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Business Council Supports Call for Union Negotiations

The Business Council of Westchester issued a statement Thursday in support of Robert Astorino's call for serious negotiations with the county's larger unions.

The Business Council of Westchester issued the following statement in responce to County Executive Robert Astorino's budget preview.

The Business Council of Westchester strongly supports County Executive Astorino’s call for serious and, if necessary, round the clock negotiations with the county’s largest unions. As today’s budget preview clearly demonstrates, county government is facing its own fiscal cliff. Failure to address the issuesat hand jeopardizes the fragile economic recovery under way in Westchester. Fiscal uncertainty is not conducive to business stability and growth. It also sends the wrong message to businesses we need to attract to Westchester. We can ill afford to see our business base erode. The time is clearly at hand to address headon the rapidly escalating cost of union health care benefits. Employees in the private sector have had to make sacrifices by contributing more to their healthcare benefits. It’s time for the county’s unions to make the concessions necessary to preserve their jobs and the fiscal health of the county. Raising taxes is not an option. We support the County Executive’s fiscally responsible approach and hiscall to the largest unions to work with him. Further, we urge the County Boardof Legislators to adopt a balanced budget for 2013 with no fiscal gimmicks that would risk the County losing its AAA bond rating.

Tom Murphy October 19, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Wow what a brave position for the business council to take a stand against unions. They would have much more credibility if they offered to pay a business excise tax to balance out any concessions that the unions might agree to. That way they would have some skin in the game and have some standing to involve themselves. Or perhaps one of the savings the county could realize is getting rid of the head of the business council's son who is a political appointee of Astorino and is on the county's payroll. Although I am sure that has nothing to do with the slavish devotion that the council has to Astorino's hard right positions.
Francis T McVetty October 20, 2012 at 06:26 PM
No Tom, it has to do with the promise that Astorino made when he was elected, to save the taxpayers money, but I guess that that doesn't concern you, you have yours. Which local do you belong to?
Tom Murphy October 20, 2012 at 11:54 PM
it represents. You and Astorini deserve each other. BTW...you never said I was wrong about the business councils son working for Astorino. Wonder how you would react if a democrat appointed him?
Tom Murphy October 21, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Frank, my money or lack thereof, is none of your business. It was all earned honestly through my knowledge and my sweat. I don't begrudge another worker his due for his labor that he has negotiated and earned. We wont build this country by attacking each other. Shall we now have a race to the bottom? You teabaggers, who are really controlled by business interests seem only interested in kicking down barns. You attack all forms of government at every turn. But you forget Frankie the the government is a reflection of us all,We the People. You hide behind the flag but denegrate the values that the flag represents. Why Franny do you hate America? You and Astorino deserve each other. You both need someone to scapegoat, whether it be workers or working Mom's. You both share the common world view of kissing up and kicking down.
jeff meyer October 21, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Francis, I think that Tom raises a legitimate point. Is he not allowed to offer a opinion if he belongs to a local. Have you ever belonged to a local? Have you ever worked in the public sector Francis? If so, should that disqualify you from rendering an opinion? Well Francis? Did you get yours too? Jeff Meyer Tuckahoe, NY
ED HICKEY October 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Bravo! A glimmer of hope in Westchester County; knowing desperate times call for desperate measures, I applaud the unions for expeditiously responding to Astorino's plea to negotiate as fiscally responsible and honestly with our work force. If everyone can tighten their belt ... and I mean everyone, not just the "good faith" unions, there may actually be hope for recovery.
mark October 21, 2012 at 02:42 PM
the county needs to start revaluating all this so called agricultural land being given tax breaks, stop giving tax breaks to faux farms.

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