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Astorino Endorses Michaelis for County Legislature

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has endorsed Republican candidate Peter Michaelis in his quest to unseat incumbent Democrat Peter Harckham in the race for county legislator in District 2, which includes Lewisboro and Pound Ridge.

Last month, Michaelis defeated Lisa Douglas in the Republican primary for the right to take on Harckham.

Republican candidates running for the county legislature are campaigning under the shared theme, "Candidates for a Healthy Westchester."

As a press conference held last week in White Plains, Michaelis thanked Astorino for his endorsement and went on to say that said the county budget is in dire need of trimming.

“We need to make real cuts, real savings and meaningful reductions to our $1.8 billion county budget,” he said. “Rob Astorino, my fellow challenger candidates and I all agree that we desperately need smaller, smarter county government that is less expensive for the taxpayers.  This is what will make Westchester a healthier place to live and that is why I am running.”

Michaels said the Candidates for a Healthy Westchester will focus on six key goals: property tax relief, job growth, transparency in government, cutting waste to preserve the social safety net, bi-partisan cooperation in government, and local zoning rights.

“What we do in county government today will determine Westchester's long-term fiscal health; it will determine whether or not our young people will be able to stay in this county and thrive,"  Astorino said. "I am working toward that end, but I need members of the County Board who share my vision. They are standing beside me today, and I am standing beside them in November.”

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