YONKERS, NY, July 12, 2010 — With an urgent deadline looming and the city set to run out of cash, Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone resubmitted the 2011 budget to the City Council late on Monday calling for urgent action on its adoption.
The new budget includes a $36.4 million cut to the Yonkers Public School District caused by Governor David Paterson's veto of critical education monies. News of the cut to education funding was delivered by the district's superintendent on Saturday in special session to the City Council which then voted down the budget, sending it back to the mayor to make adjustments.
At 4:00 p.m. on Monday, the city's finance commissioner resubmitted the budget to the City Council with the necessary changes and informed the Council that it must adopt a final budget or else the city will soon run out of cash.
The city's fiscal year began on July 1 but no budget is yet in place because of severe delays in the final adoption of the state budget in Albany.
"As you know, the 2011 Fiscal Year has already begun; therefore this budget is already late, although due to circumstances beyond our control. …Please be advised that that the City's cash position is dangerously low and a budget must be adopted soon so the City can continue to operate," Finance Commissioner James LaPerche wrote in a budget memo to the City Council.
Late on Monday Mayor Amicone continued negotiations with several municipal unions including the Teamsters Union that represents public works and parks workers and both fire department unions in a last minute effort to bring back workers that were laid off nearly two weeks ago.
"I am still hopeful that we can come to agreements with the remaining unions that will realize enough savings to bring workers back and restore some of the services we had to cut. The agreement we were able to reach with both police unions shows that it can be done. But time is running out. Even so, I will be working until the last minute and I hope the union leadership will do the same," Mayor Amicone said.
Amicone also pressed for action by the City Council. "We have run out of time. Even while we are still talking to the unions, the Council must act so we can send out tax bills and begin to bring in the money we need to operate. Otherwise we'll run out of money and operations will be affected."
Further updates on the Yonkers budget situation will be issued as they become available.
SOURCE: David Simpson, Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor.