Working Towards a Budget BY CHUCK LESNICK

eHezi Archives 34 Comments

Lesnick_Chuck with FlagThe time for posturing is over.  While minimizing increases in state taxes, our state legislative delegation has squeezed out every last drop to get us most of the municipal aid that the Mayor had assumed in his April 15 budget proposal.  While we are still waiting for the State to finalize its budget with respect to the school budget – and we need their assistance to save full day pre-K from the chopping block – the Mayor needs to recalculate his proposed budget and get it to the council as quickly as possible.

The public comments and discussions between the council members and the administration have led to some revisions from the administration, particularly in the Police department where proposed layoffs of police officers has dropped from 51 to 9. The Mayor has so far failed to recalculate the impact of certain tax revenues coming in lower during the second quarter of the year, and the state aid falling below the number that he had assumed for the budget.   

The workers have presented compelling stories as to how cuts in services will adversely affect the City and how layoffs will disrupt their lives.  They have presented some ideas for potential tax savings, and like the council members who ask questions, have exposed certain inefficiencies that should be corrected.  While no one at City Hall wants to cut services as much as the Mayor has proposed, there has been no movement from either side at the bargaining table between the Mayor and the municipal unions.  If leaders on both sides are waiting for the right time to show their cards, that time is now.

We can not just cut our way out of this crisis nor can we just tax our way out.  The compromise we craft must include a combination of give-backs and revenues to minimize the cuts of essential service. The taxpayers will not accept additional tax increases without give-backs. It is now up to the City and its unions to partner in a solution.  While the unions and the Administration dance around the issue of who should cut their own areas first, let me be clear – it does not matter.  Givebacks should be equitable and fair and should apply across the board to everyone – elected and non-elected, represented and non-represented.  

Like the families of Yonkers, the city must act more responsibility to safeguard its finances while competently providing basic services to its residents and businesses. 

We have no time to waste as this city will run out of money if it does not send out its tax bills by July 15th.  The Council Democrats urge the Administration to negotiate around the clock this weekend and present us with a balanced budget on Monday.  We can not support an unbalanced budget – that would be fiscally irresponsible. Again, the time for posturing is over.  

Chuck Lesnick is the president of the Yonkers City Council

Enhanced by Zemanta

eHeziWorking Towards a Budget BY CHUCK LESNICK

Comments 34

  1. Whoever sold you that tie has a wonderful sense of humor !!
    P.S. You suck as a politician and your wife is a shitty doctor, get it – shitty doctor hahahahahhahahah

  2. ChuckU’s answer, as usual, is to stick it to the property owner by raising taxes. This while the bureaucracy in his office is fully funded along with the poverty pimp industry.
    From the Poverty Pimp Poem:
    Let us celebrate the poor,
    Let us hawk them door to door.
    There’s a market for their pain,
    Votes and money to be gained.

  3. Hey chuck….. only 9 cops will get laid off, you are STILL CUTTING 70 something cops, all from retirement, so stop making it sound like you are saving the day, thank God the Supreme Court just gave us unconditional right to own a gun, we will need it in Yonkers…. thanks chuck!

  4. The police car is across the street and not in front of the house because they are probably afraid that it will fall on the car.

  5. The police car is across the street and not in front of the house because they are probably afraid that it will fall on the car.

  6. The police car is across the street and not in front of the house because they are probably afraid that it will fall on the car.

  7. The leaf blower girl was given much broader responsibilities. I wonder if she is going to get a nice big raise? She has
    now been promoted to making robo calls about the new garbage schedule.
    Car 425 where are you? Across the street from Amicone’s shack.

  8. I’m glad to see the fire fighters on the job posting about Lopez. It’s what they are feeding to those in the public.

  9. DUH! The time for posturing was over in Sept. of 2008. Most municipalities started cutting back after the financial collapse of AIG. It was more than obvious that hard time were ahead, but the pols in Yks. had their heads up Cappelli’s ass.

  10. It is outrageous that Chuck has a constituent service person and a Hispanic service person. How many of these positions do we need? The mayor has several constituent service people and the infamous Lopez. We now have a person of Hispanic background representing the S.W. sec. where most live. How much is this costing taxpayers? Taxpayers living in the N.W. and E. sections of the city are getting ZIP, NADA for their taxes. How much taxes are collected from the S.W. section of the city? When the hell are we going to get our special outreach? This is bull shit!!! and we had better start letting our voices be heard. What Chuck and the rest of these parasite pols. are doing, is buying votes with our money.

  11. LOOK THIS BUDGET MESS IS ALL A JOKE AND TO PROVE IT THEY DID NOT CUT ONE COP. IT’S ALL SMOKE AND MIRRORS. IT’S THE SAME SCAM EVERY YEAR, WE ARE GOING OFF A CLIFF, BEG THE STATE FOR MORE MONEY, ‘CAUSE THE STATE NEVER GIVES US OUR FAIR SHARE, WE PLUG THE HOLE WITH THE BOGUS SHUFFLE AND IT GOES ON FOREVER.
    WHY WON’T MAYOR HIDEACONE, STICK HIS HEAD OUT AND TELL US WHAT IS ACTUALLY GOING ON. LEPERCH IS THE ONE TO WATCH AS HE SHUFFLES THE MONEY AROUND IN THE TIN CUP, YEAR AFTER YEAR.

  12. John Doe, you needed to ask Simpson in front of him, then you would have gotten an answer…on news 12 later that night.
    Why would He answer anyone not on his side? He hasn’t answered 1 detractor in 7 years. Hes a wimp of man

  13. HE NEEDS ALL THOSE PEOPLE SO WHEN PHILICLOWN BENDS OVER THEY KNOW WHERE TO KISS IT
    AND THAT MIKE GALVIN HE NEEDS TO GO ON THE SLIM FAST PROGRAM HE MUST WEIGH 300LBS

  14. Cut all the support staff for the elected officials at city hall. Get rid of the pr people, the drivers, etc. Let them keep a few secretarys and a receptionist. Get rid of the city cars and the free gas. How much would all that save? Gotta believe it would make a difference.

  15. I GOT ONE FOR YA THE MAYOR WAS DOWN AT THE MARINA YESTERDAY FOR THE VETERANS PICNIC
    HE SAYS TO ME HE IS LEADING BY EXAMPLE I SAID WHY DONT YOU START WITH A 15% CUT IN SALARY AND THE SAME FOR YOUR STAFF HE DID NOT ANSWER ME AND WALKED AWAY

  16. Chuck why does your office need a constituent service person and a Hispanic service rep[ when we already these slots in city government ?. The elimination of these two jobs will save a PD or FD job which is more important than those persons in your office putting out useless B.S.

  17. yeah good idea, lets cut pre-k and hire more cops,who, by the time they have 5 years in, gain 50 pounds and become experts in directing traffic.

  18. Please cut the budget for PRE-K. Cut the staff and so-call teachers. Stop taking taxpayer money to baby-sit for these lazy mothers who don’t have the time to be proper parents. Can’t they even Home-School a toddler? What are we up against?

  19. Do we actually still have a Mayor?
    Haven’t seen or heard from the one we used to caLL Mayor Blameicone in months…
    PHUCK PHIL! IMPEACH!

  20. Was driving up No. B’way. around 5:15pm and yes, there is a police car across the street from the sh@#head’s house. Two policemen sitting in the car. Amicone don’t flatter yourself, you’re not worth anyone going to jail over.

  21. What the Council is saying is correct. Taxes need to go up a bit more and expenses need to come down. The cuts are too severe.

  22. Nice spin. He is trying to take credit for the reduced police layoffs. I doubt he had anything to do with it.
    He is trying to distract from the fact that he can’t run a meeting, and did nothing while rats were let out, with children present, and some moron was cursing and f’ing the council and himself at the microphone.
    This is a spin attempt to distract from his lack of leadership and the fact that no one on the council could care less about his opinion.

  23. The mayor has caused this with his vindictive, my way or the highway attitude. Cut all unnecessary expenditures and then sit down with clean hands and talk to the unions

  24. Chuck hasn’t found a way to have everyone else cut, compromise and wrok so he can tak credit for it all ( only the good parts as good parts are defined by that day’s audience)
    How did this useless turd get elected?
    Leader of the council?
    He isn’t even the leader in his own office… yes rocky , anything you say rocky, sure thing Mr. Jenkins anything to keep me in the running for next year.
    You want cuts? cut Chuck and his entire useless staff. Name one thing other than handing out certificates and emailing junk newsletters that any of them have done.
    Get lost chucky.. your time is up.

  25. Beam me up Scotty, everytime a cut is proposed at “city haul,” we are told that would be insignificant. How can cutting Lopez 6 figs. Peterson 6 figs. and their ilk be insignificant. Just with the salaries of these two non-producers we have saved about 3 cops. Please don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining out.

  26. The Council has said that they are waiting until the Mayor resubmits his budget before they start making changes. Hopefully the changes they identified – including the need for more revenue – will be made by the Mayor before he sends it to the Council. The Mayor knows how much he is getting from the state for AIM. He needs to talk to the unions and cut a deal now.

  27. This statement is fair and balanced. We need Lesnick to step up and show some leadership because god knows it aint coming from Amicone or Murtagh.

  28. Is he right? Are the PD cuts down to 9?
    If this is true, let’s save the nine officers and start making the cuts at City Hall that the Mayor and Chuck claim are so small they won’t have any effect.
    The effect can be 9 police officers?!?

  29. Nice tie Dick!!!
    I feel bad for your wife Chuck, she has to look at asshole’s all day then comes home to a biggest one of all.

Leave a Reply

This comment will be displayed anonymously. Your name and email address will not be published.

Comments that are off topic will be removed. If you want a topic to be covered, email me at: ehezi@hush.com

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.