Astorino's answer fell short, according to Yonkers Democrat Ken Jenkins, who reacted: “Well, he can start with renouncing his support for a president who incites this type of hate to begin with. How about refusing to implement hurtful policies that show callous disregard for tolerance and equality.”
Earlier today, Rob Astorino, when asked about President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration, stated that “it is the right thing to do.”
As more and more Westchester County residents make clear their opposition to President Trump’s Immigration Executive Order, now is the time for County Executive Rob Astorino to do the same.
The President’s un-American Executive Order calls for an added religion and ethnicity test. There is no place for this; not here, not in Westchester. The County Executive needs to denounce these actions that have no place in Westchester County.
Legislator Ken Jenkins speaks on veto of the bill prohibiting gun shows on county property.
“County resources should not be used to promote violent weapons, plain and simple,” said Legislator Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers), who is the author and sponsor of this legislation every term since 2010. “The County Center is the home of a local basketball team, many of our children have graduated in that building, each weekend it is filled with County residents excited to learn about whatever new exhibit is in town. To profit from this is just not the business Westchester residents want to be in,” concluded Jenkins.
“Today, County Executive Astorino chose to bring thousands of guns into Westchester County instead of heeding the calls of thousands of Westchester residents. The proliferation of guns in our communities is a public health crisis and prohibiting the sale of guns on County property is a good first step in stemming this horrific tide. I encourage all Westchester County residents to make their voice heard and call for an override vote of this Veto,” stated Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining).
Act #9417, which prohibits participation in a gun show on County Property, passed this evening by a vote of 9 to 8. Legislator Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers), the original sponsor of the bill, was joined by his Democratic colleagues in the passage of this measure which was first proposed after the tragedy which took place at Sandy Hook.
“The passage of this Act is a victory for the taxpayers of Westchester County. As I have been saying since I first introduced this measure in 2010, the use of County owned facilities to host shows which promote weapons, as well as other various symbols of violence and hatred, is not what we as a County should be doing,” said Legislator Jenkins. “To profit from this is just not the business Westchester residents want to be in. I hope all of my colleagues as well as the County Executive see the support this Act has through those who have called, emailed, tweeted, Facebook posted, written, and attended here this evening and join in its passage and implementation,” added Jenkins.
“It was moving to witness the support this measure has, from the petition with over 5000 signatures to countless number of messages my colleagues and I received since the January gun and knife show was announced,” said Legislator Catherine Parker(D-Rye). “I was proud to be a part of this grassroots movement and vote yes on this important Act. Our County facilities are not intended to be used to invite dangerous weapons into our backyards,” continued Parker.
The Act will now be sent to the County Executive for his signature.
“I do not believe that County government should be promoting, encouraging, aiding and abetting the proliferation of guns in our community by using taxpayers’ buildings for guns shows,” said Legislator Lyndon Williams (D-Mount Vernon). “We must take a stand against the proliferation of guns in our community. These guns are not manufactured in our city. They are often purchased out-of-state at gun shops and gun shows with weak gun control laws and procedures. Westchester County should not be in the business of aiding and abetting the peddling of dangerous weapons,” concluded Williams.
I’m running in 2017 and I’d like to tell you why.
Westchester has always been known as a place for ambitious people, hardworking men and women looking to provide for their families. Our environment, our diversity, our economic advantages, and our educational system are just some of the reasons that brought my family here and probably brought you to Westchester as well.
My family and every other family I know make decisions based on realistic and practical budgets. We know we cannot spend more money than we have and if we do, there are real consequences for doing so.
Westchester County government is no different. Our budget has been mismanaged, and these are just a few of the consequences:
- our roads and bridges are not repaired regularly
- we have to fight for funding our public safety efforts properly, hoping that nobody is hurt while corners are cut
- we can’t provide help for those who need mental health services, protection from more frequent flooding in coastal communities or basic park services
You deserve a County Executive who can manage the challenges we face and set us up for success in the future. You deserve a County executive that will work for you.
There are a few ways to show support, and help us achieve these goals:
- Make a financial contribution
- Sign up to Volunteer
- Help friends and family sign up for our email list
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Under my administration, with better financial management, we can plan for the future and as County Executive; I’d make sure that nobody is left behind as we go.