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Westchester County gears up for 2025 state budget talks

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Westchester County Executive George Latimer and New York State Assemblyman Gary Pretlow are set to take center stage in a joint press conference, addressing the proposed 2025 New York State Budget outlined by Governor Kathy Hochul.

The dynamic duo will shed light on the strategic plans and shared priorities that will shape the forthcoming State Budget cycles.

In an effort to champion the interests of Westchester County residents, Latimer and Pretlow will collaboratively engage with New York State lawmakers to secure funding for pivotal initiatives. The County, keen on building on past successes, aims to navigate the budgetary landscape to propel Westchester forward.

Expressing anticipation for the collaborative effort, Latimer remarked, “Gary has been a longtime friend to the residents of Westchester, and I look forward to identifying key policies and programs with him and the entire State delegation.”

The County Executive emphasized the importance of cooperation with Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to optimize assistance for Westchester’s diverse community.

Assemblyman Pretlow echoed Latimer’s sentiment, stating, “Our job as lawmakers is to better understand the needs of our constituencies and advocate on their behalf.”

Highlighting the State Budget as a critical avenue for impactful change, Pretlow expressed eagerness to work closely with the County to address the unique needs of Westchester residents.

Nestled in the historic Hudson Valley, Westchester County spans 500 square miles and is home to a vibrant population of just over one million residents.

Once inhabited by the Lenape tribe, the county now stands as a melting pot of cultures, boasting bustling cities, quaint villages, and picturesque towns, alongside expansive open spaces and a network of scenic parks.

Comprising six cities, 19 towns, and 20 villages, Westchester County is renowned for its exceptional public schools and high quality of life. Recognized as an intellectual capital, the county boasts a highly educated workforce, competitive colleges and universities, Fortune 500 companies, world-changing non-profits, and cutting-edge research centers.

Guiding Westchester’s trajectory is County Executive George Latimer, who assumed office in January 2018.

Focused on inclusion and openness, Latimer is steadfast in his commitment to transform Westchester into a destination where people from all walks of life can live, work, and thrive.

The collaborative efforts of Latimer and Pretlow underscore the dedication to enhancing the county’s standing and ensuring a prosperous future for its residents.

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