Email urged Westchester workers to campaign for Astorino

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Westchester's Deputy Commissioner on Social Services Phillipe Gille asked employees to take a few days off from work to help in Executive Rob Astorino's campaign, according to an email obtained by News 12

He also asked employees to tell friends and family to vote for Astorino.

Astorino says the deputy commissioner did nothing wrong. 

"Somebody on his own time, sending it on his own computer, to his own friends to get out and vote, I think that's called democracy," Astorino told News 12

However, Frank Streng, of the New York Democratic Lawyers Council, said asking government employees to actively campaign during work time is "improper and illegal." 

Astorino is running against Democrat George Latimer in Tuesday's election. In a statement, Latimer says, "Voter suppression is illegal, it's racist, and it's another page right out of Trump/Bannon playbook."

The New York Democratic Lawyers Council has sent a letter expressing their concerns to the Attorney General's Office. Astorino says he doesn't plan on revoking the email.
 

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