The Board of Legislators today overrode dozens of County Executive Rob Astorino’s vetoes ranging from monies for children’s programs and day care fees to millions for health centers and nature centers.
In all, there were 40 overrides, mostly along party lines.
“The budget is done,” said Chairman Ken Jenkins, D-Yonkers. “The problem is not with the legislature. The majority of things we do, we do unanimously.”
Of the roughly 15,000 budget lines, Jenkins said most were supported by both the board and executive branch and that they only disagreed on 27 budget lines, and a handful of other administrative changes to the budget process.
Only one item, a law that would have given the board more authority in appointments to commissions, was not overridden; the vote failed by a 9-8 count.
After the county board approved a $1.69 billion budget earlier this month, Astorino rejected $10 million in spending including $1.9 million for neighborhood health centers, $990,000 for Cornell Cooperative Extension, $378,00 for Invest-in-Kids programs, $4.3 million in day care subsidies and restoration of the Route 76 bus line between Rye and White Plains.
All of those were overridden with Republicans and Democrats agreeing on several items, notably money for Cornell Cooperative Extension; $49,000 for Greenburgh Nature Center; $59,790 for business training; $42,500 for the Jewish Council and four positions with the Board of Elections.