Westchester County Executive Latimer focuses on economy, schools during pandemic in State of the County
Westchester County Executive George Latimer focused on the COVID-19 pandemic during his State of the County address.
Latimer tried to put a positive spin on the pandemic, despite the fact the virus has taken the lives of almost 1,500 Westchester residents.
The county executive pointed to efforts that have been made to help communities, businesses and families get back on their feet. Some of the efforts include programs and millions of dollars in grants for immediate financial relief.
"These last few months have been trying," says Latimer. "We have buried our neighbors and seen our loved ones suffer. We've seen fear in our children's eyes, and through it all we have worked every day to carry this county through dark times.
Latimer touched on everything from the economy to reopening school districts as well as the $2.1 billion 2020 budget that included a $1 million cut to the Westchester County Property Tax Levy.
While he focused on what's to come in 2021, Latimer said what's in store for the new year is still unclear since a lot depends on Washington and Albany.
Latimer says as difficult as this year has been, he believes Westchester remains strong.
The county executive also spoke about the upcoming election. He says there are plans in place that include assistance with additional polling place inspectors, replacement polling sites and promotion for early voting, which begins Saturday.