Yonkers Delegation: Final Budget Increases Aid to Education for Yonkers Schools

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 Avoids Funding Cuts to Yonkers

Albany The Yonkers State Legislative delegation announced
that the final state budget agreement avoids drastic cuts to the Yonkers Public Schools and the City of Yonkers which were originally proposed in the Executive budget.

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)
school aid.

 

Due to their efforts, the City of Yonkers was also able to avoid a cut to Aid and Incentives to Municipalities (AIM)
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
priority."

“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 Yonkers and our
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 Yonkers schools, and I'm proud to say we won," said Klein, Deputy Majority Leader
of the State Senate.

“In these difficult times, we, as a delegation, banded
together to deliver additional funding for the Yonkers Public Schools and the City of Yonkers.
My colleagues and I remain totally committed to the quality and funding of
public education in Yonkers,” said
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
plate.”

 

eHeziYonkers Delegation: Final Budget Increases Aid to Education for Yonkers Schools

Comments 15

  1. Time has come for zero base budgeting. Justify every dollar needed and compare that budget request to the previous years spending.

  2. Do did the math for the BOE budget. ($450,000,000. divided by 24,000 students =$18,750. per student.)
    This is definitely “OUT OF CONTROL”
    We could send these students to the best schools in the country for this outrageous amount of money.
    It’s time for the taxpayer to say ENOUGH!!

  3. About 75 percent…yes, that much…of the Board of Ed budget goes for salaries and perks.
    Any cries of “It’s for the children!” are just lies. Demonstrably so.

  4. time to say no to the BOE. I remember in the first year of the Amicone administration, there were enormous protests against the Mayor for funding cuts for the BOE. My have times changed. About now, it’s time for enormous protests against the BOE for expecting funding increases or for having a “sacred cow” status so there is no accountability. It’s quite enough! It’s a monstrous organization that we can’t keep feeding or else it will bring out the protesters at every town hall meeting or whatever. Grow up BOE and the whole damm education sector, and this includes the teachers unions for sure!

  5. The press release should read that once again the taxpayers of New York State are being screwed by their so call represenatives. This aid is a drop in the bucket in comparison to the tax increases that we are going to have to endure. “We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.” Aesop, c. 550 B.C. It really suits todays politians.

  6. We need to stopputting money into a school system that has not proven itself. 11 disfunctional schools on the commissioners SINI list. Wake up people !!!! Our schools are a mess and we are giving them more money with no ACCOUNTABILITY. We just give this incompetent Pierorazio another contract. I guess this BOE wants more of the same……. POOR schools. Only from Amicone.

  7. EACH YEAR, HUGE PROPERTY TAX HIKE FOR HOME OWNERS, ALWAYS FAR EXCEEDING INFLATION, THAT HAS BEEN SPENCER AND AMICONE’S LEGACY. HOWEVER HE GIVES HUGE TAX BREAKS TO DEVELOPERS AND THOSE WHO GAVE HIM CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS.
    GIVING AWAY THE STORE, AND BIG GOVERNMENT THAT HAS BEEN THE HISTORY OF THIS CITY FOR THE LAST 14 YEARS. NO RELIEF ON THE HORIZON
    WHO VOTES FOR THESE CLOWNS EVERY TIME, WHO ARE THESE IDIOTS?

  8. Dont worry, Phil will still pick our pockets clean, still keep his lackeys, still keep all the cars, he does not care.

  9. No question both the City-side and BOE budgets should be slashed. They have to be slashed. There is still about a $60 million gap. Layoffs and other big reductions are now imperative, not optional.
    Amicone now thinks he can hold the tax increase to “less than 10 percent.” That’s just outrageous unless by under 10 percent he means 3 percent, which he doesn’t.
    If — in this recession, and with the terrible state budget — Yonkers thinks it can raise taxes by 8 or 9 percent on already overburdened taxpayers, then Amicone,the Council and the BOE are crazy. The YPS deserve not one dime more on the backs of the taxpayers. That is a waste and has been a waste for a very long time.
    The state gives and then state takes away with its own terrible budget — raising all sorts of taxes and eliminating the STAR rebate. Don’t be fooled by this shell game with the state.
    The taxpayers are being set up again. All this, including wasting more money on the YPS, must be stopped.

  10. Another point that is not mentioned, is that the BOE has not even submitted a budget plan to show how its mpney is being spent. Its always give us more so we can spend more. No accountability.

  11. Both above posters are right. The whole education system in this country is nothing more than a ponzi scheme being run by the education racket.
    No budget should be passed until Amiphony makes substantial cuts. Get rid of NASCAR Marty and the Chicken Island Brawler, Lopez. As well as the mouth piece, Simpson and many, many more.

  12. No, now is the time for dollar Phil to make the necessary cuts at City Haul. He can save about $1 million getting rid of all the pork. Probably another $1 million by getting rid of the cars. Another $1 million by getting rid of the cars, they won’t need free gas, which they don’t keep track of. There you go, $3millin and I haven’t starting looking yet.
    Eliminate wasteful police OT another $15-20 million. Cut all municipal OT millions more. We can get a 0% tax increase, but we need the will to do it. Phil is not yer man for cuts. Never has cut, never will. Let us all not forget that he only discovered we were in the present mess, last December.
    RECALL AMICONE

  13. Now it is time for the city to reduce their contribution to the schools in order to preserve municipal services, and keep property taxes flat. All this extra money given to that sinkhole called the YBOD is not going to produce better results. Overall the quality of education in Yonkers is still going to suck.

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