The Budget Crisis Hezitorial
Albany Delegation Promises and Legislative Conduct Still Undelivered
Doom and Gloom Awaits Yonkersites in Anticipation of Good Friday, Passover, and Easter Sunday
YONKERS, NY — March 28, 2019 — The New York State Legislature is expected to approve the proposed NYS FY2018-2019 Budget by Thursday, March 29th, at worst, no later than Friday, March 30th. It should also be noted that Yonkers is facing a budget shortfall on the city side valued at approximately $25 million and an additional $50 million shortfall with respect to the Department of the Yonkers Board of Education. Funding allocation disparities exist between the NYS Senate and NYS Assembly that have yet to be divulged. Once the NYS Legislature finds agrees to a meeting of the minds over a budget allocation for The City of Yonkers (CoY), Mayor Mike Spano, with Finance Commissioner John Liszewski, and CPA Nick DeSantis will define a budget that inculcates New York State funding allocations vis-a-vis budgetary requirements that are presently understood to be onerous for CoY.
Yonkers Tribune has learned that Mayor Mike Spano’s Administration are ready to engage draconian measures to fill the shortfall on the back of taxpayers.
1) Department of Public Works Commissioner Thomas Meier, Sr. will impose a $200 per family fee increase for garbage collection.
2) The Mortgage Recording Tax will be increased as necessary; anywhere from ½ to 1½ percent.
3) Neither the former School Street Fire Headquarters condemned a few years back for deficient investment upkeep will not be built. While there has been a consolidation of Fire companies among the remaining Fire houses. The School Street Fire house is the most busy yet equipment allocations are spread across the city distances from Getty Square and thereby retarding a faster response. Neither will the Fire house for which Forest City Ratner is said to have paid CoY $3 million to win approval for the Ridge Hill of Westchester at Yonkers development. The $3 million allocation was never allocated to build a Fire house at Ridge Hill. What happened to those funds? Was an escrow fund set up with the $3 million? What happened to the money?
4) The 2 percent tax cap will be surpassed with negative consequences.
5) Recent promotions among Fire and Police Departments will suffer under a threat of firings. Department of Public Works workers will also suffer firings. A total of over 200 people.
6) The Yonkers Board of Education is also threatened by a loss of personnel. the numbers presently contemplated by the administration will be noted in an appended update later this evening.
7) Expect water rates to rise.
8) A Financial Control Board of the City of Yonkers will likely to be requested of Governor Andrew Cuomo and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli through a member of the Albany Delegation, that is, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assemblymember Shelly Mayer / Senator Shelly Mayor, depending on whether she succeeds against Republican Senate District 37 candidate Julie Killian.
At issue is whether the conducted spoken about in hushed tones in Yonkers Ivory Tower are analogous to the threats of the past that realized no firings or if the fiscal stress is so dire that the remedies will come about and the public will suffer the consequences of poor fiscal management to which the Yonkers City Council is incapable of remedying and Mayor Mike Spano will claim he is devoid of alternate options.
Shanae Williams: Democrat-Council District 1, Corazón Pineda-Isaac: Democrat-Council District 2, Michael Sabatino: Democrat-Council District 3 are all on board to cast their vote with Mayor Mike Spano.
John Rubbo: Republican-District 4, Michael Breen: Republican-District 5, and Anthony Merante: Republican-District 6 are unlikely to approve Mayor Spano’s Budget request for FY2018-2019.
Yonkers City Council President Mike Khader could not be reached for comment.