Castro-Blanco: Budget Delay Threatens to Sink Finances
Yonkers, NY -- Republican city council president candidate Jim Castro-Blanco is blasting incumbent Chuck Lesnick for putting Yonkers in serious financial jeopardy pointing out that the Yonkers City Council is now 11 days beyond its deadline to adopt a budget for the city's municipal operations and school district,
Yonkers' new fiscal year is set to begin in only two-and-a-half weeks on July 1st noted Mr Castro-Blanco. That means there's dangerously little time for the city to adopt a budget, have it approved by the state comptroller as required before it begins running out of money in early July.
By law, the City Council was supposed to have adopted a budget no later than June 1st.
"It's unconscionable that we are nearly two weeks beyond the deadline and the City Council has yet to adopt a budget. Soon the city will run out of money to pay for critical services that the people of Yonkers depend on: money that operates our police department, funds fire houses, pays our sanitation workers and keeps our public schools running. This failure to act falls squarely on the shoulders of Chuck Lesnick who has clearly abdicated his role of leadership on the Council," hammered Castro-Blanco.
The first-time candidate went on to explain that Lesnick's inaction and indecision not only endangered Yonkers' immediate future, but also threatened the city's future.
"Unfortunately, Yonkers' has a recent history of state-imposed financial control boards and the continued failure of the City Council under Chuck Lesnick to adopt a budget threatens to put us right back there again. The people of Yonkers will not tolerate another control board," Castro-Blanco said.
Castro Blanco continued, "Everywhere I go residents tell me how frustrated they are by the same old political scene in Yonkers. We desperately need a change in leadership on the City Council. When I'm council president, Yonkers will move forward because we will have strong leadership and a clearly defined vision for our city's future."
The candidate concluded by calling for immediate action on the budget. "We can't afford any further delay," he said.
Learn more about Jim Castro-Blanco's campaign for Yonkers City Council President at JimCastro-Blanco.com.