The union for 265 Westchester County police officers, sergeants, detectives and captains has endorsed Republican County Executive Rob Astorino for reelection.
Despite some disagreements with the administration, PBA President Michael Hagan said the union’s executive committee picked Astorino over his opponent, Democratic New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, because he has been willing to work through issues with them while Bramson has cut police staffing in New Rochelle.
“It’s pretty much an obvious choice when you look at New Rochelle and the way that administration has dealt with that police department,” Hagan said.
Astorino said law enforcement is a priority for him as county executive.
“They do a tremendous job and their endorsement means a lot to me personally,” he said.
In 2012, Hagan said cuts to the county police threatened to endanger public safety. In June the county and the union reached agreement on a six year contract, retroactive to 2009, with raises between 2.5 and 3 percent that Hagan said was fair to his members and the public.