Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has blocked the Board of Legislators’ attempt to take back some control over the subsidized child care program.
He vetoed a bill Friday that would have required the Social Services commissioner to get the board’s approval before asking the state to approve a change in the family share for those receiving subsidized child care.
“In what has become an unfortunate and familiar pattern, your Honorable Board once again overreaches and attempts to exert power and control, without the requisite legal authority,” Astorino said in his veto message.
The board passed the bill after the Astorino administration moved at the beginning of April to increase the parent share from 20 percent of income above the poverty line to 35 percent of income, saying the program has a funding shortfall and that the change will allow more families to stay in the program. A comment period required before the state can approve the change ends May 14.
Legislators questioned the administration’s numbers and asked for a chance to transfer funds if necessary to fill any funding gap. Parents, they said, can’t afford the change. The administration said the change had to be done immediately to fill the gap.
Democratic Legislator Alfreda Williams said the veto reflected a lack of concern for working people.
“It’s very disappointing and really unfair and shameful,” she said.
Click here for a story on the move to raise the parent share.