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Westchester County Legislator District 9

District 9: Briarcliff Manor, part of Cortlandt, Croton-on-Hudson, Ossining, part of Peekskill.Term: 2 years Salary: $49,200 BaseDuties: Among the duties of each County Legislator is to enact laws dealing with the County and its residents; to adopt an annual budget and to levy taxes; to determine the structure of County Government and the number of County employees and their salaries; and to initiate new projects and programs as the need arises. There are 17 County Districts.
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    Catherine A. Borgia (D, WF, WE, GRE) Westchester County Legislator

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    Robert J. Outhouse (R, C, IN, REF) Retired

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City/Town of Residence Ossining, NY
Current Political Office County Legislature, LD 9 Majority Leader
Education BA, Binghamton University (SUNY) MBA, NYU Stern School of Business
Prior Civic Service Town Supervisor, Town of Ossining Village Trustee, Village of Ossining Chief of Staff, Assemblywoman Sandy Galef President, Junior League of Northern Westchester PTA President
Campaign Web Site http://CatherineBorgia.com
Campaign Phone (914) 262-8873
We must help the hard-working people of Westchester County by passing legislation that protect their health safety and welfare. That's why I sponsored the Immigration Protection Act so that everyone in Westchester feels free to interact with County law enforcement and other employees; to make it clear that Westchester is a welcoming community; and to increase public safety for all. Earned Paid Sick leave is another priority to make sure that hard-working people in Westchester can take time off when they are sick without being placed in financial harm or spreading illness to their co-workers or the public. We must get our budget back into balance. Borrowing form the future and one-shot deals will only cost Westchester taxpayers more in future. Our infrastructure has been sorely neglected. We must re-invest so that we can attract new business and increase the public safety of traveling on our roads and enjoying our beautiful parks. I
The current County Executive's budgets have long relied on one-shot revenue sources like the selling of valuable county assets, depleting the fund balance, and borrowing heavily from the future for today's operating expenses. That is not tenable in the long run and will cost Westchester taxpayers more in the future. Under the current County Executive's administration, we have failed to take a leadership role in working collectively with local governments to find ways to share services and resources to decrease the tax burden on Westchester residents.
City/Town of Residence Croton on Hudson
Current Political Office None
Education Graduate of Hendrick Hudson High School. I completed my Bachelors of Science degree from Manhattan College with concentration in Organizational Management.
Prior Civic Service I served as a Westchester County Police Officer/ Detective 23 years, Life Member, Past Fire Chief, President, Trustee Buchanan Engine Company, Charter Member Cortlandt Community Volunteer Ambulance, NYS EMT with Croton EMS, President Westchester County Volunteer Fireman's Association, President Westchester County Parade Judges Association, Past Deputy Director Emergency Management Village of Buchanan, Past Town of Cortlandt girls basketball & softball coach, Past CYO girls basketball coach.
Campaign Phone (914) 760-2331
Twitter @RobertOuthouse
If elected, I will focus on five critical issues facing our community: First, I will work to reduce, or hold flat our property taxes. We live in the highest taxed county in America, and we need to make it more affordable, not less. Second, I will work with the business community to grow our economy and create good paying jobs. Third, I will support our police and first responders with the tools and resources they need to protect us. Fourth, we will combat the heroin/opioid crisis that is a scourge on our community. In April, we saw our 17th overdose in 4 years. As a retired police officer and volunteer firefighter, I will use my experience to work with the County Executive on project WORTHY, so that we tackle this epidemic and protect our community. Lastly, the closure of Indian Point will have a negative effect on our community, from lost tax revenues and jobs to decreased energy production. Working together, we can mitigate the impact and protect our community.
The primary function of any government is to provide safety and security to all its residents and provide assistance to those who need it most. The security and well-being of our residents should never suffer and will remain a top priority in the budget. Over the last seven years, the County has been able to hold flat the tax levy and reduce some spending, while increasing the social safety net because they prioritized our expenditures. We need to continue down that path with a review of our county's assets, liabilities and all sources of potential revenues that may not currently be utilized in the best interest of the County. We need to look at how funds are allocated to different programs and make assessments. While the taxes in my district are predicted to skyrocket due to the closure of Indian Point, I will look for new and creative ways to off-set those devastating increases in taxes. Working together, we can keep property taxes flat while maintaining essential services.

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