Statement from Gov. Cuomo on FY2014-2015 Budget Negotiations

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“Now that the legislature’s one house budget resolutions are being completed, real discussions can begin.  “The main budget issue will be whether we have the will to do what is politically difficult and attack the waste and duplication of local governments that drive up property taxes. Property taxes are the single largest and most devastating tax in our state. I …

eHeziStatement from Gov. Cuomo on FY2014-2015 Budget Negotiations

Letter to the Editor By CARLO CALVI

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Letter to the Editor of the Yonkers Tribune:             In the “Hezitorial” regarding “Modern Day Serfdom in Yonkers” you ask , “Among those who yearn to serve the City of Yonkers, does any one of them have a plan to contend with the financial reality that has consumed Yonkersites?” Specifically, it is presumed, how will the new leader deal with …

eHeziLetter to the Editor By CARLO CALVI

Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone Responds to Teachers Union Vote & Ongoing Budget Negotiations

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Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone issued the following statement today regarding the ongoing city budget negotiations, specifically the teachers union vote against temporarily giving up automatic raises in order to help save 700+ jobs and critical programs at the Yonkers Public Schools. "For the past six weeks, others and I have been working tirelessly to secure additional funding for the Yonkers …

eHeziYonkers Mayor Phil Amicone Responds to Teachers Union Vote & Ongoing Budget Negotiations

Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone Responds to Ongoing Budget Negotiations

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Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone issued the following statement today regarding the ongoing city budget negotiations, specifically the city's proposal to establish a City of Yonkers Transitional Financing Authority (TFA) that would free up $20 million to save school programs and jobs. The TFA requires the approval of the State Comptroller and the State Legislature.

eHeziYonkers Mayor Phil Amicone Responds to Ongoing Budget Negotiations

The State Must Act Now By CHUCK LESNICK

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In a bi-partisan effort to avert severe cuts to the Yonkers Public Schools that would result in 700 layoffs, the Yonkers City Council voted 6-1 early Wednesday morning to ask the State to create a Transitional Finance Authority (TFA). The Authority would refinance some of our existing debt resulting in a $20 million reduction in our operating costs for next …

eHeziThe State Must Act Now By CHUCK LESNICK

Yonkers City Council Approves Compromise Agreement to Avert Fiscal Crisis – State Has to Now Act

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YONKERS, NY — In a bi-partisan effort to avert the elimination of pre-K and full-day kindergarten along with other cuts to the Yonkers Public Schools, the Yonkers City Council early Wednesday morning voted 6-1 to link the City's ability to restructure its debt through an amended form of the mayor's proposed Transitional Finance Authority (TFA) and promptly sent the new …

eHeziYonkers City Council Approves Compromise Agreement to Avert Fiscal Crisis – State Has to Now Act

Yonkers Mayor Admonishes State Lawmakers for Selling Out Public School Children to Appease Teachers Union

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Yonkers, NY — The following is an official statement from Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone regarding the FY 2011-12 state budget adopted this week by the New York State Legislature. Specifically, the mayor’s comments concern a $14 million appropriation for the Teacher Resource and Computer Training program, a discretionary fund used by tenured teachers for continuing education classes. There are few …

eHeziYonkers Mayor Admonishes State Lawmakers for Selling Out Public School Children to Appease Teachers Union

Praise for State Budget Deal? Not So Fast, Yonkers Officials Say

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State Leaders Pass Tough Decisions Down to Local Governments & School Districts  Budget Deal Leaves Yonkers Schools Facing 700 Layoffs, Program and Transportation Cuts Yonkers, NY, March 28, 2011 — Don't count Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone and Schools Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio among those heaping praise on Governor Cuomo and state legislative leaders for an on-time budget deal. That's because their …

eHeziPraise for State Budget Deal? Not So Fast, Yonkers Officials Say

The Shaky State Budget: A Preliminary Overview and Analysis BY E.J. McMAHON

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New York finally has a new state budget—more or less.   NEW YORK, NY, July 7, 2010 — On June 28, the Legislature passed the last in a series of appropriation bills authorizing spending for the state’s 2010-11 fiscal year, which began April 1.  Gov David Paterson promptly vetoed thousands of line items added by the Legislature, mainly legislative pork-barrel …

eHeziThe Shaky State Budget: A Preliminary Overview and Analysis BY E.J. McMAHON