Pierorazio’s Joint Legislative Budget Committee Testimony of January 29, 2013
YONKERS, NY — February 24, 2013 — The Yonkers Tribune was not made aware of Yonkers Public
School (YPS) Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio’s January 29, 2013, testimony
before New York State's Joint Legislative Budget Committee. Prior to Mr
Pierorazio’s presentation, the YPS Superintendent thanked those in attendance:
co-chairs Senator John A. DeFrancisco and Assemblymember Herman D. Farrell, as
well as Education Chairs Senator John J. Flanagan and Assemblymember Catherine
Nolan for allowing him a venue to share his perspective of the state of affairs
with regard to the Yonkers Public School District (YPSD). The local delegation
was comprised of Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Senator
George Latimer, as well as the delegation chair Assemblymember Gary Pretlow and Assemblymember Shelley
Pierorazio began with defining the basic figures, that is,
the present YPS Pre-K-12 enrollment for 2013-2014 as 26,530 students. First he
expressed the need for consistent and equitable funding for public education
noting that it has not been addressed and offering no mitigation for, or
beginning the promise of open discourse in Albany to be thereafter expressed to
the community at large.
His next postulation was deflating cerebrally
and disheartening emotionally. He spoke to his administration’s continuing inability
to define how instructional efforts, and the subsequent data by which they measure the delivery of efficacious educational translations of the appropriate
class subject matter to best translate education standards demanded. It
seems Mr Pierorazio is still pondering issues that continue to evade his
intellectual ability to grasp his charge as Yonkers Public School
The next logical expression of thought is for Pierorazio to quickly
blame Albany for its allegedly callous disregard for the YPSD. This supposition
was delineated with notice of all the deficiencies he recognized but still, he
offered no remedy to even one. He continues to speak over the heads of those to
whom he was offered a venue only show the august body that they may be clueless
and how brilliant he can compose a dissertation. The human student element is
devoid of the presentation I write herein. He has not gained respect for the
YPSD's plight, nor has he convinced anyone that a solution toward remedy
Lastly he promotes the need for rebuilding a Public Private
Partnership dynamic when he has not afforded Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano the
relevant information by which to judge the validity of the P3 paradigm, as Mayor Spano personally assured this reporter.
What right does Pierorazio have to promote an unproven
fiscal concept without advising the public at large as to the costs? Why should
Yonkersites trust Pierorazio his contention when he has afforded no proof to
the concept? YPSD Chief Adinistrative Officer Joseph Bracchitta has become an
advocate / spokeperson for the P3 concept, but he too, offers no numbers to
substantiate the grand concept. For whom does the P3 concept work? For how many years
will the cost encumber the Yonkers taxpayer? How much will those that espouse
the concept make as consultants to the firms engaged in this concept for the
City of Yonkers (CoY)? Plus, there are many more questions that have yet to be
asked, much more. There are no legally codified protections afforded the Yonkers taxpayer from being taken to the cleaner should hiccoughs exist in this yet to be completely revealed concept. The Tax Incremental Finance (TIF) scheme
was nirvana when it was first presented. Yonkers
Tribune trashed it within days for not serving the needs of CoY. Where is
the proof that P3 is a valid concept for Yonkersites?
The most unnerving issue is that in mid February New York
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli presented Yonkers a Fiscal Profile, an analysis scrutinizing Yonkers state of fiscal affairs. Unfortunately, the
figures tabulated were based upon figures a year old. Nevertheless, Comptroller DiNapoli’s data
analysis presented a baseline from which future Fiscal Profiles may be appended
so as to ascertain progress or lack thereof.
Almost two weeks later, Yonkers
Tribune learns of Pierorazio’s presentation in Albany. Why does Pierorazio
not advise Yonkersites of the fiscal state of affairs of the YPSD? He advised
Read the figures and weep!
Anticipated Revenues as of 1/23/13 are $507,586,500, but the
Estimated Expenses of $550,176,813 reveal an Estimated Budget Shortfall of
$42,590,313. Editor’s Note: Yonkers Tribune stipulates a $100,000,000 shortfall on the city side. Together,
the Budget shortfall is approximately $150,000,000. Though no one in City Hall
or Yonkers City Council has divulged its grand scale.
Instead of finding some solutions to the fiscal plight
facing Yonkers becoming central to every waking moment incorporated by the
executive and legislative branches of government, Yonkers continues to engage
in pointless drama.
Editor's Note: Considering no one is discussing the impending fiscal crisis, it is likely not a crisis and this is all B.S., including Mr.Pierorazio's presentation, except for the promotion of the Private Public Partnership concept that will encumber Yonkers for the next 30 years with debt promoted by those in power today who will meet their demise while Yonkersites continue to pay the bills those who promote P3 will have incurred in the name of all Yonkersites.