Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino

The incumbent Republican in the race for Westchester County executive tried for a write-in bid to force a September primary for the Independence Party line. A party member sued, and now the county executive has appealed the decision. 

In New York, Westchester County legislators have approved legislation as part of a federal 2009 fair and affordable housing settlement.

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

Legislators in Westchester County will hold a public hearing next week. It’s part of a process to meet federal demands regarding a 2009 fair and affordable housing settlement. A spokesman for the county executive has said it is the county’s position that it is in compliance with the settlement.

Westchester Launches Food Rescue Program

Apr 30, 2013
Billy Brown, flickr

A county executive in the Hudson Valley is kicking off an initiative this afternoon announced during his recent state of the county address – food rescue.

Judge Says No To Westchester's Injunction Request

Apr 28, 2013

A federal court judge Friday denied a request from Westchester County attorneys for a temporary restraining order in relation to an affordable housing settlement.

Office of the Westchester County Executive

The U.S. Attorney has fired off a letter threatening action if the Westchester County Executive does not comply with his demands. The letter has to do with an affordable housing agreement, and the county executive has said he is in compliance.

In New York, Westchester legislators are asking a federal agency for more time before the agency takes away more than $7 million in funding for the county.

Westchester Begins Bus Security Campaign

Apr 19, 2013
Westchester County, Office of the County Executive

A new advertising campaign in a county in New York’s Hudson Valley calls for citizen vigilance.

NYS GOP Chair Floats Names to Challenge Governor Cuomo

Apr 17, 2013
GOP Chair Ed Cox
GOP Chair Ed Cox

Five names were recently floated as potential candidates to challenge New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in the 2014 election. Four of the five are in the Hudson Valley.

Ed Cox is chairman of the New York State Republican Party.

One is Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

He refers to running for county executive. And the federal agency he says he is battling is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, over aspects of an affordable housing agreement. As to whether he is ruling out a run for governor, Astorino replies:

Office of the Westchester County Executive

In New York, the Westchester County Executive is asking a federal agency for a hearing after being told that funding would be taken away from the county. The warning came in a letter, and is based on claims the county has failed to comply with a fair housing agreement.

Westchester Increases Security After Boston Explosions

Apr 16, 2013

At least one county executive in New York’s Hudson Valley says security was stepped up Monday as a result of the bombings at the Boston Marathon. And security will remain heightened through at least today.

A federal appeals court has ruled that the Westchester County executive has not complied with a fair housing agreement from 2009. Now, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says the county may not receive Superstorm Sandy disaster-relief money directly.  

Office of the Westchester County Executive

A county executive in New York’s Hudson Valley says he has reached an agreement with an organization to revitalize a county-owned amusement park, yet some county legislators are not yet convinced, and say the step forward is premature.

In New York, plans have been afoot to revitalize an amusement park in the Hudson Valley, and an announcement about an agreement to get those plans in motion is expected today.

Students Compete at Westchester Science Fair

Mar 9, 2013
IntelFreePress, flickr

There’s an Intel-affiliated science and engineering fair today (Sat.) in New York’s Westchester County, during which students are competing for scholarships, and a chance to travel to even bigger science fairs.

County Executive Unveils "Safer Communities" Program

Feb 20, 2013
Westchester County, Office of the County Executive

A county executive in the Hudson Valley is launching an initiative as a response to December’s Newtown, Connecticut mass school shooting. It’s called “Safer Communities”, and it kicks off next week with a symposium on school safety.

They Make a Plea for More Mandate Relief

Feb 1, 2013
Courtesy of Greg Ball

More than a dozen, local elected officials stood with New York State Senator Greg Ball Thursday, urging state lawmakers to pass a comprehensive mandate relief package. They say without mandate relief beyond what Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed in his 2013-2014 budget, municipalities, and school districts will go broke. They assembled at Yorktown Town Hall in Westchester. Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino was there.

And here’s Republican Senator from Putnam County Greg Ball.

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