- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) - The Westchester County executive says he will expand training for the county’s police departments and victim advocates as part of a battle against sexual violence on campuses.

County Executive Rob Astorino made the announcement Tuesday as part of a proposal to revamp a bill pending before the state Legislature.

He called the bill backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo unworkable. Astorino’s version would make it a crime when a college fails to report any alleged sexual assault to police, even if the alleged victim doesn’t want to.

A Cuomo spokeswoman said Astorino’s plan would violate federal law.

Astorino said that in Westchester, he would enhance police training and would commit $20,000 to expand a sexual assault victim advocate program.

Astorino is a Republican who lost to the incumbent Democrat last year.



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