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County Legislators Consider Budget Overrides

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Westchester legislators have scheduled a special meeting for 10 a.m. Thursday to allow lawmakers to vote on overriding 27 budget line items vetoed by County Executive Robert Astorino last week.

Lawmakers plan to override most of the $10 million cut out by Astorino's vetoes.

The legislators still have a Democratic super-majority until year's end, which could allow the Democratic lawmakers to override the vetoes without Republican support before new representatives are sworn in this January. However, the budget was supported by both sides of the aisle before the vetoes and is expected to largely garner bipartisan support during the override process.

Astorino vetoed $1.9 million for the Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center, the Hudson River Healthcare, and Open Door Family Medical Center.

The Republican county executive also nixed $4.3 million put in by lawmakers to keep parents contributions to subsidized day care down to 20 percent of the difference between their income and the poverty level, instead of the 35 percent percent co-payment Astorino proposed.

The administration also cut $990,000 for the Cornell Cooperative Extension, $243,436 used to continue the Rout 76 bus line, and slightly less than $2.5 million for Invest in Kids youth programs.

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