Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone Official Statement on NYS Budget, Education Funding & Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos

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Astorino_Rob-approved photo Amicone-Phil-postulatingstance Pierorazio_bernard Yonkers, NY, March 21, 2011 — Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone (center) was in Albany today along with Yonkers Schools Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio (right) and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (left) for the purpose of lobbying state legislative leaders for the restoration of severe school funding cuts to Yonkers and other serious issues affecting the City of Yonkers in the state budget. They had a series of meetings with Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (below right), Sen. Jeff Klein (Yonkers, The Bronx)(below left), Senate Finance Committee staff, and others. 

Skelos_Dean Klein_Jeff-formal headshot Education funding for Yonkers was cut more than $20 million in the Governor's proposed budget. The budget adopted by the NYS Senate last week cut an additional $15 million in education funding, which was taken from VLT (Video Lottery Terminals) revenue from the Empire City Racino at Yonkers Raceway. Assembly and Senate versions of the state budget are now pending in conference committees. 

Below is an official statement from Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone about his joint lobbying efforts today.

"Today we took some very important steps toward restoring the deep cuts made to Yonkers' education funding in the state budget. Although we are not all the way there yet, we gained commitments from key legislative leaders and have an agreement to work together to restore as much school funding as possible.

"Specifically, our meetings with Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his staff were very productive and promising. Senator Skelos has a clear understanding of our city's and school district's needs and has agreed to work closely with us over the next couple of weeks to restore education funding cuts to Yonkers, mainly the much needed VLT revenue we collect from Yonkers Raceway. I want to thank the majority leader for his commitment to work with us and for understanding the important role the city of Yonkers continues to play in putting New York State back on the right track.

"I also want to acknowledge the important efforts made by Senator Jeff Klein on behalf of his constituents in Yonkers. Senator Klein has taken a leadership role in working with Majority Leader Skelos to restore the education funding cuts made to Yonkers, and he has assured me that he will continue to fight hard until we accomplish that goal. 

"Finally, I want to thank County Executive Rob Astorino who has added an important voice in lobbying on behalf of Westchester's largest school district. Today was the first time a county executive has taken an active role in fighting for Yonkers schools and I want to thank him for that.

"I look forward to more productive conversations in the coming days until we achieve what we set out to do: secure fair and equitable funding for the 26,000 students in the Yonkers Public Schools."

– Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone

SOURCE: City of Yonkers, Office of the Mayor, David Simpson, Director of Communications

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  1. To the above–ride the #4 subway to the last stop, Woodlawn station, watch the kids enter the # 20 bus and exit, school books in hand, at bus stops for both Lincoln and Roosevelt and actually way beyond. Yes, many of these kids are the Central Ave retail commuter workforce, but many are not.
    Why are you so offended about my posting this??? Hezi and the Journal News were told about this probably 2 years ago, but both are short staffed to follow up.
    Why would I make this up anyway???? !!!!
    FYI: Mount Vernon school district has weeded out Bronx students. Other school districts have charged parents with theft of services for slipping their kids into school districts where they do not legally reside.
    Arch Stanton

  2. While we are on the subject of taxes, look over your County Tax Bill. Instead of the Star program being a deduction from your taxes, the State refused to pay the County and now they are trying to recoup NYS STAR Program monies from last year.
    New York State Shortfall on the back of the bill explains that the basic STAR recipients will have to pay $11.33 while the enhanced STAR recipients will have to pay an additional $22.66.
    The County and State are dipping into the pockets of those who can least afford it with another sneaky tax.
    Pay attention people!

  3. Hey Arch, stop talking crap. If you have proof that there are illegals pass it on to Hezi, and the Mayors office and the BOE and the DA, and the AG’s offices. You have been saying this for a long time. Provide us with the bacon, or please zip it.

  4. Love him or hate him John Murtagh was right about the city workforce taking a paycut.The city unions also are right in demanding cuts in the City Hall patronage and political jobs.Don’t vote for any mayoral candidate who doesn’t say where he stands on raising taxes,cutting services,layoffs or cutting salaries to balance the Yonkers budget.

  5. we are not about to send whole families back to
    wherever…there are 12 million illegals..its not
    feasible…as for the bronx students they should not
    be allowed to attend yonkers schools…a very simple
    identification card based on a computerized search
    of where their parents pay taxes or are domociled
    would solve the problem

  6. we are not about to send whole families back to
    wherever…there are 12 million illegals..its not
    feasible…as for the bronx students they should not
    be allowed to attend yonkers schools…a very simple
    identification card based on a computerized search
    of where their parents pay taxes or are domociled
    would solve the problem

  7. we are not about to send whole families back to
    wherever…there are 12 million illegals..its not
    feasible…as for the bronx students they should not
    be allowed to attend yonkers schools…a very simple
    identification card based on a computerized search
    of where their parents pay taxes or are domociled
    would solve the problem

  8. How about addressing all the students of ILLEGAL Immigrant parents costing us $19K each per year??? Even if you cannot deny them an education, report the parents to immigration officials as a method to dislodge the entire family out of Anmerica.
    What about the Bronx students riding the # 20 bus from Woodlawn subway station that wrongfully attend both Lincoln and Roosevelt High Schools on our dime???
    Sick of paying for every freeloader!!!!
    Arch Stanton
    YONKERS TRIBUNE RULES ALL

  9. i don’t think this was preplanned…I think skelos
    was not responding to andrea stewart cousins..wrong
    party..and rob and phil had to go lobby for the city
    on their own.fortunately they were able to change
    skelos’ thinking…skelos is a nassau county and
    upstate senator..westchester is not his primary
    concern….jeff klein probably had something to do
    with it..but that is the problem when you have all
    democrats representing lower westchester and the
    senate is republican..something to think about
    next time around

  10. i don’t think this was preplanned…I think skelos
    was not responding to andrea stewart cousins..wrong
    party..and rob and phil had to go lobby for the city
    on their own.fortunately they were able to change
    skelos’ thinking…skelos is a nassau county and
    upstate senator..westchester is not his primary
    concern….jeff klein probably had something to do
    with it..but that is the problem when you have all
    democrats representing lower westchester and the
    senate is republican..something to think about
    next time around

  11. i don’t think this was preplanned…I think skelos
    was not responding to andrea stewart cousins..wrong
    party..and rob and phil had to go lobby for the city
    on their own.fortunately they were able to change
    skelos’ thinking…skelos is a nassau county and
    upstate senator..westchester is not his primary
    concern….jeff klein probably had something to do
    with it..but that is the problem when you have all
    democrats representing lower westchester and the
    senate is republican..something to think about
    next time around

  12. listen up…this was a tag team, good cop-bad cop comedy act…money was never meant to come out….skelos was going to be the temporary bad cop, take away the money, and good cop, amicone, was going to charge up to albany on his white horse, saving the day and getting the money back…how truly pathetic our government is in this city…we are reduced to melodramatic vignettes, smokescreening the abomination which is the Yonkers Executive Branch of government.

  13. Nice spelling. Hope you’re a product of Yonkers public schools … this’ll hammer home your point. Next time try spell-check. And calm down.

  14. It’s laughable that amiclown is praising Skelos for helping the city to restore something that he and his republicans took out in the first place! (VLT Money) That money brought to Yonkers by Mike Spano. Funny that phil doesnt mention Mike fighting for that money that is still in the assembly budget but praises someone that took it out. Only in Yonkers!

  15. So #11 what your saying is that amiclown and the BOE are hiding were 82% of our money is being spent? And asking for more!!!

  16. because your county taxes are computed pursuant to
    a formula..which can result in increases even though
    the overall tax rate has been cut…fact is you should
    not be looking to the county which controls only 18%
    of your total taxes..the schools and city account
    for 82%…and of the 18% 70% is state mandated..so
    that leaves about 5% that rob has control over…
    and that includes the busses, county services and all
    the rest..how much do you think he can actually cut?
    the math is the math

  17. SHOW US THE BOOKS!!!!!! Were is all of our money???? How do we know were to save or what they are stealing (they are stealing)?????

  18. This is for Anon at 1105 pm ,
    Bingo, I totally agree with you,
    put the education money on
    par with results and ELIMINATE
    WELFARE totally and guess what?
    There is no more deficit, we
    will have a surplus!

  19. NYS is #1 in spending on students and #34 in achievement. Cut the spending to match the achievement. If we don’t get results for our money let’s try another way.

  20. Amiclown is wasting his time in Albany, where he is a laughing stock. What a fellatio artist, praising Skelos, who will attempt to deliver to Long Island while shitting on Yonkers. As usual, the city will get more money from Albany as a result of the teachers’ union, which is more effective than he’ll ever be. Then of course, the right-wing haters on this blog will bash the teachers like they always do. But the teachers are used to it. They wouldn’t be the force they are if they actually gave a shit about what these morons say every day.

  21. Astorino was elected to take care of the county’s bloated budget and not get involved with Yonkers annual beggars parade.

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