Minority Leader Criticizes Spano for Using Racist Card

8/17/2009 2:48:18 PM



Westchester County Legislator George Oros (R/C Cortlandt), Minority Leader of the Board of Legislators, issued the following statement today following the appearance of County Executive Andrew Spano at a meeting of the Budget Committee:


 “This morning, County Executive Andy Spano discussed plans to build subsidized housing in upscale communities as part of the federal lawsuit settlement. In the course of his remarks, the County Executive unjustifiably played the race card on Majority Leader Martin Rogowsky (D/Harrison), Vice Chairman Michael Kaplowitz (D/Somers) and Chairman of the Energy and Environment Committee Thomas Abinanti (D/Greenburgh). The County Executive apparently singled out those three legislators because since the announcement of the proposed settlement they have shared many of the same reservations as I and other legislators have regarding the terms of settlement the County Executive agreed to.


Over the years, I have butted heads with these three colleagues on numerous issues. They are strong advocates for their positions. Sometimes we agree; sometimes we don’t. But these are good men without a bigoted bone in their bodies.


Each of them has sensible questions regarding the County Executive’s plan to use taxpayers’ money on an abstruse exercise in social engineering. Their questions and even their intentions are not a sign of bigotry.  It is a sign of legislative diligence and integrity.”