Dear fellow Westchester Democrats and moderate Republicans seeking to oust Rob Astorino. (With help from today’s NY Times) and vote for George Latimer, presently a State Senator from Rye.
Turnout on November 7th will be critical to our success. In off election years like this one, without a presidential or gubernatorial race to draw people to the ballot, We Democrats tend to stay home. On primary night Democratic turnout was less than 8%.
Astorino is relying on this.
“Donald Trump is not running in November,” said Mr. Astorino, 50, whom some political observers predict will again challenge Mr. Cuomo next year.
WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU?
WE MUST COME OUT AND VOTE.
“Certainly there are people who are motivated by the national scene and the Trump effect could lure them to the polls,” said George Latimer, the Democrat who will oppose Mr. Astorino.
“But many of the Democrats — they really don’t focus on the small towns,” he added. “They commute to the city and come back at night.”
WE MUST COME OUT AND VOTE.
Westchester have the dubious honor of competing for the No. 1 and 2 spots on national lists of counties with the highest property taxes in the nation.
The county portion of a homeowner’s tax bill is relatively small — around 15 to 20 percent — while school taxes make up the lion’s share.
About 80 percent of the county property tax pays for expenses that are mandated by the state, giving the county discretion over a small fraction of the tax bill.
“So when you say you are not raising taxes, you are saving a taxpayer who pays 10,000 a year in property taxes $20 a month.” “And what are you doing to save that? You are cutting social services and co-opting the ability of the county to function financially.” (Ron Edelman, friend of Astorino and former Republican Consultant)
Mr. Latimer, a former county legislator, faulted Mr. Astorino for his fiscal stewardship of Westchester, saying he relied too heavily on borrowing and dipping into reserves.
He also criticized Mr. Astorino’s stance on social issues, citing immigration policies and his decision to allow the county’s exhibition center in White Plains to be used for a gun show.
“If you are a in an upstate county, where 85 percent of the people have guns, that’s different,” Mr. Latimer, 63, said. “In Westchester, far more people have no guns than own guns. So my attitude is don’t have a show like that; it’s not our lifestyle.”
SO IF YOU BELIEVE THAT OUR PRESENT COUNTY EXECUTIVE… THE TRUMP SUPPORTING, MONETARY MANIPULATING, GOVERNORSHIP SEEKING, AND ANTI DEMOCRATIC VALUES ROB ASTORINO NEEDS TO BE OUSTED…
…MAKE IT YOUR BUSINESS AND COME OUT AND VOTE FOR GEORGE LATIMER FOR COUNTY EXECUTIVE THIS NOVEMBER 7TH.