On April 28, 2011 in front of a standing room only crowd at the Cortlandt Colonial Restaurant I announced my bid to run for re-election to the Westchester County Board of Legislators. It was a great event and I appreciate all who attended to lend support and encouragement. Special thanks to event MC George Oros and to County Executive Rob Astorino for his endorsement.
It has been an honor to serve the residents of Peekskill, Cortlandt and Yorktown over the last 16 months. By working together with my colleagues in the GOP caucus and County Executive Astorino we were able to change the dialog when it comes to county government. Smaller, more efficient government and reduced spending and taxes have for the first time in 12 years become the focus of the policies of Westchester County government. We were able to cause a reduction in county taxes for the first time in recent memory.
Although we have made great strides in such a short time it has not been easy. The supermajority of the county board continuously put roadblocks in the way of reduced spending. They overrode the vetoes of the County Executive to restore over $30 million in additional spending into the 2011 budget and have ignored the county charter by creating their own law department to challenge his authority to spend less money and streamline county government.
I am looking forward to continuing the work we have started in White Plains and appreciate all those who turned out at the event to help me launch my campaign for a second term as County Legislator for District 1.