Lawmakers divided over 2013 budget vote

Westchester County legislators announce a bipartisan budget during

Westchester County legislators announce a bipartisan budget during a news conference in White Plains. (Dec. 7, 2012) Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

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Westchester County taxpayers say they're divided on how the county's 2013 budget was passed in a controversial vote Friday.

Only nine legislators -- seven Republicans and two Democrats -- voted on the budget Friday after eight Democrats walked out, claiming the meeting was adjourned.

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"We sent it back to committee and there was nothing else on the agenda," said Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers), chairman of the Legislature. "The meeting was adjourned."

Those who stayed behind say the meeting was never officially adjourned, making the budget vote legal.

"It's a fiscally prudent and socially responsible budget," said Mike Kaplowitz (D-Somers), one of two Democrats who stayed behind and voted. Kaplowitz says filing a lawsuit over the budget would be a waste of time.

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