PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- The third "Ask Astorino" Town Hall meeting was more like listen and then tell Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino what you think -- actually, shout it.
The Republican who is running for a third term this year offered long answers Wednesday night to questions on immigration, his support for the County Center gun show and why Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal for free college tuition will never be free.
Astorino was frequently interrupted by people waving red cards with the word "No" on them and angry outbursts.
The county executive used the first 30 minutes to discuss his fiscal policies and proposals for improving Kensico Dam Plaza, county airport operations and housing opportunities, admitting that "affordable housing" would never really be affordable.
The session lasted about 80 minutes, but could have lasted another hour or two. Astorino fielded about 10 questions, sidestepping some of them.
“Whether you clapped or booed, we thank you,'' Astorino said. "This is democracy. . .''
The King Street School auditorium seats about 325; the first two rows were filled with Astorino supporters who gave him a standing ovation. Several even tried to shout down other audience members.
Aides handed out flyers detailing Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino's accomplishments which also were detailed in his introductory remarks about protecting taxpayers, preserving essential services and promoting economic growth. Astorino drew his strongest applause when he stuck to those topics.