Elect Robert J. Outhouse Westchester County Legislator District 9

PEEKSKILL - CORTLANDT MANOR

CROTON-ON-HUDSON - OSSINING -  BRIARCLIFF MANOR

Police Officer - Firefighter- Father



My Family

My wife Angela, who is my everything.

Our six children, Michelle, Melissa, Christine, Lisa, Danielle and Michael.  Their spouse/significant others and our treasured grandchildren.  

Endorsed by: Republican, Conservative, & Reform Party. Won the Independence Party Primary 09/12/17


****ENDORSEMENTS****

Endorsed by: Republican Party, Conservative Party, Independence Party, Reform Party


County Executive Rob Astorino


State Senator Terrance Murphy


Assemblyman Kevin Byrne


Hastings-on-Hudson Police Benevolent Association 


Asian-American Republican Committee


Westchester Hispanic Law Enforcement Associates


Latino National Republican Committee


BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES OF WESTCHESTER AND PUTNAM COUNTIES, NEW YORK  Affiliated with the AFL-CIO

The following Unions are affiliates of this Building Trades Council: Asbestos Workers Local 91, Metal Polishers Local 8A-28A, Boilermakers Local 5, Millwrights Local 740, Bricklayers & Allied Crafts Local 5, Operating Engineers Local 15, Operating Engineers Local 30 North East Regional Carpenters Local 279, Operating Engineers Local 137, United Cement Masons’ Union Local 78, Dockbuilders Local 1456, Operative Plasterers Local 262, Electricians Local 3, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 21, Electricians Local 363, Resilient Floor Coverers Local 2287, Elevator Constructors Local 1, Riggers Local 197, Road Sprinkler Fitters Local 669, Ironworkers District Council, Roofers & Waterproofers Local 8, Iron Workers Local 40, Sheet Metal Workers Local 38, Iron Workers Local 417, Sheet Metal Workers Local 137, Iron Workers Local 580, Teamsters Local 456, Building Laborers Local 235, Teamsters Local 813, Road Laborers Local 60, Teamsters Local 814

ENDORSED BY: BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES OF WESTCHESTER AND PUTNAM COUNTIES, NEW YORK

 

Affiliated with the AFL-CIO

The following Unions are affiliates of this Building Trades Council: Asbestos Workers Local 91, Metal Polishers Local 8A-28A, Boilermakers Local 5, Millwrights Local 740, Bricklayers & Allied Crafts Local 5, Operating Engineers Local 15, Operating Engineers Local 30 North East Regional Carpenters Local 279, Operating Engineers Local 137, United Cement Masons’ Union Local 78, Dockbuilders Local 1456, Operative Plasterers Local 262

Electricians Local 3, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 21, Electricians Local 363, Resilient Floor Coverers Local 2287, Elevator Constructors Local 1, Riggers Local 197, Road Sprinkler Fitters Local 669, Ironworkers District Council, Roofers &Waterproofers Local 8, Iron Workers Local 40, Sheet Metal Workers Local 38, Iron Workers Local 417, Sheet Metal Workers Local 137, Iron Workers Local 580

Teamsters Local 456, Building Laborers Local 235, Teamsters Local 813, Road Laborers Local 60, Teamsters Local 814

ENDORSED BY: NEW YORK STATE SENATOR TERRENCE MURPHY

Senator Murphy and I have the share common ground on mitigating the impact of the Indian Point closure on our community and focusing more efforts on the Opioid Epidemic that is the devastating our families. (photo credit to Peter T. Michaelis)

ENDORSED BY: WESTCHESER COUNTY EXECUTIVE ROB ASTORINO

Proudly endorsed by our Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. Thank you for your endorsement Rob and more importantly for your faith in me to service this county as a fair and bipartisan County Legislator.

ENDORSED BY: NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLYMAN KEVIN BYRNE 94TH DISTRICT

It is an honor to be endorsed by so many upstanding elected officials. New York Assemblyman Kevin Byrne. Another upstanding elected official with a like-minded agenda. He is a progressive leader as I hope to be. 

ENDORSED BY THE ASIAN-AMERICAN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE

Thank you Harry Singh and the entire committee for your endorsement. I look forward to working with the Asian-American Community. 



 

 

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About Me

My background

I am a life-long resident of the Town of Cortlandt;  a graduate of Hendrick Hudson High School; and hold a BS in Organizational Management from Manhattan College. I am a decorated retired  Westchester County Police Detective with a 38-year-volunteer career in the fire and EMS service. I am a past 10-year appointee of the NYS Arson Board.   I am married to the love of my life, Angela, and have six children and two grandchildren. (See my full Bio)

My top issues

Indian Point Closure

Indian Point produces about 25 percent of the electricity for the New York region. Beside the loss of power; potential for skyrocketing electric rates; potential rolling blackouts… there is the loss of taxes to the Hendrick Hudson School District and surrounding municipalities of Peekskill, Buchanan and Cortlandt equate to millions of dollars in tax revenue loss. This loss will be devastating to local taxpayers and small businesses.    


There was no economic or environmental impact study or land re-use study done prior to announcing the closing.  No prior notice of discussion between the Governor, Riverkeeper, and Entergy, and no discussion with local government officials. This displays a blatant lack of transparency and the lack of willingness to openly discuss the actual and potential effects on taxpayers, the environment, or the employees, with no plan for protective measures in place.  
 

Local government officials were blindsided by the news of the closure, and when our local representatives held Town Hall meetings to discuss the closure and its impact to our community... where was Catherine Borgia, District 9 County Legislator at these meetings? Absent. The Town of Cortlandt's Unity Task Force Meetings and Senator Murphy's Town halls were not attended by our Legislator, showing no concern or mention of the Indian Point Closure until my website went live.  
 

My opponent, in her rebuttal to the State of the County address on April 20th, three-and-half months after the announced closure (video on her website) makes no mention of the Indian Point Closure AT ALL. On May 8th, she voted against allowing County Executive Rob Astorino's proposed lawsuit against the New York State, Riverkeeper and Entergy regarding the closing.  
On May 9th, a private lawsuit was filed by the County Executive.  Quoted from a LoHud article published May 9, 2017  "The move comes after Astorino failed to enlist the county Legislature's support for a challenge to Indian Point-owner Entergy's plans to shut down its two reactors by 2021, a deal brokered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the environmental group Riverkeeper."  
 

http://www.lohud.com/story/news/politics/politics-on-the-hudson/2017/05/09/astorino-lawsuit-filed-today-indian-point/101463298/  
 

Once my website went live later in May, she realized she had an opponent whose top priority is and always has been Indian Point. Borgia then rushed to introduce an Indian Point Job Protection Resolution saying she's going to save 1000 jobs. I would never promise to save 1000 jobs, no one can. The only way to save 1000 jobs is to keep the Indian Point open. Highly trained people will have to move on to other nuclear facilities or like plants to avoid being under employed. Most nuclear engineers are retired Navy, they are not going to be able to "retrained" for like jobs here in Westchester County unless we open a similar large-scale nuclear facility. If any worker wants or has the desire to be retained in another field, of course we should certainly make every effort to assist in them, but that will be the exception not the rule.  
 

I will fight for the tax payers of District 9 and the County of Westchester in the pursuit of a workable plan and a full environmental, economic, and land re-use study so there can be a viable solution to all the municipalities, tax payers, small business and workers affected.   I will lobby that before the plant is allowed to close, there is 1) Alternate power sufficient to sustain us. 2) Tax relief from the state until our communities are able to substitute lost revenue. 3) A plan for Indian Point workers to be given priority positions in the decommissioning process wherever possible instead of bringing in outside workers. 4) A land re-use study and commitment from Entergy to release the unused portions of land so it can be developed for re-use sooner than later. This is my vow, this will be my fight. I am a life-long Cortlandt resident, and this is my priority.   


Public Safety 

Police, Fire, EMS. Our first responders' not only provide for our communities’ well-being, volunteer firefighters save taxpayers nearly $4 billion a year (recent study of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY).  Without volunteer firefighters and EMS our property taxes would increase by roughly 25%. Volunteers put their lives on the line for all of us, they save us money, they need the same protections and equipment afforded to them as their paid counterparts, to keep them safe. As a retired Westchester County Police Detective, I vow to support legislation to protect "our" men and women in blue, while they protect us. I will support our Westchester County Police to be sure they have the staffing, resources and equipment to keep our residents safe. 


Heroin & Opiate Addiction 

We are at war… drug addiction is devastating our families and taking our children, friends, and family needlessly. If we don’t get a hold on this now, what will the future bring? As an EMT, I know the importance of making Narcan widely available in an attempt to reverse drug overdoses.  I  support community Narcan initiatives,  but that's not enough.


When you are at war, you pull your resources and troops together and put all your effort into this fight.  We also need to put more into prevention and education.  We need to educate and prevent our youth from ever trying heroin. We need to educate everyone on on the dangers of opiate addiction.  A one-time experience with heroin can be the foundation of a compulsive cycle that results in a full blown addiction. The more opiates are used, the brain chemistry changes making it harder and harder to recover.  We need to stop it before it starts.  I am in favor of supporting a county-wide reduction in  the length of new prescriptions of opiates. I will look toward legislation for addiction prevention, education and treatment, and I will support project WORTHY, as initiated by the county this June. 


Domestic Violence Victims & Mental Health Services

I have seen first-hand the effects of Domestic Violence on families.  Domestic violence can be thought of as a crime of passion and excused by some, but it cannot be tolerated. Whatever you call it…relationship violence, intimate partner violence, violence against men or women cannot be tolerated or ignored. Everyone has a right to be safe. I will fight to increase initiatives for victims of domestic violence and their children to get the help they need to get out of these situations safely.  I will look forward toward legislation for stronger penalties on those who commit these acts. Knowledge is power, we need  the developing and strengthening of outreach programs and projects that provide domestic violence victims advocacy, intervention, community response and education


Overcrowding - Immigration Reform 

We are a melting pot. Diversity is what makes America great and strong when immigration is legal. When it is illegal, it taxes our social system, our jobs, and for those who break the law, our communities. I will work for immigration reform while supporting all citizens fairly.   


Overcrowding and illegal housing modifications put our immigrant population at risk, and in an emergency, first responders of becoming trapped.  What supporters of illegal immigration are really supporting are: landlords charging excessive rents for poor and unsafe living conditions taking advantage of our immigrant population; and, employers who take advantage of illegal immigrants by paying them unfair wages.     


Illegal immigrants have been victims of child trafficking, incest and rape. Some Illegal immigrants are afraid to report deplorable acts and conditions, for fear of deportation.  So let's not work to keep them ILLEGAL. I will work to help them become legal to protect our citizens.  


Veterans' Services

I will also support legislation that assists our veterans, our seniors and our schools.  I will support the Town of Cortlandt efforts to keep the Montrose VA open.  Our seniors and our veterans are the backbone of our country and our county.   


Our Schools

As a former high school athlete, I know how important it is for children to have athletics as an outlet.  It is crucial to keep our schools athletic and educational programs funded and thriving. With the Indian Point closure drastically affecting our school districts, our children need to be protected and have a voice. 


Common Sense Government

I believe in common sense government, keeping taxes low without compromising services by cutting wasteful government spending.  I want to make it easier for small businesses to come in to our towns and thrive, not harder by making it impossible for them to survive.  We need to bring in economic development so we can continue to enjoy flat Westchester County Taxes.


So why do I want to be a Westchester County Legislator?

I have been interested in politics my entire life. As a Westchester County Police Officer, I could not run for or hold a public office. As a county employee, I was exposed to County Government for over 23 years and saw first-hand its inner workings.  Since retiring, I have held many uncompensated elected and appointed offices in the fire service at the local, county and state levels.  I’ve spent the last 38 years in the volunteer sector making a difference in my community. In the offices I have held, I have been able to bring different sides, and points of view together, for the common good. I see this need in my community.  My issues are all community oriented and for the good of everyone. I want to help ALL citizens of my district, not just a select few. 


I was asked to run against the sitting legislator who has been in office for 3 terms. After taking 30 days to ask questions of District 9 residents and researching her record,  I found out that the majority of her constituents either know who their legislator was or disliked her. So I decided that yes, our district does need a change and made the decision to run for County Legislator. Opposition in election is healthy and avoids stagnation and while some officials talk a good game, the proof is in their voting record.  If the incumbent won't vote for the county budget, won’t support the needs of the county, what does that say? The recent announcement of the pending closure of Indian Point concerns not only District 9, but District 1 as well which the incumbent fails to address, leaving all of our concerns unanswered. I have the drive to make District 9 and Westchester County safe, secure and financially healthy.  All my cumulative experience (see my bio) has given me the ability to collaborate well with people who sometimes have different views, but still get things accomplished and I will continue to work in a bi-partisan way for the good of the community.   The incumbent legislator cannot do that, she has burned her bridges and  has taken such a hostile approach that she can no longer work with the County Executive.

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