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George Latimer takes oath of office as Westchester’s new county executive

Democratic leader says he’ll request state comptroller conduct fiscal review of the county

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WHITE PLAINS — George Latimer took the oath New Year’s Day Monday on the ninth floor of the Westchester County Office Building in what is now his new office, and he begins his term as Westchester County executive.

With some of his staff in attendance, Latimer wasted no time getting to business on his first day in office. Latimer says he is making a formal request to the state comptroller for a complete fiscal review of Westchester County.

"We want to make sure that we know exactly where we are fiscally as we begin this new administrative year. We have a long road ahead of us. We have that road together," Latimer said.

In addition to the fiscal review, Latimer says he is looking at shared services and was also asked about the future of Playland Park and the Westchester County Airport. He said his administration plans to look at both.

"We’re going to start with a fresh set of eyes. Evaluate them in light of the priorities that we have, which may or may not differ from the prior administration. If we wind up having a change in direction in negotiations, we'll certainly share that with you," Latimer said.

Latimer said he is kicking off a 2-week tour of change and is also going to launch a social media campaign for the county. He will continue to fill out his staff, and his inauguration is scheduled for Sunday at the Westchester County Center.

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