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Astorino Afternoon on the Hudson

One of my favorite things to do as county executive is get out of the office and meet people. Last Thursday, I spent the afternoon in Cortlandt Manor, Croton-on-Hudson and Ossining.

One of my favorite things to do as county executive is get out of the office and meet people.

Last Thursday, I spent the afternoon in Cortlandt Manor, Croton-on-Hudson and Ossining.

First, I joined my fellow Rotarians for the Peekskill Rotary’s weekly lunch at the Cortlandt Colonial Restaurant. We are lucky to have residents like Rotary Club President Andrea Blizard and her fellow officers who are dedicated to serving our communities. The county has a great relationship with the Peekskill Rotary, and I am looking forward to the club’s 42nd Annual Horse Show, which will be held at the county’s Blue Mountain Reservation this September 22 and 23.

Then I was joined by County Legislator John Testa at the Sky View Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Croton-on-Hudson.  We stopped by to chat with residents. They asked us a wide-range of questions on topics from taxes and jobs to Playland and Indian Point as well as my radio career prior to being elected to office. I got the chance to meet each of Sky View’s resident council officers and some of the hard working members of the staff.

In Ossining, I visited residents of Atria on the Hudson, an assisted living facility specializing in independent living and memory care. In addition to the many programs at Atria, Stephen Nichols, the executive director, told me about their environmental initiatives, which earned them a Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

I capped off the afternoon with Fire Chief Tom Reddy and the members of the Ossining Volunteer Fire Department as they prepared for their annual inspection.  The department . Washington Hook and Ladder Company #2 initially formed in 1812 as the Washington Engine Company and is the oldest fire company in Westchester County.

Seeing old friends and meeting new ones in a beautiful part of Westchester is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Rob Astorino

Westchester County Executive

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Leslie Lawler July 31, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Sky View is most grateful that County Executive Astorino and County Legislator Testa spent time with us! It was a wonderful, informative afternoon and the residents thoroughly enjoyed chatting with you both! Thanks again and we look forward to more visits!

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