Avoids Funding Cuts to Yonkers
Albany The Yonkers State Legislative delegation announced
that the final state budget agreement avoids drastic cuts to the
Working together, Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Jeff
Klein along with Assemblymen Mike Spano, J. Gary Pretlow and Richard Brodsky
were successful in seeing that theYonkers Public School District received an increase in funding of 5%. The Executive budget had proposed
a cut of $9.4 million or 4.2% less. Yonkers schools will also receive an extra $3.65 million in unrestricted (bullet)
Due to their efforts, the City of
funding in this year’s final budget. This means the City will receive almost
$115 million in municipal Aid. In addition, they secured another $15 million in
spin-up aid as well as an additional $5 million in unrestricted aid for the
City of Yonkers to use to help close budget gaps.
"Throughout this budget process, the members of the
Yonkers Delegation of the State Legislature were united in our commitment to
ensuring that the City of Yonkers, and our public schools, received the funding
that they both need, and deserve, to avoid a deepening crisis," Senator
Stewart-Cousins (D-35th District) said. "There is no question that we had
to overcome significant obstacles and make painful choices, but we understood
that avoiding proposed cuts and providing essential aid had to be our
“In a difficult budget year, we managed to prevent the cuts
that would have been made had the original plan come to fruition,” Spano said.
“We have known for many months that there would be tough choices in this
budget. However, it is reassuring that those choices have left vital funding
for the City of
Public School System,” Assemblyman Spano (D-93rd District) said.
"Education is the cornerstone of success and it is the
absolute non-negotiable obligation of government to ensure that our children
have every opportunity and resource they deserve. Our children are our future
and any cut against them is a cut against ourselves. In this budget cycle, we
waged a battle to deliver for
of the State Senate.
“In these difficult times, we, as a delegation, banded
together to deliver additional funding for the
My colleagues and I remain totally committed to the quality and funding of
public education in Yonkers
Assemblyman Pretlow (D-87th District).
Assemblyman Brodsky (D-92nd District) stated, “The state has
again done more than its fair share. I hope that the City steps up to the