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Astorino Addresses New Rochelle Organizations

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino was the keynote speaker at the second annual state of the county address to the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of New Rochelle’s joint meeting at the Davenport Club Wednesday.

“We’re out here to talk to the good folks of New Rochelle and also listen to them,” said Edwin McCormack, director of communications and senior adviser to the office of the county executive.

Wednesday’s visit was one of many visits around the county for Astorino to inform New Rochelle residents about what the county administration is working on.  He gave an overview about how the county ended up in the 2011 fiscal year and what was being looked at for the official state of the county address in April.

“We ended last year on a high note,” said Astorino in his speech.

The county executive continued on with current items the county was looking for this year including the safety and full-capacity use of the Tappan Zee Bridge, the issue about who and what will take over Rye Playland, which is currently owned by the county, and obtaining money for the housing settlement issue.

“It’s important for the residents to be advised on those,” he said about Westchester citizens.

Cynthia Lobo, president of the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce, addressed the crowd after an introduction from Eli Cohen, the chamber’s executive director. Lobo then familiarized chamber members, rotary club members and city officials with Astorino.

“It’s important for the community to be able to hear from elected officials on the matter of the economy and health of the county,” she said prior to her address.

Chamber members John and Mary Ann Giacobbe of the Imperial Night Club said they agreed with Astorino’s points during his address. “He’s right on the ball,” said Mary Ann Giacobbe.

Ray Beninato, vice president of the Rotary Club, and the rest of the organization also found Astorino’s speech beneficial.

“We’re happy to have him here at this event,” Beninato said.

The chamber provides networking opportunities for its members, along with providing them with something they can use.  The chamber next meets at the Davenport Club Feb. 16 for its regular meeting.

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