Yonkers City Council Returns Yonkers’ Mayor Amicone’s FY2010-2011 Budget for Balanced Revision BY HEZI ARIS

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Yonkers City HallYONKERS, NY, July 10, 2010 — The Yonkers City Council Special Meeting called to order for Friday, July 9, 2010 was convened for assembly today, July 10, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. The Yonkers City Council Chamber was again filled to standing capacity. Protocol demanded the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. It was collectively recited and today earned unexpected applause from all gathered. Upon being recognized by Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick, Yonkers City Council Majority Leader Patricia McDow focused everyone’s attention to item four on the agenda. Item four is listed as a “Special Ordinance Adopting FY 2011 Budget". 

Councilwoman Joan Gronowski (3rd District) was first to speak on the issue. She said, “I’ve spoken about these issues for years. No matter the total sum of the savings, whether small or large, once added up, they become significant. It would set a proper tone for the city. I don’t believe we’ve made all the necessary cuts. I believe you don’t spend what you don’t have,” concluded Ms Gronowski to the accompaniment of vibrant applause.

As the applause died down, Mr Lesnick recognized Yonkers Public School (YPS) Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio and invited him to the lectern to address the Yonkers City Council’s Special Meeting. Mr Pierorazio's face exposed great concern. His easy smile was  lost upon his face advising that based upon the 6,000 vetoes exacted by New York State Governor David Paterson, the Yonkers Public Schools now faces an additional shortfall of $36.8 million. The gubernatorial action signed last week, unlikely to be soon remedied by the absent State Legislature, has exacted a shocking toll.  Transportation of all students, including parochial schools, except those designated for Special Needs Students, will be eliminated at a savings of $23 Million. When initially insituted under the Yonkers Desegregation Settlement, 90 percent of transportation costs were reimbursed to Yonkers by the State. Today, the reimbursement would have been valued at only 40 percent. The entire Pre-K program will be elimated for an additional savings of $6.6 Million. The Fund Balance valued at $7.5 Million will be expunged. These measures are on top of the already laid off 218 teachers, administrators and support staff due to previous cuts in state funding that total more than $20 Million.

Mr Pierorazio will present the additional cuts to the Yonkers Board of Education Trustees for immediate adoption.

The in your face presentation by Mr Pierorazio was the catalyst for the standard vitriole of placing blame of the Albany Delegation not doing enough to gain additional funding from Albany. Ms McDow challenged Mr Pierorazio’s assertion by stating, “In these difficult times, each of our delegates are doing all that can be done." Councilmember Dennis Shepherd insinuated himself into the exchange by admonishing Assemblyman Pretlow for not doing enough for Yonkers and not caring about our city. 

Minority Leader John Murtagh was in such a state of shock, or so he said, that he wanted to postpone the Special Meeting to another time in order that everyone could absorb the enormity of the news.

Ms McDow wouldn’t hear of it. Yonkers City Clerk Joan Deierlein read the names in order of their voting order. By a vote of 7-0, the Yonkers City Council returned Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone’s Budget for immediate revision based upon Mr Pierorazio's assertions of a $37.6 Million deficit imposed as part of Governor Paterson's veto.

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  1. Our garbage in Yonkers will not be picked up until Friday, 14 days late. How will they pick it up with half the workforce dealing with twice as much garbage? Nobody at DPW can answer this one.
    By what process can a state of emergency be declared in Yonkers, so that an outside agency can come in and collect our garbage? We have a health and environmental disaster brewing.
    The mayor is claiming he can only declare a state of emergency for something like weather conditions. Is this true? Who has the authority to force his hand?
    I have called all over the county and state and have not gotten an answer to these questions. Who out there can help?
    We want our garbage picked up, political and legal actions do not get that job done, and the garbage men are unable or unwilling to do the job.
    We need action. How can we force it?

  2. I have to add that its not only the public employee union pacs buying the support of elected officials but also includes bank pacs,insurance pacs, liqour,lawyers,construction companies and construction unions and hundreds of others that keep the same elected officials in office until death due us part.

  3. Envelope Lady is not happy that her fb is being posted here. She thinks we have some nerve expecting her to work while we pay her salary. We don’t care what you do on your time; although I am sure there are more than a few wives who would like to have a word with you regarding the time you spend with their husbands.

  4. To Gus, “Wow, other than starting pay looks higher than YFD”
    YFD Starts @ 70K!
    RU kidding me.
    NYFD makes less across the board.
    To Grow up: Pink Panther; Hilarious!
    Let a control board in and let it clean house in City Hall, Council and Unions alike.

  5. Here is the problem and it is not just Yonkers, it is coast to coast.In 1962 President Kennedy issued an executive order allowing federal employees to unionize.State and municipal workers unionized right after that.In the 1980s or therabouts the civil service employee unions could form political action committees.The civil service employee union pacs are a powerful political force with its workers doing the door to door,mailings and political contributions not only during the election but throughout the year.The civil service unions have no regard for other political issues that divide the general electorate and vote as one for better pay and benefits for its members. Where private sector unions have to negotiate across the table from owners representatives,the civil service unions don’t have that adverseral relationship, they normally control both sides of the table, unless the elected representatives they supported find it politically impossible to meet their demands due to dire economic conditions.Ultimately human nature and political reality will lead the country,the states and municipalities to bankruptcy and after that it really gets scary.Anyone for Hitler, Stalin or a little Mao?The prediction of King George 111,who predicted the Democracy would loot the treasury is finally coming to fruition.

  6. To the Pink Panther who think he/she has solved the case by identifying avatars…. find a new hobby There is a small selection of avatars on this site and they are shared by several posters. Note mine is blue & white and so are the ones you mentioned.
    Joan has the two qualities we need in a leader, honesty and courage. She has the courage to speak truth to power…do you?

  7. Thanks Gus for the help. You see these Yonkers taxpayers will never understand this is not the unions or GREECE problem. This is your local government f**king up this whole city. Wake up Yonkers. Start to take back the city or just sit back while your taxes will continue to go up double digits in the next 3 years. On top of all the other taxes the state has passed in the last year than add in the really really f**ked up school district. When will we start to march on city hall together. We are 6 months away from bankruptcy.
    Please don’t use the “f” word. It offends some people. I don’t have the time to revise such posts, it takes long enough to read them. Please remember not to use foul language. Thanks for understanding. Kindly, Hezi

  8. Firefighter Salary:
    BASE
    FRINGE*
    TOTAL
    STARTING SALARY
    $39,370
    $3,704
    $43,074
    AFTER 1 YEAR
    $41,311
    $8,159
    $49,470
    AFTER 2 YEARS
    $44,995
    $8,886
    $53,881
    AFTER 3 YEARS
    $49,494
    $9,775
    $59,629
    AFTER 4 YEARS
    $54,556
    $10,775
    $65,331
    AFTER 5 YEARS
    $76,488
    $22,616
    $99,104
    Promotion Opportunities:
    Lieutenant
    $94,300
    $31,548
    $125,848
    Captain
    $108,244
    $40,919
    $149,163
    Battalion Chief
    $140,945
    $20,336
    $161,281
    Wow, other than starting pay looks higher than YFD

  9. You’re right about Joan but for the wrong reasons. She doesn’t suffer fools very easily, that is obvious. And there are plenty of fools to suffer through on the city council and in the administration. She is too forthright to ever progress beyond the council seat and I would be surprised if she seeks re-election.

  10. Joan is easily angered, you say? After two years of watching Murtagh prance around the city council chambers like Rudolph Nuryev, sucking on his twizzlers, asking nary a question? After carrying the ball and balls, if you will exclude a crude reference, of ALL the males on the city council. Yes, I imagine she would be a bit testy by now. As far as intellect, it doesn’t seem to have gotten the male eunuchs on the council very far, has it? She has the guts…if she wanted to be mayor she could get the best and brightest to do the heavy lifting. God knows that no one out of the Manhattan College/Amackassin Club/White Plains alumni has ever been selected for anything of note in this city. Try being honest, won’t you…

  11. IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP
    How can you possibly say that NYC Firemen make the same? The starting salary is $30,000 less than a Yonkers Fireman and the differential continues to rise each and every year through and including retirement.
    So Law**r and company, stop complaining and get some more rats.
    To the following poster(s)
    Stuck on Stupid:
    The cheese stands alone:
    anonymous:
    opt out:
    Same server, same symbol, same bulls**t.
    Slow day at the house?
    As for Joan, she lacks the temperment, intellect and experience to lead a city. SHe is easily angered and flustered. Not the leadership we need. In fact, none of the current crop should be allowed to step up.
    We need someone who has brains, balls and has not been part of government.
    Any suggestions?

  12. Where are the real leaders, what I don’t get is you. Just be a man/woman/crossdresser or what ever the hell you are and spit it out.

  13. You are truly out of it…I guess YOU don’t get SARCASM, which was clearly inherent in Joan’s remarks. The school supt. lied to her about the hidden rooms of books and computer equipment, and Finance Commissioner Jim “mumbles” LaPerche may have lied, but since no one in Yonkers government has ever been able to decipher one word that comes out of his mouth, we don’t know.

  14. I am a Yonkers Fireman and I welcome the Control Board …We have nothing to hide and we will lose nothing….that is a fact…..we actually got nice raises the last time the control board was here..YONKERS TAXPAYERS better wake up Amicone and most of the city council are the reason we are in this mess…and no one else……we are right next door to NYC they have they same demographics as us with the same make up and the are having zero problems….the teachers , the fireman , cops, dpw, all make the same if not more than us……….Everyone better start looking at the real problems here and that is City hall has fucked this city up. Amicone has been up their 14 years….what the fuck has he accomplished….stop blaming the unions….We are not ignorant to the problems around us , but we are also not going to let amicone fix his problems on our backs……When and if , and i highly doubt it, Amicone starts to really come up with a fair budget, than we will gladly sit at the table and help out….but ill be damned if he thinks we are going to give back a million dollars so he can pay off that parking lot on Lockwood Ave…..Are the people of YONKERS this Stupid….How come their arent Thousands of People every day at city hall Demanding That the Mayor Address these concerns..I have not seen the Mayor in 3 Months….WHere else would a mayor close a fire house and not Tell the People Of Yonkers that he was doing so……….Come on Yonkers Now is the time to unite and start to save this City…..I say we march on city hall every day at 4 oclock till we start to get answers….Its now or Never

  15. I am a Yonkers Fireman and I welcome the Control Board …We have nothing to hide and we will lose nothing….that is a fact…..we actually got nice raises the last time the control board was here..YONKERS TAXPAYERS better wake up Amicone and most of the city council are the reason we are in this mess…and no one else……we are right next door to NYC they have they same demographics as us with the same make up and the are having zero problems….the teachers , the fireman , cops, dpw, all make the same if not more than us……….Everyone better start looking at the real problems here and that is City hall has fucked this city up. Amicone has been up their 14 years….what the fuck has he accomplished….stop blaming the unions….We are not ignorant to the problems around us , but we are also not going to let amicone fix his problems on our backs……When and if , and i highly doubt it, Amicone starts to really come up with a fair budget, than we will gladly sit at the table and help out….but ill be damned if he thinks we are going to give back a million dollars so he can pay off that parking lot on Lockwood Ave…..Are the people of YONKERS this Stupid….How come their arent Thousands of People every day at city hall Demanding That the Mayor Address these concerns..I have not seen the Mayor in 3 Months….WHere else would a mayor close a fire house and not Tell the People Of Yonkers that he was doing so……….Come on Yonkers Now is the time to unite and start to save this City…..I say we march on city hall every day at 4 oclock till we start to get answers….Its now or Never

  16. I am a Yonkers Fireman and I welcome the Control Board …We have nothing to hide and we will lose nothing….that is a fact…..we actually got nice raises the last time the control board was here..YONKERS TAXPAYERS better wake up Amicone and most of the city council are the reason we are in this mess…and no one else……we are right next door to NYC they have they same demographics as us with the same make up and the are having zero problems….the teachers , the fireman , cops, dpw, all make the same if not more than us……….Everyone better start looking at the real problems here and that is City hall has fucked this city up. Amicone has been up their 14 years….what the fuck has he accomplished….stop blaming the unions….We are not ignorant to the problems around us , but we are also not going to let amicone fix his problems on our backs……When and if , and i highly doubt it, Amicone starts to really come up with a fair budget, than we will gladly sit at the table and help out….but ill be damned if he thinks we are going to give back a million dollars so he can pay off that parking lot on Lockwood Ave…..Are the people of YONKERS this Stupid….How come their arent Thousands of People every day at city hall Demanding That the Mayor Address these concerns..I have not seen the Mayor in 3 Months….WHere else would a mayor close a fire house and not Tell the People Of Yonkers that he was doing so……….Come on Yonkers Now is the time to unite and start to save this City…..I say we march on city hall every day at 4 oclock till we start to get answers….Its now or Never

  17. we have zero leadership in this city. in any other profession you get fired for not doing your job (ammicone) you don’t get to blame everyone else, keep you 150,000 job / free cell phone / free car / free gas, 6 figure job to all your friends.
    this is a joke and has gotten way out of control.
    at the council meeting, people are looking at laperche for answers – are you kidding me?
    as i said, in any other profession you get fired, it’s that simple.
    p.s. yonkers public high schools have a 50% graduation rate, is that true? if that’s the case then the state should take over all the high schools, not just roosevelt who has like a 35% graduation rate. and the teachers keep complaining..lol!

  18. Joan couldn’t understand what was being said the other day. She said “I just don’t get it” about facts not policy. That is scary!

  19. Why isnt the city allowing the various authoritys to opt into the state buyout program such as the parking authority, IDA, etc?

  20. Congrat to Joan Gronowski-for telling the public what the Mayor pays his staff-obscene-our garbbage piles up and his staff is nice and comfy in their ivory tower-someone should check out Tony Giambruno-what does he get paid for sitting behind Shephard and Larkim-whats the going rate for puppeteers-dont forget he has a waiver from the state cause he collects a penion too-but the Teamster are greedy right? Please-maybe Tomy Giambruno and the Mayors staff should do garbage for just one hour lets see how easy they find it.

  21. they haven’t found any “balls”
    they are buying time so a control board can take over and they think they escape responsibility.
    I’ve got news for them.

  22. Joining nyc is not the right thing to do. Does everyone want to pay a progressive city income tax along with a state income tax? I moved out of nyc to avoid paying nyc taxes.

  23. GREAT NEWS, THE COUNCIL HAS FOUND THEIR BALLS, NOW IT’S UP TO THE CLOWN TO FIND HIS, BUT ALAS POOR YORICK, IF HE HASN’T FOUND THEM BY NOW, I DOUBT HE EVER WILL.
    JUST THE IMAGE OF LESNICK ALLOWING PIERORAZIO, EVEN A MINUTE TO SPEAK IS A DISGRACE, BUT THEN AGAIN LESNICK HAS COOKED HIS GOOSE AND BELONGS IN THE DUMP, WITH OUR UNCOLLECTED GARBAGE.

  24. GREAT NEWS, THE COUNCIL HAS FOUND THEIR BALLS, NOW IT’S UP TO THE CLOWN TO FIND HIS, BUT ALAS POOR YORICK, IF HE HASN’T FOUND THEM BY NOW, I DOUBT HE EVER WILL.
    JUST THE IMAGE OF LESNICK ALLOWING PIERORAZIO, EVEN A MINUTE TO SPEAK IS A DISGRACE, BUT THEN AGAIN LESNICK HAS COOKED HIS GOOSE AND BELONGS IN THE DUMP, WITH OUR UNCOLLECTED GARBAGE.

  25. GREAT NEWS, THE COUNCIL HAS FOUND THEIR BALLS, NOW IT’S UP TO THE CLOWN TO FIND HIS, BUT ALAS POOR YORICK, IF HE HASN’T FOUND THEM BY NOW, I DOUBT HE EVER WILL.
    JUST THE IMAGE OF LESNICK ALLOWING PIERORAZIO, EVEN A MINUTE TO SPEAK IS A DISGRACE, BUT THEN AGAIN LESNICK HAS COOKED HIS GOOSE AND BELONGS IN THE DUMP, WITH OUR UNCOLLECTED GARBAGE.

  26. yonkers only hope is a control board….they will freeze the unions,restore whatever position they deem neccessary and most importantly they definitely will cut the patronage and perks.
    so yonkersites dont waste your rallying around city hall….rally albany to bring in a control board.

  27. Every time a cut is mentioned the mayor says it’s insignificant. Well Mr. Mayor is 36.8 million significant? Have we finally got your attention?
    A million here, a million there and pretty soon we’re talking bankruptcy.

  28. I agree with you totally. Why not start a facebook page, “Yonkers for 6th Borough of NYC.” I’ll join it, help organize.

  29. Two things are pretty much guaranteed at this point.
    Either we are going to have some political theater when the Govenor restores the $37 million, and Spano and Cousins take credit for bringing the money to Yonkers. Which as we all know will be a bunch of bull.
    Or
    We have a control board in the very near future.
    Which is it?

  30. someone recommended that Yonkers become the 6th borough of NYC. When you think about it, that’s not such a bad idea….
    1. Property taxes in NYC are much lower.
    2. The City government is run by professionals and there are many more policies and procedures. They haven’t sold their souls to the municipal unions. No cars, no phony overtime, obscene perks, no BS IDAs and Parking Authorities….
    3. There’s better mass transportation. Maybe they can extent the 1 and 4 line up into Yonkers. Think what that would do for yonkers property values.
    4. We’d have better Mayors. Who’d you rather have Bloomberg or Amiclown?
    5. We’d benefit from the Zillons earned on Wall St.
    6. We’d claim to be from the City that has the Mets, Yankees, Knicks, Rangers,
    Broadway, Columbia University, the best hospitals in the world to name a few.
    7. We’d get out of Westchester, the home of the rich who don’t give a hoot about Yonkers.
    8.The schools, believe it or not, are better. At least there is Bronx Science, Stuyvesant etc. Also our kids would get transportation passes.
    9. We’d become part of a world class city. No more embarrassment from our pathetic leaders. Tell me Amicone, Pierorazio, Spano, Lesnick, Murtagh and company are people you can be proud of….
    I say let’s join New York City. The City that never sleeps. We’d be much better off.

  31. I feel bad for the residents. i hope that city hall can figure this out before school starts. There will be so much garbage on the streets. I feel all residents should call the health dept and complain about the trash.And close the firehouse station 8? good job. we know we know , that house never has any calls..yea right. another dumb move.well we all know that on thebig vote next year to clean house. good luck yonkers.

  32. I am willing to bet that these idiots will want to pump more money into that shit hole called the BOE, and let go more workers on the municipal side. Or they will raise taxes to cover the defecit, either way the taxpayer loses. Get rid of the friends club, cars, and phones and you will have enough money to go around, but we know that wont happen.

  33. So what happens now w the fidget. ???? Please don’t tellme they are going to put mote money into the schools while I can’t get my garbage picked up ??!?

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