Democrats seek to replace County Executive Rob Astorino amid gubernatorial campaign

Some Democratic Westchester County legislators allege that Rob Astorino is shirking his duties as county executive. County Legislator Catherine Borgia is one of eight Democrats calling for a special election to replace the county executive. (5/4/14)

YONKERS - Some Democratic Westchester County legislators allege that Rob Astorino is shirking his duties as county executive.

County Legislator Catherine Borgia is one of eight Democrats calling for a special election to replace the county executive.

She says that Astorino is in violation of a county charter by failing to devote his whole time to his executive duties.

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They group alleges that since two days after winning re-election last fall, Astorino has made 37 trips outside the county to fundraise and campaign.

"If he's not here, we've seen that things are not managed correctly and it's really having an impact on the health, safety, and welfare, not to mention pocketbooks of Westchester County taxpayers," Borgia says.

On Monday, Democrats will introduce a resolution seeking to declare the Office of County Executive vacant. However, it's unclear if and when there will be a vote and whether it will pass. Election lawyers also say the fight would likely head to court if it did.

Astorino's campaign spokesperson calls the resolution “embarrassing partisan nonsense by a small group of headline chasers.”

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