memorial Park in Nyack on the Rockland side of the Tappan Zee Bridge, calling on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to use a portion of the $5.1 billion New York has received in one-time bank settlement funds. Here’s Day.

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