Part of Yonkers' Comprehensive Asset Reduction Schedule (Cars)
YONKERS, NY — February 1, 2012 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano’s efforts to cut costs for the city, as he promised in the days of his campaign effort were realized today upon his announcing his updated policies on city-owned take-home cars and city employee healthcare benefits. The new policies are part of the administration's Comprehensive Asset Reduction Schedule (CARS), in which city resources and expenses are being evaluated in order to reduce city spending.
"While we look at the City's current budget, we are constantly evaluating all of the city's resources and look for ways to eliminate wasteful spending," said Mayor Spano. "Although these initial policies are not budget busters, it sends a message to Yonkers taxpayers that cost-cutting is a shared sacrifice for us all and we all must be held accountable for city expenses."
Today marked the city-issued deadline in which all departments were asked to return non-emergency take-home cars. As a result, 40 of the 93 cars of the city's fleet were returned today, which will save the city over 100,000 miles in take-home usage. As part of the first phase of this policy, only those department heads, deputy commissioners, commissioners and mayoral staff who are required to be on call on a 24- hour basis as specified by the Mayor's office will be assigned take-home vehicles.
The Mayor also stated that all city-owned cars will now be marked with official City of Yonkers seals and official license plates. Later this year, approximately 50 city vehicles from the city's fleet will be auctioned or traded-in. Over time, the city will swap out the current fleet of cars for more energy efficient vehicles, providing extra savings. Additional take-home cars will be phased out over time.
Mayor Spano today also announced the city's revised policy for city healthcare benefits, which will save the city up to $150,000 annually in coverage. Effective immediately, all unrepresented employees, including all top officials in the mayor's office, will be required to contribute to their city funded healthcare insurance at the rate of 20% for an individual plan and 10% for a family plan
The Spano administration plans to announce further cuts attributed to its Comprehensive Asset Reduction Schedule (CARS) in the coming months.
SOURCE: Christina Gilmartin Communications Director, Office of the Mayor