Given the county’s financial situation — it’s broke — it’s simply not take on this project, Astorino said in his message to legislators.
“Restoration of Miller House is a project that should be undertaken with private contributions,” he said. “It is a worthwhile cause, but it is neither an essential service nor a priority for the county at a time when we are facing a $166 million deficit next year and large numbers of potential layoffs.”
It’s Astorino’s fourth veto since taking office.
The Board of Legislators, in a 14-1 vote last week, approved borrowing money to restore and eventually relocate the Ann and Elijah Miller house, which listed on the national and state Registers of Historic Places.
The board needs 12 votes to override a veto, so that may happen unless several legislators change their position.
“The Miller House is a precious relic of the American Revolution that cannot be allowed to wither and die disgracefully. The news of the county executive’s veto of the Miller Housing bonding is rather disappointing, given that this proposal passed the Board with an overwhelming bipartisan majority,” said Board Chairman Ken Jenkins of Yonkers. “The bonding would cost exactly $105,000 a year for the project. For Mr. Astorino to make statements about the fiscal irresponsibility of spending tax dollars on such projects showcasing the apathy this Administration has when it comes to maintaining cultural institutions within our County.”