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Democrats Claim Astorino's Radio Jobs Conflict With County Exec Duties

Westchester Democrats are attacking Rob Astorino saying his consulting work is a conflict with his responsibilities as County Executive.
Westchester Democrats are attacking Rob Astorino saying his consulting work is a conflict with his responsibilities as County Executive. Photo Credit: File

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Westchester County Democrats Pete Harckham (D-North Salem) and Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) announced they intend to hold hearings to determine if County Executive Rob Astorino is delinquent of duty.

The call for hearings comes on the heels of a published report that Astorino earned approximately $30,000 a year as a consultant for a major media corporation, Connecticut-based Townsquare Media, which owns 312 radio stations, more than 30 of which are located in upstate New York.

Democrats have been taking Astorino to task since February 2014 over his time spent campaigning and consulting instead of keeping his attention at the county level.

“I think it’s time for County Executive Astorino to come clean about a number of serious issues, including how much time each week he is devoting to campaigning and working as an outside consultant,” Harckham said in a statement. “Westchester residents deserve to know whether their County Executive is truly ‘on the job’ or not.”

Jenkins and Harckham said they will seek to find out if Astorino received permission or a waiver from the Westchester County Ethics Board to have a second job while fulfilling his responsibilities as Westchester County Executive.