I first want to say I am relieved to see that there has been some restoration of police patrols in the Lake Avenue area following the press release I issued after attending last week’s community meeting at the North Yonkers Preservation.
I know you are only interested in getting the police protection you deserve and pay for through your tax dollars – not needing to be subjected to an angry exchange of letters between two elected officials. But, I must respond to Mayor Amicone’s September 21st letter sent to Lake Avenue neighborhood residences and businesses – at taxpayer expense. Half-truths are lies of omission. The mayor actually stated that I have “made your neighborhoods less safe”. I will not tolerate anyone lying about my statements or actions concerning my 2010 Yonkers budget vote, and I have personally paid for this mailing. Should
When I voted on last year’s and this year’s budget, I called for the elimination of costly city take-home vehicles, cell phones, illegal civil service employees, political patronage and unnecessary city departments. I refused to vote in favor of budgets that were balanced on the backs of the taxpayers, with wasteful spending habits unchanged. I am on record during our budget hearings, both this year and last year, stating that these cuts should have been made before any cuts to vital services. This abusive spending still exists.
Yonkers’ financial troubles cannot be blamed entirely on the global financial crisis. We have had the misfortune of having had two Emergency Financial Control Boards imposed by the State to monitor our out-of-control spending. I have been in office less than two years and have tried my best to call attention to the excesses of government. Mayor Amicone has served for almost six years as Mayor and eight years as Deputy Mayor, the position he held when the last Control Board left Yonkers in 1998. In no time Yonkers reverted to business as usual.
In October 2008 Mayor Amicone gave management employees Two Million Dollars in retroactive non-contractual pay increases that played a part in the layoffs of police and fire personnel, just two months later and only six months into the 2009 Budget. Mayor Amicone had ample opportunity to present to the City Council, budgets which finally had political fat removed, but he chose not to do so. The city council’s reductions in this year’s budget essentially preserved and maintained core police patrol services. He has also repeatedly blamed the city council for these actions. According to Mayor Amicone, he is right and seven other elected officials are wrong.
I will continue to fight on your behalf.
Councilwoman – District 3