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Twenty (20) Union Affiliates Join Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester and Putnam in Endorsing County Executive Rob Astorino for Re-Election

“County Executive Astorino understands that lower taxes and good fiscal management means new and better jobs for hardworking people. No one works harder to put food on the table for their families than our members, and they know Rob Astorino has their back. This is an easy endorsement. Westchester is seeing real economic growth under Astorino’s leadership, and we need to keep it going.”

Westchester-Oct.5…Twenty (20) union affiliates of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester and Putnam today endorsed Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino for re-election, citing Astorino’s disciplined fiscal leadership as an impetus for the surge in construction and job growth in the county.

More than 44,000 new private sector jobs have to come to Westchester under Astorino’s leadership, with thousands more in the pipeline, and new developments are breaking ground at a rapid and increasing pace. As promised, Mr. Astorino has never once raised the county property tax levy — it’s 2% lower than it was in 2010 when he entered office — helping not only homeowners and renters make ends meet, but helping retain and attract commercial businesses being priced out of New York City.

“County Executive Astorino understands that lower taxes and good fiscal management means new and better jobs for hardworking people,” said Ed Doyle, President of the 35,000-member Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester and Putnam Counties. “No one works harder to put food on the table for their families than our men and women, and they know Rob Astorino has their back. This is an easy endorsement. Westchester is seeing real economic growth under Astorino’s leadership, and we need to keep it going.”

“I could not be prouder than to be endorsed by the 35,000 men and women of the Building and Construction Trades Council,” County Executive Astorino said. “These men and women are literally building Westchester’s future at rising business and residential development projects going up every day.”

“Insane county tax increases year after year were driving families and businesses out of Westchester in droves before I came into office,” County Executive Astorino continued. “My mission has been to tame that at the county level, and after seven years of cutting waste, reducing the size of government, and watching the bottom line like a hawk for the taxpayer, we are seeing the fruits of our efforts bearing out in strong job growth and exciting business development interest that will generate more jobs and revenue in the immediate years to come. That’s my focus going forward: fiscal discipline, tax stability, and job growth for Westchester families.”

Westchester County has the highest bond rating in New York State and the best educated workforce among counties in America. Unemployment stands at 4.1%, according the latest job statistics, below the New York State (4.3%) and national average (4.4%).

The following union affiliates were among those represented at today’s endorsement news conference:

PLUMBERS/STEAMFITTERS LOCAL 21

TEAMSTERS LOCAL 456

TEAMSTERS LOCAL 814

ASBESTOS WORKERS LOCAL 91

IRONWORKERS LOCAL 40

OPERATING ENGINEERS LOCAL 137

TEAMSTERS LOCAL 813

ORNAMENTAL IRONWORKERS LOCAL 580

BOILERMAKERS LOCAL 5
IRONWORKERS LOCAL 417

BRICKLAYERS ALLIED CRAFTS LOCAL5

HEAVY CONSTRUCTION LOCAL 60

TILE, MARBLE & TERRAZZO LOCAL 7

NORTH EAST REGIONAL COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS L279

BUILDING LABORERS LOCAL 235

ROAD SPRINKLER LOCAL 669

DOCKBUILDERS LOCAL 1556

METALLIC LATHERS LOCAL 46

RESILIENT FLOOR COVERS LOCAL 2287

ELECTRICAL WORKERS LOCAL 3

OPERATING ENGINEERS LOCAL 15D

SHEET METAL LOCAL 38

ELEVATOR CONSTRUCTORS LOCAL 1

IUOE LOCAL 30

STONE, DERRICKMEN & RIGGERS IRONWORKERS LOCAL 197

PLASTERERS LOCAL 262

SHEET METAL WORKERS LOCAL 137

CEMENT MASONS LOCAL 780

METAL POLISHERS

MILLWRIGHTS LOCAL 740

UNION OF ROOFERS LOCAL 8

ELECTRICAL WORKERS LOCAL 363

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