Letter To The Editor: Borgia's Astorino-Nazi Comparison Is A New Low

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Bob Outhouse
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Westchester County Legislator Catherine Borgia calling County Executive Rob Astorino a “Nazi” is a new low for her. It’s also wrong on so many levels.

First, Rob Astorino is a good, decent and honorable man. Only a hyper-partisan would call Rob such a vile name but sadly, that’s who Catherine Borgia is.

Second, we get enough of the toxic political discourse nationally, unfortunately. For Ms. Borgia to infuse such hatred and ugliness into Westchester’s politics is shameful. We deserve better.

And lastly, and perhaps most importantly, the trivialization of the word “Nazi” is an affront to the large Jewish population who live in Westchester. Nazism was an evil ideology that exterminated millions of Jews during World War II. People know what the word “Nazi” connotes – wicked evil. To assign such a label to a political opponent over a policy dispute, as Catherine Borgia did, is ignorant, reckless and disrespectful.

Ms. Borgia has received bipartisan condemnation. Michael Kaplowitz (D-Somers), Chairman of the Board of Legislators, called Ms. Borgia’s hateful remarks “wrong and inexcusable.”

Yet, Ms. Borgia still refuses to fully apologize. Such stubbornness underscores the arrogance of someone who has lost touch with the good folks she was elected to represent – someone more focused on hyper-politics and not helping people.

It’s unfortunate that this whole sordid episode had to occur but it highlights a key reason why I decided to run for county legislature against Catherine Borgia. Her temperament and hyper-partisan focus is a poor fit for the middle-class families and seniors of Ossining, Briarcliff, Croton, Cortlandt and Peekskill.

I know because I have lived here all my life, served this community for 26 years as a county police officer and 38 years as a volunteer firefighter. The hard-working people here want safe communities, good jobs and lower property taxes and they want their elected representatives to focus on those interests, not on the divisive, self-serving politics that Catherine Borgia is obsessed with.

Bob Outhouse

Candidate – Westchester County Legislator – District 9

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