Yonkers City Council Democrats Call For Immediate Municipal Hiring Freeze

eHezi Business, Community, Economic Development, Education, Finance, Governance, History, New York State, People, Politics, Westchester County, NY, Yonkers, NY 35 Comments

MIke Khader, Esq., is Yonkers City Council President.

YONKERS, NY  — April 3, 2018 — “The projected budget shortfall that our city is facing calls for immediate action. Staff salaries constitute a significant portion of the annual city budget, and until we see the Mayor’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year, it would prudent to delay filling any vacant positions,” said Council President Khader in a statement. “The coming budget process is going to force our city to make some very tough decisions, and we cannot afford to make those decisions even harder through continued and potentially irresponsible hiring. Hard working families in Yonkers need to know that their elected officials are taking a long-term approach to the city’s finances.”

Council President Khader’s hiring freeze proposal provides exemptions to positions funded by state or federal grants, and those that are demonstrated to be revenue generating and self-funding.

“I firmly believe that continued hiring as our city is facing this budget shortfall, before we even have a budget plan for the coming fiscal year, is not in the best interests of the City and our taxpayers. Yonkers residents deserve to know that their city government is being proactive in our budget process, and is taking every step necessary to protect taxpayers,” added Council President Khader.

Yonkers City Councilmember Shanae V. Williams represents Council District 1.

“We are facing a tough budget this year – we expected this, which is why my colleagues and I went to Albany to push for more funds earlier this year. Our state legislature is doing everything they can to help us here in Yonkers, but until we know more about where we stand with the budget, this hiring freeze is a necessity. The administration has an unofficial hiring freeze in place, but I think it’s in everyone’s best interests to make it official so we can have time to work on the budget,” said Councilwoman Shanae Williams.

The Democratic Caucus has made several trips to Albany since January 1, 2018 to lobby the state legislature for increased Aid to Municipalities (AIM) funding.

Michael Sabatino, Yonkers City Council Majority Leader (3rd District).

Democratic Majority Leader Michael Sabatino added, “With the significant threat of cuts to our workforce, I support the hiring freeze which I understand was recently implemented by the Mayor. To not have this freeze would be irresponsible as we move into our budget process for the coming year.”

Corazón Pineda-Isaac (D-2nd District)

“New hires funded by city dollars at this point would be a reckless move in light of the fiscal state of our city,” said Councilwoman Corazon Pineda-Isaac. “While I applaud the Mayor for implementing a hiring freeze in the past, I believe it is important for the Council to reinforce the need for a freeze. We must be very delicate with our spending and closely inspect this upcoming budget. It is up to us as legislators to come up with financial solutions and strategies on how to get through this budget year while also thinking of future goals and plans that will allow us to prepare for future years.”

###

SOURCE: Briggette Sayegh, Communications Director, City Council President.

 

 

eHeziYonkers City Council Democrats Call For Immediate Municipal Hiring Freeze

Comments 35

  1. Its clear and evident that people are trying to shutdown mpac or bad mouth it for obvious reasons,lots of jealousy,hatred among the arab community but there was a reason its called Mediterranean political action committee that is why it will never go away John will have his Italian and Albanian friends fill the Arab void in the end johnnie will survive the Machiavelli divide and conquer rule as he has been around and knows the game all too well,Good luck Mpac a proud supporter.

  2. Lol by 2021 Maeve Scott will be 102 years old. Doubt she will be running for anything. Rubbo ended her short political career in a year when it was very hard to lose as a democrat lmao

  3. Hezi,
    Whats coming is unfortunate.
    Since its here . Lets drain the swamp of the current grafters;
    The Teachers, The Police, The Fire Dept, City Hall Workers, and The D.P.W.
    The deadbeats. DRAIN THE SWAMP !
    No More Free Money from Us Taxpayers to Be ;
    “Do NOTHING – Layabouts .”

  4. Hezi , just because the city has gone broke, it does not mean that we do not need a
    full fire fighting force and a new fire station.
    We need that new station, because the old very structurally sound historic station
    was closed . The closing was do to neglect and a very shady commissioners vindictive motivations.
    Now Yonkers is further in crisis. This crisis is due to incompetent managers that
    brown nosed their way through the system.
    Reap what you Sow
    Meow !

  5. Mike Khader is doing a fine job as cap. He was elected to be a puppet but he does work very well with Mayor Spano. In fact the Khader’s and the Spano’s are working very very closely.

    There will always be a healthy dialogue between the executive and the legislative everyone should just work for the best interests of the city and not their personal anger and jealousy.

    How about pushing Shelly Mayer to come up with some money for yonkers. She says record aid the reality is it is a 0 increase in municipal aide. That’s ZERO.

    1. Lmao he can’t keep the streets clean and his men busy. He Is a rubber stamp and with spono, and loves dancing with the republicans.
      Give me a break !

  6. Someone is really bored or bent out of shape. The above comments sound like one person typing. Is it because he’s an Arab American is in office?
    4 months in office give him and the new council members a chance. The Mayor is in control of hiring, firing and spending. Get on his ass about it.
    until then I have faith that entire city council will do what is right for the people not themselves or the mayor. The 7 City Council members were voted in by the people therefore do right by the people.

  7. Mike Khader is an obstructionist who gets nothing done. there is already a line forming to run against him in 2021. Let’s see if his obstructionist friends can help him then.

  8. Mike Khader disgusts me. Why would he tell me he is going to “work hand and hand with the mayor”? I saw a comment similar to this below and I realized I also got fooled. I voted for him last time but not this time around

    1. Khader is not drinking the kool-aid. He is running circles around the mayor.
      Khader don’t get excited, doesn’t take much to outsmart the mayor

    2. Aren’t they all? That’s why Yonkers is in the state of desparity it’s in. Bunch of losers running this city to nothing. Job freeze? How is that when certain political figures just got their family members in less than a week ago right before this job freeze was set forth to the public? All corrupt bullshit. What’s being done about the school system? A lot of hiring going on there — people who have no qualifications and are not even certified but yet they are still there, right superintendent?

  9. I supported Mike Khader at the Yonkers Democratic Convention because he promised to work hand and hand with Mayor Mike Spano. What changed from today to the Yonkers Democratic Convention. Mike Khader now seems like more of an obstructionist. I will not be supporting him next time around.

  10. Instead of John Rubbo trying to help the People of District 4 he is wasting his time endorsing Julie Killian. We Want Maeve Scott back

    1. Maeve Scott is a pawn for Barry.
      Voters rejected every candidate that Barry Mcgooy supported.
      Scott = defeated
      Pagano= defeated
      McLaughlin = defeated

  11. Kudos to CCP. Khader for making this decision, but unfortunately this measure comes as too little too late.

    The cesspool which is Yonkers politics has put the financial security of all of its residents in danger thanks to the insurmountable amount of debt that can only be credited to the grift which has transcended in City Hall.

    5 or 6 people sitting idle in a traffic citation office collecting fines, children fresh out of high school getting DPW jobs, new hires in the Fire & Police Dept. only being selected due to nepotism, a City Clerk who makes $150,000 a year who wouldn’t otherwise be qualified to shine shoes, major tax breaks to developers who donate money to our distinguished mayor’s political war chest, unwarranted promotions that double a civil service employee’s salary when that money could hire 2 or 3 new workers to do the job. All of this happening as our city’s middle class is taxed at higher rates than our neighboring more affluent communities and will have the luxury of paying extra for things like garbage collection that should otherwise be free.

    Where were the fiscally responsible Republicans keeping the mayor’s feet to the fire as this spiraled out of control over the years? They, along with Liam McLaughlin, controlled the majority for years. Where was the concern from these courageous Democrats when they rubberstamped every budget that the Mayor sent their way? Do we really expect any different from newcomers like Councilwoman Williams, who was under Spano’s wing since he switched parties?

    Instead, they spent money we didn’t have to cover their a$$es. City employees came out on election day and voted against Khader like their lives depended on it, and there’s a reason why. Instead, we send our children and their parents to Albany to shake down Cuomo and the state legislature for money. Making absolute fools themselves because the city has been depending on a $28,000,000 one-shot from the State following the Recession for almost a decade to make ends meet.

    Our constituents deserve better, everyone on the Council who got us to this point should be primaried from within or faced off in the general. If the Mayor thinks that he deserves another term after this mess he should be institutionalized

  12. Kudos to CCP. Khader for making this decision, but unfortunately this measure comes as too little too late.

    The cesspool which is Yonkers politics has put the financial security of all of its residents in danger thanks to the insurmountable amount of debt that can only be credited to the grift which has transcended in City Hall.

    5 or 6 people sitting idle in a traffic citation office collecting fines, children fresh out of high school getting DPW jobs, new hires in the Fire & Police Dept. only being selected due to nepotism, a City Clerk who makes $150,000 a year who wouldn’t otherwise be qualified to shine shoes, major tax breaks to developers who donate money to our distinguished mayor’s political war chest, unwarranted promotions that double a civil service employee’s salary when that money could hire 2 or 3 new workers to do the job. All of this happening as our city’s middle class is taxed at higher rates than our neighboring more affluent communities and will have the luxury of paying extra for things like garbage collection that should otherwise be free.

    Where were the fiscally responsible Republicans keeping the mayor’s feet to the fire as this spiraled out of control over the years? They, along with Liam McLaughlin, controlled the majority for years. Where was the concern from these courageous Democrats when they rubberstamped every budget that the Mayor sent their way? Do we really expect any different from newcomers like Councilwoman Williams, who was under Spano’s wing since he switched parties?

    Instead, they spent money we didn’t have to cover their asses. City employees came out on election day and voted against Khader like their lives depended on it, and there’s a reason why. Instead, we send our children and their parents to Albany to shake down Cuomo and the state legislature for money. Making absolute fools themselves because the city has been depending on a $28,000,000 one-shot from the State following the Recession for almost a decade to make ends meet.

    Our constituents deserve better, everyone on the Council who got us to this point should be primaried from within or faced off in the general. If the Mayor thinks that he deserves another term after this mess he should be institutionalized.

    1. The three above mentioned hacks all made sure that their friends made it to the gravy train and now they have the nerve to call for a hiring freeze-what about all the provisonals within City Hall who are unable to pass a civil service exam yet are given a job-point in case Jose Roman who took Terrero’s job-this jerk failed the Yonkers Civil Service Clerks Exam yet bounces around from job to job within City Hall at roughly $70,000 per year.

Leave a Reply

This comment will be displayed anonymously. Your name and email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.