YONKERS, NY – June 23, 2012 – Yonkers Tribune, based upon reliable sources who have requested anonymity, has been advised that Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano’s FY2012-2013 Budget has yet to gain the coveted certification required from the Office of New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. The rumor mill of those few in the know immediately jumped to designating the budget to have been rejected, but that is not the case.
The Office of NYS Comptroller DiNapoli has brought up two issues. The first concerns the Yonkers Board of Education fund balance, which was nearly exhausted in completing the final budget requested by the Yonkers Public School. The second concern was the reduction of 30 Yonkers Firefighters and the closing of two Firehouses that rests on the city side of the equation.
As things stand today, Saturday, June 23, 2012, Yonkers City Hall and the NYS Comptroller’s Office are in engaged in negotiation to win the Comptroller’s Office over on the concerns noted. Should a negotiated agreement not be concluded by the Tuesday, June 26, 2012, Regular Meeting of the Yonkers City Council, a revised budget will need to be presented to the Yonkers City Council. It may also happen that an amendment to Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano’s FY2012-2013 Budget will need to be included to mitigate the concerns noted by the NYS Comptroller’s Office.
Having yet to gain certification will cause a further delay and ratchet the angst felt by Yonkers Department of Finance Commissioner John Liszewski’s for his inability to send out the tax bills that were scheduled to be sent out around July 6, 2012.