"Listening to the chairman, there seems to be a complete separation from the reality of the economic issues that are going on," Smith said. "He's not hearing what's going on right now. We need to promote Westchester County as a place to do business."
At a March 2011 breakfast between the Westchester business community leaders and some County Board of Legislators members, Chairman Ken Jenkins spent time explaining why they were involved in the CSEA lawsuit against the County Executive. My quote from above, was captured by Gerald McKinstry in the next day’s Journal News (3/5/2011).
The business community was looking for the elected legislators to give their vision as to how they were going to promote the environment for economic growth within Westchester County. Instead they were treated to long-winded explanations and excuses, but no solutions or even ideas.
This past week, County Executive Astornio’s decision “to end a contract that was an unnecessary burden on taxpayers” generating an additional $500,000 per year in taxes to the County taxpayers, was upheld by a state Supreme Court judge.
There had to have been some members of the Democratic supermajority who thought that the Board of Legislators involvement in this legal action was inappropriate. Why didn't we hear their voices of displeasure? Where was their leadership in this issue? Where was their independence of their supermajority?
We need a change and we need it now.