January 27, 2010

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GOP legislators support Astorino proposal to cut county health insurance expenses

WHITE PLAINS – Republican lawmakers on the Westchester County Board of Legislators have endorsed fellow Republican County Executive Robert Astorino’s proposal to require non-union county employees to contribute 15 percent of their health care costs.

The proposal is presently in committee of the Democratic dominated legislature.

Republican Legislator John Testa of Peekskill said this is one new approach to saving the county money in these tough economic times.

“We believe it’s something that needs to be done at this time and we are also asking our fellow legislators as a group to also participate in contributing 15 percent,” he said. “With the savings it would be over $1 million for the county and I think it’s something in this day and age that we have to do.”

Astorino has already said he would voluntarily pay 15 percent of his health insurance premium.

The Dutchess County Legislature earlier this week voted to require a 15 percent contribution by lawmakers and the county comptroller effective January 1 and from the county executive, county clerk, sheriff and district attorney effective January 1, 2012, which would be after the next election for those offices.

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