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

Gov. Cuomo Vetos Bill Curtailing School Districts’ Borrowing for Short-Term Expenditures

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The governor has rejected legislation that would undermine the intent of New York’s newly enacted property tax cap by allowing school districts to issue 15-year bonds to cover a portion of their rising teacher pension costs. The press release issued stated the following: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday vetoed a bill that would have allowed school districts to issue new …

eHeziGov. Cuomo Vetos Bill Curtailing School Districts’ Borrowing for Short-Term Expenditures

Yonkers Budget Would Make Madoff Blush By RICHARD MARTINELLI

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$40 MILLION in One Shot Deals-Push Yonkers to the Brink Letter delivered to all members of the Yonkers City Council this afternoon, June 13, 2011: Dear City Council President: I am writing today to raise questions about the fiduciary responsibility you have to the taxpayers of Yonkers in the discussion and formulation of the city’s budget for fiscal year 2011-2012.  

eHeziYonkers Budget Would Make Madoff Blush By RICHARD MARTINELLI

Governor Cuomo to Kick-Off Statewide ‘People First’ Campaign in Syracuse

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  Governor Cuomo's statewide tour will build support for legislative priorities including property tax cap, ethics reform and marriage equality Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he will kick-off his statewide "People First" campaign tomorrow at Noon at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. 

eHeziGovernor Cuomo to Kick-Off Statewide ‘People First’ Campaign in Syracuse

Council President Lesnick Introduces Resolution to Repeal State Mandates Before Legislature Approves Property Tax Cap

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Lesnick Calls for State to Make Fiscal Changes to Prevent City Layoffs and Service Cuts  Yonkers, NY, March 2, 2011 — Returning to Yonkers from the NYS Assembly Hearings on the proposed Property Tax Cap, Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick yesterday introduced a resolution before the City Council that would have the State of New York repeal its mandates …

eHeziCouncil President Lesnick Introduces Resolution to Repeal State Mandates Before Legislature Approves Property Tax Cap

The Hezitorial: Perks Long Permitted “Family and Friends Network” Members Collapse Under Mayoral Ineptitude BY Hezi Aris

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Mayor Phil Amicone's Epiphany is Derived from Councilwoman Joan Gronowski's Initiative Since Stolen from Her and Made His Own  A Press Release issued in the name of Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone,  Wednesday, September 1, 2010, entitled “Amicone Launches Effort to Collect Taxes from Seriously Delinquent Property Owners” maintains the mayor has changed course by instituting a new program to “redouble” the …

eHeziThe Hezitorial: Perks Long Permitted “Family and Friends Network” Members Collapse Under Mayoral Ineptitude BY Hezi Aris

County Executive Astorino’s Latest Budget Projections BY KEN JENKINS

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This week's projections released by the County Executivecontinue to show progress for Westchester taxpayers, as it appears the Board-approved benefit reform package, the Board-recommended voluntary separation plan and the Board-initiated state retirement incentive will achieve $75 million dollars of savings for 2011. There is a way to go, but with sales tax revenues exceeding projections for the fourth month in a row, there are …

eHeziCounty Executive Astorino’s Latest Budget Projections BY KEN JENKINS

Astorino Directs Department Heads to Develop Plans that Cut 20 Percent

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 WHITE PLAINS, NY, July 21, 2010 — Six months into 2010, the projected deficit for next year remains enormously high  despite ongoing efforts that have shaved off more than $36 million, County Executive Robert P. Astorino said today.

eHeziAstorino Directs Department Heads to Develop Plans that Cut 20 Percent

Board Chairman Jenkins Proposes a Property Tax Cap for Westchester County Residents

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 WHITE PLAINS, NY, July 16, 2010 — Today, Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins announced that he has submitted legislation that will cap local property tax growth. The Chairman's tax cap proposal would impose long-term fiscal discipline and ease the  burden on Westchester homeowners, who pay the highest property taxes in the country. 

eHeziBoard Chairman Jenkins Proposes a Property Tax Cap for Westchester County Residents

Sanitation Workers Institute a City-wide Slowdown on Garbage Pick-up BY JOHN M. MURTAGH

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 As I am sure you have seen this week, it appears that the union representing our sanitation workers has decided to respond to necessary budget cuts with a work slow down and job action.  It is unfortunate that, as Yonkers struggles with a 90 million dollar budget shortfall, our municipal unions have consistently resisted helping the taxpayers and residents get …

eHeziSanitation Workers Institute a City-wide Slowdown on Garbage Pick-up BY JOHN M. MURTAGH