Westchester County Legislator George Oros (R, C, IN/Cortlandt) stressed the need for bi-partisan cooperation on all levels of government to significantly reduce wasteful spending during a recent guest appearance on state Assemblywoman Sandra Galef’s cable television program.

Oros, the minority leader of the Board of Legislators whose district covers Cortlandt, Peekskill and Yorktown, joined Putnam County Legislator Sam Oliverio (D/Putnam Valley) on “Speak Out with Sandy Galef” to emphasize the critical need for elected officials to look beyond their municipal borders in finding ways to cut costs and, subsequently, save taxpayers money.

“Reasonable people working together. It’s time that we break down those barriers and look at where we can share services and cut costs,” Oros said.

As one example of eliminating duplication, Oros mentioned the county’s Legacy Program where the county builds a ballfield in a municipality in exchange for the municipality taking ownership to every county road within its boundaries.

“For anything to work it has to come from the bottom up,” said Oros, referring to local representatives not only in government but also school districts agreeing to relinquish certain control.

Oros said in Westchester some progress has been made in the Board of Legislators getting a better handle on the budget, which this year totaled $1.7 billion, by having county commissioners discuss individual departments with legislators, although further reforms are needed.

“I like that system of doing it a little earlier,” he said. “It’s a never ending battle that we face trying to balance keeping our services and reducing the tax burden. In Westchester, we can do better.”

Galef agreed to make a difference there has to be a willingness among all levels of government to work together.

“We’re all in this together because the public gets the bill,” she said. “We have to be willing to change.”