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McKinstry: A price for Independence nod in Westchester County

Dr. Giulio Cavallo, chairman of the Westchester County

(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

In his bid for re-election, Rob Astorino didn't get the Westchester Independence Party's nomination for county executive. It went to Democrat Noam Bramson.

No big surprise there.

That party's boss, Giulio Cavallo, endorsed Astorino in 2009, but soon after became disenchanted with the Republican. Now, as Cavallo was doling out endorsements this week, he's saying that Astorino is too far...

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McKinstry: Don’t take your eyes off Ken Jenkins

Ken Jenkins attends the Westchester County Democratic convention

(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Before losing the Democratic nod to run for Westchester County executive, Ken Jenkins gave a rousing speech.

He was clear, focused and inspired.

He was part preacher, part politician, and didn’t fumble around for words or speak in circles. In all my years covering county government, it was the best I’ve ever seen Jenkins.

Before a crowd of roughly 2,000 Democrats at the Westchester...

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McKinstry: HUD controversy looms over 2013 Westchester campaign

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino speaks during a

(Credit: Faye Murman)

Much of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino's fourth State of the County address Tuesday night sounded like his others: He pledged another year with no tax increase, touted his plans for changing Playland and outlined his efforts to promote business and spur economic development — all while protecting social services.

And there were shout-outs to county residents who accomplished great...

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McKinstry: Westchester Democrats win lawsuit, but few are paying attention

Ken Jenkins, chairman of the Westchester County Board

(Credit: Nancy Siesel)

Score one for the Dems.

Democrats on the Westchester County Board of Legislators won one of its many legal challenges against County Executive Rob Astorino.

This latest suit was a dispute over an appointment to the Board of Acquisition and Contracts, a powerful trio historically made up of the county executive, the county board chairman and the public works commissioner, an Astorino...

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McKinstry: Court fights are no way to run Westchester

The Westchester County Office Building in downtown White

(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

And then there were three.

A New York State Supreme Court justice on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Westchester County Board of Legislators against County Executive Rob Astorino, whittling the number of court fights between the two branches down to three.

The dismissal left both sides claiming victory, though it’s more likely to leave taxpayers scratching their heads: They’re...

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