FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 8, 2010
Contact: Jim Maisano at 914-995-2826
or Gordon A. Burrows at 914-263-5548
GOP LEGISLATORS OUTRAGED BY CHANGE OF DATE FOR BUDGET VOTE – SAY DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP CONTINUES TO ACT IRRESPONSIBLY ON IMPORTANT DUTY OF PROPERLY PASSING A BUDGET
White Plains, New York – Republican County Legislators criticized a troubling move by Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) to reschedule the vote on the County’s 2011 budget to this Friday, December 10, despite the budget vote having previously been scheduled for the entire year for Monday, December 13, 2010.
“Moving up the vote by three days without any public discussion is exactly the type of shenanigans that turn people off towards politics. The budget vote was scheduled for the past year for December 13 and several legislators had planned their business and personal schedules around that date. To change it on a whim is just plain bad government,” said Minority Leader Jim Maisano (R-New Rochelle).
The budget vote was still changed even though Minority Leader Maisano and Minority Whip Gordon A. Burrows (R–Yonkers/Bronxville) put Chairman Jenkins on notice that several Republican legislators had conflicts with a Friday vote. Several of the Republican legislators had commitments at their outside jobs this Friday, and one legislator is out-of-town dealing with a child who needed emergency surgery.
This move comes on the heels of another budget maneuver by the Democratic majority. This past Monday, December 6, the Democratic caucus met behind closed doors to plan restoring some $43 million in spending that County Executive Rob Astorino had cut in his proposed budget. These fiscally irresponsible additions were done in the private Democratic caucus and outside of the view of the public and press, as well as the Republican legislators.
Minority Whip Burrows stated, “The Democrats are now rushing the budget vote through – probably trying to hide the $43 million in wasteful spending they just added. It is a slap in the face to the legislators who planned for the scheduled vote on Monday and is unfair to taxpayers. We have worked hard to foster a bi-partisan spirit in legislative matters. In fact, only Monday night in a historic bi-partisan vote, term limits legislation was passed for the first time in Westchester County government history. That is the right way to conduct our legislative business. This Friday’s budget vote is strictly a partisan effort to manipulate the budget process and bad for the taxpayers of Westchester County.”
Jim Maisano can be reached at 914-636-1621 or at JimMaisano@gmail.com
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