Westchester County’s contracts board can do its work with two members until a legal dispute is settled over who should sit as the third member of the board, an appellate court judge ruled Tuesday.
The judge set arguments for April 11 in Brooklyn on County Executive Rob Astorino’s challenge to a temporary restraining order issued last week in the fight over the membership of the board.
The three Democratic leaders of the Westchester Board of Legislators took County Executive Rob Astorino to court last week seeking to enforce a law replacing the commissioner of the Department of Public Works and Transportation with the county budget director on the three-member contracts board. Astorino said the change required a referendum.
On Thursday, a judge issued a temporary restraining order stopping that day’s meeting of the Board of Acquisition and Contract and setting a hearing for April 9 to decide the larger legal questions. Astorino and Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins are the other members of the contracts board.