Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino

WAMC, Allison Dunne

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
WAMC, Allison Dunne

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
Office of the Westchester County Executive

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
WAMC, Allison Dunne

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.”


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.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

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
Courtesy of the Office of the Westchester County Executive

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.

Courtesy of the Office of the Westchester County Executive

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
Westchester County

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

NYS County Execs Elect Astorino As President

Jan 22, 2015
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

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.

Office of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino

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

Courtesy of the Westchester and Rockland County Executives' office

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.

NY Fracking Ban Decision Elicits Different Reactions

Dec 18, 2014

It will probably go down as the biggest decision of the year in New York State – a ban on fracking. Wednesday’s news came the same day casino license recommendations were announced. Supporters of a fracking ban are celebrating the long-awaited decision while opponents say they are disappointed and the Southern Tier, where fracking would have taken place, is doomed.

Legislators Approve Westchester's 2015 Budget

Dec 10, 2014
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Legislators have approved a 2015 budget for Westchester County.

Thanksgiving Eve Snowstorm Bears Down

Nov 26, 2014

The first major winter storm of the season is hitting the region this hour on one of the busiest travel days of the year. Snow already covers the ground in some regions while other areas are just starting to see the changeover from rain and sleet at this hour.

Travelers looking to get out of town for Thanksgiving usually face heavy traffic, but this year, weather is the wildcard. Meteorologist Luigi Meccariello is with the National Weather Service out of Albany.


Westchester County is looking for community input on disaster preparedness.

Westchester County Exec Proposes 2015 Budget

Nov 11, 2014

Fresh from his defeat in New York’s gubernatorial race, the Westchester County executive Monday proposed his 2015 budget, his fifth with no tax levy hike.

Astorino Returns To Westchester

Nov 7, 2014

After losing the New York governor’s race, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino returns full throttle to his county post. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has a look at how his gubernatorial campaign may impact his county role.

Gov. Cuomo
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The race for governor in New York is entering its final weekend. Candidates planned get out the vote rallies across the state as the contest comes down to whether supporters will turn out at the polls.  

Governor Andrew Cuomo, with a large lead in the polls, has nevertheless been pulling out all the stops to try to win over more voters.


New York City’s first case of Ebola, confirmed late Thursday, has government officials scrambling and health officials mobilizing.

Four of the candidates for governor of New York faced off in an hour long debate Wednesday night, where they discussed a number of key issues, and the two major party candidates traded charges of lying, and even racism.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A debate between Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Republican Rob Astorino and two third-party candidates is likely to be the only opportunity voters have to see the candidates for New York governor interact before Election Day.

The hour-long exchange begins at 8 p.m. and airs on WAMC.  Capital New York reporter Jimmy Vielkind is headed out to Buffalo for the debate. He says listeners should pay attention to how Cuomo reacts to criticism from Astorino.

 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been endorsed by the state’s largest business lobby for his re- election bid. The Business Council made the announcement Wednesday at the Plug Power energy manufacturing company near Albany.

Business Council President Heather Briccetti says her group is endorsing Cuomo over his GOP challenger Rob Astorino because of the governor’s record on achieving four on time budgets, enacting business tax cuts and holding the increase in state spending and property taxes to 2 percent per year. She also praised Cuomo’s bi-partisan governing style.

  It looks like New York voters will have only a single opportunity to see the candidates debate before this year's gubernatorial election. 

Republican Rob Astorino says he won't accept an invitation to a one-on-one public radio debate with Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo that was tentatively set for later this month.

That leaves a single televised debate in Buffalo with Cuomo, Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian Michael McDermott.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York state officials, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, welcomed the one of the world’s largest floating cranes to the construction site of the replacement Tappan Zee Bridge Monday. At the same time, the governor’s opponent in the November election called for details on the new bridge’s expected tolls.