Carolyn FortinoOct 9, 2017, 7:56 pmOct 10, 2017, 9:04 am

Sen. George Latimer, incumbent Rob Astorino set to face off for first debate

Lawmakers will be going toe-to-toe on Tuesday for the Westchester county executive race

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Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is squaring off against Senator George Latimer for the first big debate in the county executive race.

Hosted by the business council of Westchester at the Reckson Center in White Plains, the candidates are expected to speak on key issues such as economic development, the impact of closing Indian Point, the future of the county airport and the county budget.

"I think we're going to talk about the fiscal status of the county and the projection of the future. I've been critical of that and I can back that up with what I think is wrong and needs to be changed. I have been critical of what I think is a closed non-transparent government where you're not working with the board of legislators you’re not working with others in an open way," Senator Latimer said at a New Rochelle event where he proposed the expansion of the “My Brother's Keeper" program in Westchester.

Latimer says he has been preparing for this first debate for a long time and looks forward to discussing policy differences with Astorino.

"I wouldn't move forward with selling the county airport and the expansion, I oppose that. I've been very clear that there are some things we need to do on the environment that we're not doing, and I think it's laying out a positive argument and a positive argument that contrasts. Not just an attack on the other person," Latimer said.

County Executive Rob Astorino made a brief appearance at a Columbus Day event in Harrison.

FIOS1 News did attempt to contact his office for comment on the upcoming debate.

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