YONKERS, NY, July 15, 2010 — The City Council passed the budget that the Mayor has proposed. This budget gives the Mayor the necessary resources required to help restore the essential municipal services that the citizens of Yonkers deserve. This budget includes additional funds for the Yonkers Public Schools that also restores all city school busing and universal Pre-K. The budget was approved with six votes in favor, and one vote against.
This budget has a contingency plan that will give the Mayor leverage to continue the negotiations with the Unions to restore those essential services. Some of the services that need to be restored as soon as possible are two fire houses that have been closed, and the two days per week garbage pick up. Only the Mayor has the power to negotiate with the unions head, not the Council.
I want to thank the CLSA, and the PBA unions for coming together, and putting together a solution to save all of the demotions and jobs in the Police Department. This budget will allocate approximately $1.2 million for a new class of officers for January 2011. I hope the other unions do the same.
I am asking the Mayor and Unions to sit down, and find common ground solutions to restore the services the citizens of the City of Yonkers are paying for. I am outraged as well as the people in the Second Council District due to the tremendous amount of garbage that has not been picked up in many of the streets for two weeks now. It is shameful that the City of Yonkers is looking like a dumpster ground.
Wilson Terrero is Yonkers City Councilman representing the 2nd District and Education Chair.