Democrats hit Astorino over “crack cocaine” remark

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Democrats on the Westchester County Board of Legislators today knocked County Executive Robert Astorino for referring to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pension-smoothing plan as “crack cocaine.”

In an interview with Gannett’s Albany Bureau last week, Astorino compared Cuomo’s pension plan to the drug, saying it would provide a short-term fix but would lead to troubles for local governments

“It’s like crack cocaine. You’re going to get a quick high today, but you’re going to end up in the gutter,” Astorino said in an interview yesterday with Gannett’s Albany Bureau.

The legislature’s chairman Ken Jenkins, a Democratic candidate against Astorino this year for county executive, and Legislator Judy Myers said the Republican executive’s comments were inappropriate and hypocritical. They said Astorino is borrowing to pay for some expenses that should be paid with operating funds.

“Residents and business owners here in New York and across our great nation deserve a political discourse that is respectful, intelligent and beneficial to understanding the issues,” Jenkins said in a statement. “The wildly inflammatory comment made by the County Executive was totally inappropriate in the context of what should be a measured discussion of a proposal’s merits. In this case, I question the motivation and need for such a scurrilous remark, especially from an elected official.”

Astorino said he would oppose Cuomo’s pension plan, which would let local governments avoid spikes in the cost by realizing future savings now. It has drawn concerns from other local leaders, but some said they plan to enroll in it.

“I think it’s a bad scheme, and it just makes it worse in the future,” Astorino said last week. “If the leaders of 10 and 20 years ago had decided to confront the issue of pensions then, instead of kicking the can down the road, we wouldn’t be in this situation today. And we shouldn’t do the same to the next generation.”

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  1. Jackson Davies on

    The Dems are correct. Astorino is crude and shows the real character of the man in contrast to the smiley face public persona. We cant wait to November- he is gone.

  2. the right thing to do on

    hey you gotta give rob credit..now the cuomo disaster borrowing scheme which is nonsense
    and something even the democratic mayor of syracuse understands is being universally
    talked about which so far has made cuomo agree that it is not going to be mandatory..
    democrats are bad on math because they never ever believe that borrowing will put us in the
    poor house

  3. Snorty snort snort-snort on

    Didn’t robby’s republican legislator friend Gordon Burrows get busted snorting coke at a gas station a just a few years back? How fitting bobby.

  4. North of the Hutch on

    Shouldn’t you Democrats be working, figuring out how to scam the “system” or doing something productive with your lives rather than rag on a guy who’s doing a great job?

    Want to rag on people? Then why not our Albany delegates who only know how to raise taxes and spending and never propose to eliminate a program. God forbid that would ever happen.

  5. Horth of the Nutch on

    Oh yeah, Astorino’s doing a g r e a t job. Railing, as any conservative does, against unions and Democrats, but putting 57 jobs-for-partisans into the budget.

    Shouldn’t you Republicans be figuring out how to decry the system of government, while grabbing ahold of it and benefitting your pals and corporate cronies?

  6. Let's not forget history on

    Be careful voters, the Democrats want to bring Westchester County back to the dark days of Andy Spano.

    Remember him? The guy who used to run Westchester? He got thrown out 3 years because he taxed & spent way too much and who wants to go back to that? Let’s not forget history & let it repeat itself. That would be a shame when we’ve made such great progress.