If any county in New York represented the difference in governing philosophies between Republicans and Democrats, it was Westchester. After Election Night this year, the people have spoken - in favor of Republicans.
IN his first term, Westchester County Executive Rob AStorino has been at odds with his Democratic-led legislature, which vetoes Astorino's efforts to cut government spending. The legislature had overridden 247 of Astorino's spending bill vetoes.
Well now it seems that Republicans have broken the Democrats 12-5 super-majority grip on the Westchester County Board of Legislature. The composition of the new board will likely be 10 Democrats & 7 Republicans, pending official count of absentee ballots. If all holds the same, that means Astorino will have an equal negotiating position with some momentum against a diminished Democatic legislature.
Astorino had taken a non-partisan stance on the County Legislature, supporting a "healthy Westchester" slate which resonated with voters.
“Westchester voters of all political parties came together Tuesday to help get their county back on a healthy fiscal track,” Astorino said in a statement issued last week. “When it comes to moving Westchester forward, this election shows that there are no party labels. We are all in this together."