Rethinking Westchester Government drew the coverage of Cablevision's News 12 and The Journal News yesterday with the announcement of a new website and blog.
We were out there in front of the County Building. At least three County Legislators walked by to check us out, two taking out flyer with enthusiasm and one in particular speaking to News 12.
I hope News 12 will broadcast County Legislator John Nonna's statement to the press, especially since he was the only elected county official with the courage to speak to journalists. They interviewed Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner and our website editor Candyce Corcoran.
"While Feiner's group will surely contribute to the mania, it represents the kinder, gentler segment of the anti-county government movement. They want to "rethink" government, not douse it with a flamethrower."
We are Rethinking Westchester Government. We are not Sam Zherka. We are not the Westchester Guardian and we're not about to be bullied by any side of this debate either. The taxpayers are the being bullied enough -- with nearly half of non-school district taxes stemming from this inflated bureaucracy called county government.
Over the coming months, there will be growing concerns about taxation and the cost of government. Rather than fall prey to hyperbole, Rethinking is seeking a reasonable approach through petition drives and open forums to come up with some problem-solving.
Meanwhile, the County Executive didn't speak to the press. He had a surrogate speak for him. This is nothing new. I couldn't help but note that Andrew Spano's newest deputy is doing precisely what the last flack-master did in his position, speaking like a Charlie McCarthy dummy whenever is there bad news.
Does Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano ever take a question on a negative news story about his branch of government?
And they're calling us political?