RE: Release of the County Executives FY10 Executive Budget

11/16/2009 12:01:00 PM

 

 

We are looking forward to a cooperative working relationship between the Legislature and the Administration. In this climate of cost saving and economic cautiousness, nothing is off the table. The County must – and will – continue to look for creative ideas for service delivery and additional savings. 

 

The financial crisis has forced all of us in government to assess our priorities, so that going forward we can continue to minimize the impact that cuts will have on essential services.  Through this series of oversight meetings, we are demonstrating both how serious this process is and how committed the Board of Legislators is in helping shape the important decisions that will be made over the coming weeks. 

 

It’s imperative that we take a responsible approach to balancing our budget.  We must make sure we protect the county’s quality of life, and ensure that we continue to move in the right direction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/16/2009 3:02:27 PM

 

 

Legislator George Oros joined MTA Metro-North President Howard Permut, Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi and State Assemblywoman Sandra Galef at a groundbreaking ceremony at the Cortlandt Train Station to mark the start of construction for expanded facilities at the station, including an extended overpass and new elevated waiting areas, a new western parking lot and an access road connecting to a new Route 9A intersection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hearings will help shape County budget; Board is determined to maintain fiscal conservation

11/17/2009 10:30:01 AM

 

What:  

 

 

Westchester County Board Chairman William J. Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains) and the Board’s Budget and Appropriations Chairman Jose I. Alvarado (D, WFP-Yonkers) today announced the schedule for a series of public oversight meetings following the release of the County Executive’s FY2010 Operating Budget
 

 

 

Who: 

 

 

Speakers to attend are (still in formation):

 

  • Legislator Jose Alvarado (D, WFP-Yonkers), Chair – Committee on Budget and Appropriations
  • Various agency and/or department heads
  • Members of the Legislature

 

Where:  

 

 

Board of Legislator’s Committee Room, 8th floor
Westchester County Office Building
800 Michaelian Office Building
148 Martine Avenue (corner of Court Street)
White Plains, New York 10601
 

 

 

When: 

 

 

Click here for dates and times for each oversight meeting
 

 

 

Why: 

 

 

The Office of Management and Budget formulates an annual budget for the coming year for the administration. That proposed budget is then forwarded to members of the Legislature for review. The budget is then reviewed by members of the Legislature. They, in turn, either accept the administration’s budget as is, or they make recommendations for changes to the budget. Those changes, as well as the administration’s proposed budget are aired during a public hearing. At that time, members of the public, as well as department heads and managers, are welcome to discuss the proposed budget.  A majority of the Legislature (10 members) must vote in favor of the budget and amendments if there are any, for the budget to be adopted. The County Executive then has 10 days in which to sign the budget/amended budget.

 

 

 

I heard the taxpayers loud and clear, so my goal here is to get the County Executives proposed tax increase down to zero.

11/17/2009 1:34:08 PM

 

 

“The taxpayers have spoken.  We must do better,” said Westchester County Legislator and Board Vice Chairman Michael B. Kaplowitz (D-I, Somers), today after receiving the County Executive’s 2010 proposed County Budget, which put forth a 4.88% property tax increase.  A number that Kaplowitz, a Certified Financial Planner and immediate past chairman of the Legislature’s Budget & Appropriations Committee, said is simply “Unacceptable.”  

 

“These are very tough economic times.  People have lost – or are in fear of losing – their jobs, many have depleted their savings and/or retirement accounts, and are simply maxed out on property taxes,” Kaplowitz stated.

 

According to Kaplowitz, bringing the budget to a 0% tax increase would require $26 million in cuts.  “It will not be an easy time for this legislature over the coming weeks.  Some difficult decisions will have to be made.  But if we are going to get this number down, everyone is going to have to sacrifice,” said Kaplowitz.  “We must share the pain in order to share the gain.  That means ratcheting down government expenses to meet reduced revenues.”

 

Kaplowitz’ proposed cuts will be released at a later date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hearings will help shape County budget; Board is determined to maintain fiscal conservation

11/18/2009 9:54:52 AM

 

 

 

 

What:  

 

 

Westchester County Board Chairman William J. Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains) and the Board’s Budget and Appropriations Chairman Jose I. Alvarado (D, WFP-Yonkers) today announce neighborhood-based budget oversight meetings, in which residents within the southern region of the county can voice their concerns about the 2010 proposed county budget submitted by County Executive Andy Spano.  Residents who live in the following communities are welcome to attend:  Yonkers, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, Bronxville, Pelham, Pelham Manor, Eastchester and Tuckahoe

 

 

Who:

 

 

Speakers to attend include:

 

  • Legislator Jose Alvarado (D, WFP-Yonkers), Chair – Committee on Budget and Appropriations
  • Board Chairman William Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains)
  • Various agency and/or department heads
  • Local non-profit, civic and community leaders
  • Members of the Legislature 

 

Where:    

 

 

Mt. Vernon City Hall
1 Roosevelt Square (Stevens Ave btwn South 5th Ave and Wilson Place)
Mt. Vernon, New York
 

 

 

When:    

 

 

Thursday, November 19th, 2009 at 7:00pm SHARP!
 

 

 

Why:  

 

 

The Office of Management and Budget formulates an annual budget for the coming year for the administration. That proposed budget is then forwarded to members of the Legislature for review. The budget is then reviewed by members of the Legislature. They, in turn, either accept the administration’s budget as is, or they make recommendations for changes to the budget. Those changes, as well as the administration’s proposed budget are aired during a public hearing. At that time, members of the public, as well as department heads and managers, are welcome to discuss the proposed budget.