Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano’s Proposed FY 2018-2019 Budget to Receive an Infusion of Funds
Allocation of Funding Expected to Be Designated and Scrutinized
City of Yonkers (CoY) May Be Visited by Governor Andrew Cuomo During Final Budget Review Scheduled to Begin Today @ 11:30am
YONKERS, NY — June 1, 2018 — Yonkers Tribune has learned that the dire outcome expected to be the outcome to befall Yonkers may in fact be diverted from the dire consequences heard from Yonkers City Hall, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, among a city divided by disgust over how CoY arrived at the gates of doom and gloom. The outlook was so outrageous to fathom, that many Yonkersites presumed it was an overblown hoax. Others expected the looming fiscal catastrophe would be averted. How they did not know.
As scrutiny of the budget began, few among the Yonkers City Council, particularly the three incumbents were deficient in gleaning any issues of relevance, while the new Councilmembers were desperate to make sensor it all.
Yonkers Tribune, knowing that Gov. Cuomo this morning delivers eulogy at the funeral services for Assemblymember Denny Farrell. the church is located in Harlem and is therefore a short drive to Yonkers. Should the Gov. Cuomo not be delayed too long, he will be able to arrive at Yonkers City Hall and perhaps make the announcement on Yonkers TV, City Hall live streaming video, while the Yonkers City Council is in session scrutinizing the revised budget proposal as the 11:30am proceedings commence or shortly thereafter, dependent on traffic. The financial package will be given expression later today. Any assistance will be of help. Expect the crisis of 400 plus dismissals to be reduced to below 100 and a tax increase that will hover at around $100 per household.
Gov. Cuomo’s response to CoY’s continuing fiscal crisis reveals his magnanimity and benevolence toward Yonkersites. CoY would be wise to embrace enlightened budgetary decorum, protocols and standards because it would seem logical to infer that New York State can not continue to bail out Yonkers from its errant behavior and past fiscal mismanagement.
Yonkers Tribune has long spoken of the promotion of, rather than the curtailment of pension padding schemes promoted by many past and recent administrations will to spend taxpayer funds for pension padding schemes. The “friends and family” and “patronage” engaged former yonkers City Council Majority Leader John Larkin’s son-in-law Joe Lynsey with a job at the Department of Public Works, this above the other Larkin family members employed by Yonkers City Hall.
Overtime constraints have been promoted by Yonkers City Hall under this administration and prior administrations. The Yonkers Police Department had a cap on OT but has allowed as much as 60 hours worth of OT, some not even performed, such as when an officer worked 4 hours, Yet was paid for 6 hours. Yonkers Tribune learned that the cap was revised to 40 hours as of yesterday. Why the need for OT. If OT was only engaged for emergency needs, a larger number of Police Officers could be hired at the salary they earn, and should they need to be engaged in overtime duty, it must be kept at a minimum and a cap set for every person on an equal basis. The scams must stop. The Yonkers Department Commissioners must be demanded to relieve the taxpayer of such excesses so as not to be begging, Tin cup in hand for one hand out or another. The outcry is demeaning in equal degrees as it goes unheard by others who suffer similar constraints.
Will another bailout by Gov. Cuomo bring about conduct worthy of Yonkers putting its fiscal house in order? Will Yonkers City Hall expunge vacant positions that go unattended by attrition brought about retirement or death?
Will the Inspector General hunker down and do his job or would it be more prudent to disband the Department since little if any issues have been shared much less divulged to the public. the cost to the taxpayer is over $800,000 per annum. how are the funds of value to the taxpayer?
Why has the Board of Ethics been disbanded by their not meeting at minimum four-times a year to maintain its integrity as a Board?
The questions are endless and have been pointed out among the virtual pages of the Yonkers Tribune.
Have those elected to office concerned about getting another chance to remedy Yonkers fiscal plight or will Yonkersites suffer this mental angst every year? How many more years will Albany bail out the City of Yonkers?