YONKERS, NY — March 13, 2014 — The New York State Senate Majority, under guidance by the Senator Dean Skelos, Republican, Conservative, Independence Majority Conference Leader, and Independent Democratic Coalition (IDC) Senator Jeff Klein have included a one sentence resolution that would permit the New York State Legislature to change the present demeanor of the Yonkers Board of Education from an independent entity albeit financially dependent to a department of the City of Yonkers. The proposed resolution was entered into the “budget” negotiations that continue to take place tonight without advice or consent of either Democratic Senate Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and/or Senator George Latimer, who together represent the various communities that comprise the City of Yonkers (CoY) among other disparate localities.
Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Senator George Latimer Regarding Yonkers Mayoral Control issued the following statement, “There have been serious lapses of fiscal transparency and accountability within the City of Yonkers school system which must be remedied and reformed. As the two Senators who represent the City of Yonkers, we were not consulted and were surprised that the Majority Coalition advanced mayoral control without giving the community, parents and stakeholders an opportunity to be part of the process. It is clear that there is a need for a broader discussion on reforms to the school system, including governance issues, but this discussion must include the people of Yonkers and not be decided after-hours in the backrooms of the State Capitol.”