Albany, NY and Yonkers, NY — The New York State Legislature ended deliberations last night at about 10:00 pm. New York State Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Jeff Klein, and New York State Assemblymen Mike Spano, J. Gary Pretlow, and Richard Brodsky retired having reached agreement for $15.8 million in allocations for the City of Yonkers. While every budget line was and continues to be slashed to reduce the approximate $10 billion budget deficit challenging New York State, the $15.8 million allocation is magnanimous. Considering Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone incorporated a phantom $22 million request from the Albany Delegation that had previously been denied by the NYS Assembly but earned approval by the NYS Senate. The $15.8 million agreed upon sum left a gaping hole in Mayor Amicone’s FY2010-2011 Budget. By Friday morning it had been learned that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver had agreed to allocate $21 million for the city side of the equation.
The education side of the equation will be scrutinized on Monday. More information as it unfolds.
And, a sincere thank you to the entire Albany Delegation for their concerted effort on behalf of COY and Yonkersites.
Mayor Amicone was appraised of the good news this morning.
A spokeperson representing the mayor's office has not made themselves available for comment when inquiry was made by telephone. A follow-up email was sent.