Astorino: Bill Clinton Should Be ‘Thankful’ for Westchester Tax Cuts

Rob Astorino said Bill Clinton should show his gratitude for reductions in property taxes during his tenure as Westchester county executive.

Former President Bill Clinton (Photo: Getty Images).
Former President Bill Clinton (Photo: Getty Images). (Photo: Jewel Samad for AFP/Getty Images)

Former President Bill Clinton is endorsing Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a rally this evening, but Republican gubernatorial candidate Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino said the former commander-in-chief ought to be patting him on the back instead.

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Mr. Astorino reminded reporters that Mr. Clinton and his wife reside in his home county, where Mr. Astorino purports to have led the state in local tax cuts. The candidate called for the former leader of the free world to show some gratitude.

“President Clinton, who lives in Westchester, should be thankful that I cut his property taxes,” he said.

The GOP contender, who trails Mr. Cuomo by at least 20 points in most polls, tried to play down the importance of the popular ex-president’s endorsement. He noted that Mr. Clinton had repeatedly backed his opponents in Westchester, to no avail.

“President Clinton, twice, because he’s a Democrat, supported the Democratic county executive candidate in Westchester. And it didn’t matter to the people and to the vast majority of Democrats in Westchester, who voted for me because they wanted honesty, they wanted integrity, they wanted reform,” Mr. Astorino said.

Mr. Clinton did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Astorino: Bill Clinton Should Be ‘Thankful’ for Westchester Tax Cuts