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"Ask Astorino" Tele-Town Hall Draws Almost 21,000 Listeners; Poll Results

Almost 21,000 people called in to my tele-town hall Wednesday night. I really enjoy these tele-town halls. It is a way for me to speak directly to our residents.

Almost 21,000 people joined me Wednesday night for my fourth tele-town hall.  Residents from all over Westchester called in to ask me questions about everything from housing to Playland to small businesses to pensions and more.  I also took questions via Facebook and Twitter.

I really enjoy these tele-town halls. It is a way for me to speak directly to our residents, find out what is on their minds and tell them how county government is responding to their concerns.

Listeners had a chance to participate in three poll questions throughout the town hall.  Here are the questions and results (percentages rounded off):

When the new Tappan Zee Bridge is built, should some form of mass transit be included? Yes, 73%; No, 27%.

What is the most pressing issue facing you and your family? Taxes, 58 percent; jobs, 23%; flooding, 6%; environment, 5%; daycare, 4%.

Do you support the county's efforts to keep the federal government from expanding the terms of the 2009 housing settlement? Yes, 74%; No, 21%; I don't know, 5%.

If you missed it, you can listen to the audio recording at www.westchestergov.com

Rob Astorino

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H. Robinson June 03, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino said (skip to minute 7:15) in his Tele-Town Hall, " We've got to basically all band together and make sure that we speak with one voice to Albany so they can't divide and conquer as they've been able to do ...And there's something...I think people should understand... you should go on online and get behind this movement. It's a website called BEST4NY.org ...a grassroots organization that has been popping up around the county. And it is an online petition that you can sign and it is demanding of the Governor and the State legislature to pass meaningful mandate relief to help ease the burden on all of our taxpayers and get local control as opposed to Albany deciding what we have to do." Voters can help pressure Albany to provide mandate relief by signing the petition. Thanks for the shout-out, CE Astorino, BEST4NY

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