Westchester County budget is ‘structurally unbalanced,’ Democrats charge

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WHITE PLAINS – The majority party Democrats on the Westchester County Board of Legislators did not get their way Monday when they attempted to reject Republican County Executive Robert Astorino’s proposed $1.8 billion budget for next year.
Democrats have a one vote margin over Republicans and with two Democrats voting with the GOP members, the budget passed by a 10 to seven margin.
Majority Leader Catherine Borgia expressed concern that the county would run out of money in the new year.
“It’s just a very shaky number and we are just worried that we are going to come up short as we are coming up short in the 2015 budget year.” Borgia said.  “We anticipate we are going to have a shortfall of somewhere between $10 and $20 million from our fund balance, which is like our savings account.”
With the spending plan approved, Borgia said she has had assurances from the county executive’s office that he would sign it.