NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson wants Westchester to know he intends to make shared services a priority.
Bramson outlined a plan in Mount Pleasant this week "to show real leadership for Westchester taxpayers by helping local municipalities and school districts save money by focusing on shared services," according to a press release from Bramson's office. Bramson made the announcement during a press conference in Mount Pleasant, highlighting his plan compared to County Executive Robert Astorino's plan, according to the release.
"We don’t have to eliminate villages or consolidate small districts, we just have to make it easier for them to work together," said Bramson in the release. "That takes County leadership. It’s not enough to hold a forum six weeks before an election, when action on shared services is urgently needed every day of the year. This isn’t pie-in-the-sky, either. It’s simple, straightforward, practical -- and we’ve done it before."
At the press conference, Bramson "laid out a step-by-step strategy for achieving significant cost savings through shared services within his first year in office," according to the release. Bramson also noted that during Astorino's time in office, Westchester taxpayers "had paid out more than $800 million for increases in property tax levies, including a nearly 25 percent increase in Astorino’s own property taxes," according to the release.
"Unfortunately, like Republicans in the House of Representatives, Rob Astorino refuses to take responsibility or to take action," Bramson said in the release. "His 'Tea Party with a Smile' philosophy says to all of us – that’s not my problem, that’s your problem. Local leaders are ready, willing and able to rise to this challenge, but they need a partner as County Executive who will stop paying lip service to taxpayers and start providing real solutions."