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White Plains Democrats Overwhelmingly Support Bill Ryan for County Executive

White Plains Democrats voted overwhelmingly for Bill Ryan in the race for Westchester County Executive. Ryan received 85 percent of the weighted votes cast by district leaders.

White Plains Democrats Overwhelmingly Support

Bill Ryan for County Executive

The White Plains Democratic Committee has voted overwhelmingly for Legislator Bill Ryan in the race for the Democratic nomination for Westchester County Executive.  At the Committee’s recent meeting, Legislator Ryan received 85 percent of the weighted votes cast by district leaders on the first ballot:

Bill Ryan                              4,801                     85 %

Noam Bramson                       718                     13 %

Ken Jenkins                            116                       2 %

The White Plains vote came after Jenkins, Bramson and Ryan each made their case for the job and answered questions about major issues in the campaign.

Legislator Ryan told district leaders “This will be a tough election.  As Westchester Democrats we need to decide who gives us the best chance to beat Astorino in November.  There’s a lot at stake.

Westchester is a great place to live, work and raise a family.  But that greatness is in jeopardy due to the bad decisions of County Executive Astorino.  In Westchester we value our quality of life, a quality of life that’s under assault by Mr. Astorino with his extreme ‘tea party’ view of the role and responsibilities of government.”

More than 1,000 Westchester Democratic district leaders will meet in a County Democratic convention on April 24 to select the candidate who will face incumbent Rob Astorino in the general election.  

Excerpts from Legislator Ryan’s remarks:

"Mr. Astorino and the Republicans raced to put a 2013 County budget in place that continues the assault on our people with the elimination of millions of dollars for social safety net programs.  Astorino eliminated funding for the neighborhood health centers that provide primary and preventative health care to 200,000 county residents.  He eliminated funding for community-based non-profits that provide vital services to women, children and the elderly.  He cut low-income day care making it harder for the poor to stay on the job and work themselves into the middle class.  He targeted kids by cutting Early Intervention and Children with Special Needs.  He cut nutrition and hunger prevention programs and eviction and foreclosure prevention programs."

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"There are thousands and thousands of people in this county who need the help of government and the simple truth is this County Executive doesn’t give a damn."

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"Westchester has unparalleled opportunities for economic growth, job creation and a cost-effective social safety net.  But the Astorino agenda is all about austerity, job loss and the gutting of vital programs and services."

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"Westchester is one of the best regional governments in America.  But, that too is at risk as Mr. Astorino weakens essential functions like public safety, social services, health, human rights and parks.  Public Works is being dismantled --qualified professionals fired -- as Astorino continues his irresponsible neglect of our roads, bridges, buildings and facilities.  This is very serious.  I know the importance of maintaining our infrastructure.  As County Executive I’ll move these projects forward giving a needed boost to the construction industry, creating new jobs and ensuring safer infrastructure for all of us."

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"The case for Astorino’s re-election: he hasn’t raised property taxes to balance the budget.  True.  But after his damaging cuts, consider how he’s closed the gap:  raided our reserves and borrowed money long-term to pay for current year expenses.  Over his three budgets that’s $93 million dollars, plus $12 million in interest charges on the debt; the equivalent of a 19% property tax hike!"

"It’s clear we need to make a change.  We need a new County Executive who will do what’s right for Westchester and I offer tremendous experience and qualifications for the job."

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"I was a leader of this county as Chairman of the Board of Legislators for 6 years; the longest serving chair in the history of the Board.  I negotiated the county budget with the executive, directed the Board’s oversight of all county departments, and led the legislature in taking on the toughest challenges to ever confront our people, such as saving the Westchester Medical Center from financial collapse and settling the federal housing lawsuit, shielding taxpayers from one-half billion dollars in penalties.

As a former State Assemblyman, I’ve worked on the “Albany side” of the important state/county partnership for service delivery.  I understand the state-local intergovernmental financial relationship.

As President of the New York State Association of Counties, I led our 62 counties in the strongest state-wide effort to date for mandate relief and a state takeover of the local share of Medicaid.  For Westchester, that would be worth $225 million this year; 41% of our property tax levy.  That’s the tax relief I will work for.

I’m currently a director of the National Association of Counties in Washington, D.C. where I work with officials from 3,000 counties across America on federal funding for counties.  I’m a member of the national Large Urban County Caucus: thirty-five officials from the 100 largest counties in America, who work with federal officials on the laws, rules, regulations and policies that impact the nation’s largest counties like Westchester."

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"I’m running for County Executive to bring strong, capable leadership to this key position.  I promise you, as County Executive, I will not turn my back on the poor and needy of this county and we will repair the damage that’s been done to our social safety net.  I will direct county government operations properly and restore Westchester as one of the best regional governments in America.  I will handle the budget and and county finances responsibly.  I will tell you the truth about our financial condition.  I will work with our federal and state partners in government for the benefit of residents and taxpayers.  And every day, I will lead with the knowledge and understanding of what is right for Westchester.

I hope you’ll support me in this effort.  Together, we will work to ensure that Westchester remains a great place to live, work and raise a family."

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DRS March 06, 2013 at 08:30 PM
"Westchester is a great place to live, work and raise a family. But that greatness is in jeopardy due to the bad decisions of County Executive Astorino. In Westchester we value our quality of life, a quality of life that’s under assault by Mr. Astorino with his extreme ‘tea party’ view of the role and responsibilities of government.” Yeah, those "extreme" views that the government be fiscally responsible and not the be all and end all to all people, the horrors. You know, one of the founding principles this country was built upon, limited government. For example, since when is government in the child care business? If you can't afford to have children, then don't. The whole notion that people be self-sufficient, personally responsible citizens is lost on this hack. If you are a tax payer Westchester County is not a great place to live, work and raise a family, having some of the highest taxes in the nation to pay for people that choose not to help themselves and rather live on other people's dime. It grows tiresome watching politicians buy the votes of the "takers" while using the money of the "producers". "There are thousands and thousands of people in this county who need the help of government and the simple truth is this County Executive doesn’t give a damn." Exactly, maybe he gives a damn about the tax payers that have had about enough!
joshua tanner March 06, 2013 at 10:53 PM
With the feds, states and local gov coming for more money the last thing people need is the self-important county folks spending more money on top of it all. These people are great at trying to play big shots with other peoples money in order to get more votes.
jo March 07, 2013 at 02:17 PM
pulheese deliver us from another tax and spend democrats ..
jo March 07, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Could not agree more..
joe March 07, 2013 at 08:35 PM
I'll tell you: Ryan's only discredit to Astorino in the article is this; "Westchester is one of the best regional governments in America. But, that too is at risk as Mr. Astorino weakens essential functions like public safety, social services, health, human rights and parks. Public Works is being dismantled --qualified professionals fired -- as Astorino continues his irresponsible neglect of our roads, bridges, buildings and facilities. This is very serious."....PUHLEASE....we are the highest taxed county of all 3500 counties in the nation, and all Ryan can come up with is (paraphrase) "we better raise raise taxes, our roads are bad"...p.s. Thank God that loudmouth Jenkins got only 2% of the vote.

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