Maisano named minority leader

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tjndc5-5b5pw26cf51181fimezi_layoutRepublican Legislator James Maisano of New Rochelle (right in photo) will become minority leader on the Westchester County Board of Legislators. His colleague, Gordon Burrows of Yonkers (left) will be minority whip. The caucus announced the positions today.

Minority Leader George Oros, R-Cortlandt, (center) did not seek reelection. He recently was named as County Executive elect Rob Astorino’s chief of staff.

“The Republican caucus is committed to reforming county government by promoting initiatives to reduce spending, lower taxes and consolidate operations, “ Maisano said. “We look forward to working in a bipartisan way to improve the quality of life in Westchester.”

Maisano represents part of New Rochelle and all of Pelham and will begin his seventh two year term on January 1, 2010. Burrows has served his district since winning a special election in 2005 in a district that includes part of Yonkers and all of Bronxville.

“I look forward to working with the new majority legislative leadership and with newly elected County Executive Rob Astorino to consolidate government expenditures and reduce taxes,” Burrows said.

Democrats outnumber Republicans 13-4 on the county board. County Legislators Bernice Spreckman of Yonkers and newly elected  Legislator John Testa, R-Peekskill, are the other two Republican members of the board.

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  1. Good choices. Maisano & Burrows have lots of experience, are both bright and known as easy to work with. Most importantly, despite how long they have served in government, both have always been seen as very ethical. (A developer friend that does business with county once told me that Maisano was not worth lobbying because he was like a “boy scout” and would not take contributions to switch vote – and I thought, isn’t that a good thing?).

    The Republicans matter a lot more now with Astorino as CE.

  2. Republicans currently have four seats. What’s going on with the District 9 race? Did Burton win or is that still up in the air? If Konig wins that contest, that will give Republicans five seats. And if they take back the historically Republican 2nd & 3rd districts that will give them seven seats. Going out on a limb, the GOP could win in Districts 10, 7, 6 and 4 and maybe even district 5… If they win just two more seats that brings them to nine votes and the majority.

  3. Thats what happens when you have “BiPartisanship” you have more Republicans in the New York City Council than in the Westchester County Legislature think about that.

    Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli

    No More Schumer
    No More Pelosi
    No More Rangel
    No More Engel and his Million Dollar Home in Maryland
    No More Arthur Finkelstein & Co, and
    No StinkingTerrorists in NYC, send them to Washington DC

  4. Spreckman caucuses with the Democrats, so its really 3 Republicans (14-3). In order for WestTeaParty’s dream scenario, you’d have to have actual candidates to win these seats. The two most vulnerable lawmakers, Nonna and Harckham, could not even draw challengers in a strong Republican year. The conventional wisdom was this somehow suppressed Democratic turnout by uncontesting these seats which helped local incumbents in Bedford and the County-wide ticket. And then the plan’s to compete in 2011 (2010 in Bedford in a special election if Harckham goes to Albany). The strategy worked so far, although at this point it was probably supposed to include Testa, Maisano, Burrows, Konig and Hyland (4 away, instead of 6) – but anything is possible!

  5. if the gop now had just 7 they would be the quasi-majority because they’d be able to form a governing coalition by peeling off just two dems (likely abinanti and jenkins). the gop screwed up not running candidates in these races. they never expected astorino to win as big as he did.

  6. Peter & Co Leg. are absolutely correct. The GOP should have picked up more seats in past election and totally blew it by not opposing the Dems in the swing districts.

    Nevertheless, it appears there are several disgruntled Dems that will be willing to work with Astorino and the Reps on good government initiatives and Maisano will be good at putting together coalitions as he has been on County Leg for many years and is well-respected.

  7. VJ – I find you interesting when you post on Elizabeth Benjamin’s blog and I often wish there were a way to contact you privately.
    With this post,however, I don’t see your point.
    What happens when you have bi partisanship?
    And are you saying one party rule is better? (in this case it would be the Democrats)
    Also the NYC council may have more GOP in absolute numbers – but not as a percent. What do they have – 5 of 51? That’s what – less than 10%?
    Although I personally have no hope for either body because Christine Quinn and Ken Jenkins are both useless.
    Christine however, used to be reform minded – and she’s smart. Jenkins neither.

  8. Notreally, Bipartisanship is like to hot, to cold just right, how can you have “Bipartisanship” when every election you try to beat the other party so you have control It is all about “POWER” those in want to stay in and those “OUT” want to get in.

    What we call “bipartisanship” is I will throw you a bone now and then to get your vote, or I better see it your way because the voters see it your way and I want to stay in office.

    Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli

    No More Schumer
    No More Pelosi
    No More Rangel
    No More Engel and his Million Dollar Home in Maryland
    No More Arthur Finkelstein & Co, and
    No StinkingTerrorists in NYC, send them to Washington DC

  9. Fighting Fritz on

    Bipartisanship, Vampire, is anathema to ideologues of the right and left, who believe they are right, only they are right, and they will ultimately obliterate the other point of view. Bipartisanship says you have a point of view, I have a different one, but since we’re stuck here together, we’ll try to find a workable compromise. Something that has elements we can both like, and probably things we both don’t like.

    B/t/w, lots more hard-rightists in the US than hard leftists. The hard-right starts every morning with 20 states in their pocket. The hard left? Probably only DC – 3 electoral votes.

    While the Dems are no prize packages, the national Republicans over the last 15 years have become absolutists; if they win by 50% + 1 vote, they govern hard from the right; if they lose to the Dems, they do NOTHING, nada, nyet, zip, to vote for anything the Dems propose. Why? Because every Dem decision can and will be used against the Dems in the next election. And ve vill take back das city. Das county. Das state. Das nation!!! Das Universe!!!!!!