Democrats on the Board of Legislators say County Executive Rob Astorino is breaking the law – so they want him to sue. Himself.
Board Chairman Ken Jenkins, D-Yonkers, and other Democrats today accused Astorino of repeatedly ignoring laws they pass. And they argued that it wasn’t their responsibility to challenge him in court; the onus is on the county executive to get the issue cleared up with a judge.
“It’s pretty simple. The county executive’s job … is to enforce the resolutions” and acts adopted by the county board, Jenkins said. “That’s all we’re asking for. We just want the law followed.”
The board and county executive have repeatedly bickered over their authorities to oversee and operate the government. Whether it’s day care, Section 8 or bus routes, the two branches seem to fight at every turn.
The issue again came to a head today at the county’s Acquisition and Contract’s board meeting, which Democrats argue was convened illegally with a commissioner whose appointment was rejected by the board.
Furthermore, when Jenkins stormed out in protest, he and other Democrats maintain there was no quorum on the three-member group. No contracts should have been approved.
Earlier this year, the board passed a resolution saying that the county’s budget director, not the public works commissioner, must sit on the A & C board.
The administration rejects that notion entirely, saying that the law the board enacted is void and holds no bearing in reality. And they have the county’s attorney’s opinion to back it up, they say.
“They could pass a law tomorrow that says the county executive terms ends on April 1 – that would be an April Fool’s joke,” said George Oros, Astorino’s chief of staff.
So why not get clarification from a judge?
“We’d be challenging our own rules – why would we do that?” Oros said.
Democrats—including Legislators Lyndon Williams, Judy Myers, Catherine Borgia, Alfreda Williams and Mary Jane Shimsky— say the county attorney’s opinion is just that—an opinion.
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Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins blasts County Executive Rob
Astorino for not following laws passed by the board.
Legislator Judy Myers, a Democrat from Mamaroneck, says County Executive
Rob Astorino isn’t abiding by the laws of Westchester County.
George Oros, chief of staff for County Executive Rob Astorino’s
administration, says the county board law on the contracts board is void
and won’t be followed.