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County Executive-elect Latimer wants more input on airport bidPosted: Updated:
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino as part of his final days in office picked the company that he wants to run the county airport, but the man slated to take over the position says he wants further input.
Astorino selected Macquarie Infrastructure to handle operating Westchester County Airport in White Plains. His announcement came just two days after losing his bid for re-election. Astorino says the public-private partnership will net the county more than $1 billion during its 40-year lease.
Macquarie Infrastructure was chosen unanimously by a bipartisan task force. The company was one of three to submit proposals. Renderings show that the company plans to improve the airport but not expand its footprint.
Macquarie still has to submit its lease to the Westchester Board of Legislators. It requires 12 'yes' votes to pass.
But County Executive-elect George Latimer says more needs to be done first.
"On Tuesday Westchester voted for change," Latimer tells News 12. "I would hope that any plans for monetization of our airport would include the input of our residents and the new administration. To commit Westchester to a multiyear deal in the waning days of this administration is unconscionable."
Macquarie, for its part, says: "We are pleased that our message -- investing in quality, working closely with the surrounding communities and investing more in environmental protection -- was well-received."