Westchester legislators withdraw child care lawsuit over 2012 program freeze


A lawyer for the Westchester County Board of Legislators has withdrawn a lawsuit filed against County Executive Rob Astorino last September that challenged a freeze in applications to the county’s subsidized child care programs. The notice of discontinuance was dated Jan. 10.

The lawsuit was the second that the board had filed against the administration over child care during a months-long fight over whether the board had adequately funded the programs to avoid lowering the subsidy to parents or freezing applications.

With an agreement in the 2013 budget to increase the parent share from 20 percent of income above the poverty line to 27 percent and fund the programs to maintain that level throughout the year, the lawsuit became moot.

The board still has several open lawsuits against the administration, over issues from the membership of the contracts board to the discontinuation of a bus route.


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