Astorino, Democrats at it again, this time over Rye bus route

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The peace was short-lived.

County Executive Rob Astorino canceled a contract with the Route 76 bus operator despite the Board of Legislators restoring the money in the budget.

Service along the route that connects Port Chester, Rye and White Plains ceased on Jan. 2, even though Democratic lawmakers overrode the Republican’s veto and restored the $243,436 for that service.

“We looked at it very closely and we’re comfortable with our position,” said Jessica Proud, spokeswoman for the Astorino administration. “We’re responsible to provide the service, but it’s our discretion in how to do it in the most cost-effective way. … This is one of the areas we could save money.”

Westchester County contracts with Liberty Lines to operate its county-wide Bee Line Bus System, but the 76 line was run by a separate, smaller operator, Port Chester-Rye Transit.

Astorino’s move is similar to what he did last year when he canceled the county’s contract for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, known as Section 8, with New York state, despite the board’s override of his veto.

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