Murtagh Asks Council to Review Audit Critical of Yonkers IDA
Yonkers, NY -- In a letter to Councilmembers Joan Gronowski and Dee Barbato, co-chairs of the Municipal Operations Committee, Yonkers Councilman John Murtagh (R-5) has recommended that the Committee convene a hearing to review a recent Audit by the NYS Comptroller which audit was critical of the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency.
“It is important that the taxpayers of Yonkers know that they are getting real and measurable benefits from IDA sponsored projects” Murtagh said. He added that “it is equally important that the hardwork of the Mayor and others not be unfairly tarnished by these allegations if they are unfounded. What it comes down to is that the people of Yonkers need accurate information”
“In the last few years we have seen a renaissance on our waterfront and the rebirth of major attractions like Yonkers Raceway and Cross County Mall which, frankly, had grown tired. If there are improvements that can make these development efforts even better we should embrace them. On the other hand, we also shouldn’t let the critics cast any doubt on the success of the development initiatives already underway”. Murtagh stated.
“Yonkers has come so very far in just a few short years that we have to address questions and criticisms head on so that the progress can continue”.
Murtagh said that he had spoken to both Councilmember Gronowski and Councilmember Barbato and anticipated that the Municipal Operations Committee would take the issue up promptly.
The letter: Download Yonkers IDA, Barbato, Gronowski, 2.09