Pete Harckham on the Issues Facing Westchester's Families
Taxes, Spending, Government Reform
Pete understands that current property tax levels are crushing our families’ and our seniors’ ability to stay in Westchester and hampering business’s ability to remain competitive. As a fiscal conservative, Pete has a proven record of cutting taxes, reducing spending and shrinking the size of government through consolidation, departmental merger and streamlining, while at the same time maintaining vital services.
Cut taxes by 2.2%, reduced county spending by $100 million and downsized the size of the county workforce by 15%.
Fought to maintain investments that help to keep our families working and in their homes, and off of costly mandated social services.
Maintained the county’s AAA rating with all three credit rating agencies.
Successfully passed two voluntary separation plans for County employees that reduced the size of the county workforce by 10%, saving taxpayers tens of millions of dollars annually going forward.
Successfully passed groundbreaking county employee benefits reform package that will save taxpayers millions of dollars.
Opposed county executive’s budget containing more than $5 million in patronage jobs.
Successfully reduced Board of Legislators budget by 11%.
Successfully passed term limits legislation limiting the number of terms for legislators and the county executive.
Successfully cosponsored legislation granting property tax breaks to volunteer emergency first-responders and veterans.
Successfully opposed stipend increases for legislative leadership.
Successfully opposed pay increases for top county management.
Coauthored report tightening BOL spending, procurement and personnel policies.
Voted against increases in filing fees for the county clerk’s office.
Served on BOL Stimulus Task Force, securing over $50 million in funds for Westchester County.
Passed LDC legislation enabling nonprofits to obtain low-interest financing to expand facilities and to create jobs.