Yonkers, New York
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- Budget documents are available.
- Meeting schedules, agendas, and minutes are posted.
- Elected officials' names and contact information are available.
- Administrative officials' names and contact information are available on individual department webpages.
- Building and zoning code information, along with forms, are posted.
- Audit reports by the Inspector General are published.
- Open contracts are available, but require online login information.
- Public records request information, including forms, are online.
- Local tax information is available.
- Contract solicitation results do not indicate vendors who have received contracts.
- City lobbying expenditures are published.
The 2012 executive budget contained no reductions in municipal services or employment cuts, yet increased property taxes by 4.81%. It contains the largest local taxpayer contribution to a school district of all large New York cities. It totals $918,171,261, an increase of 2.7% over the 2011 adopted budget. The municipal budget makes up $435 million of that total, while the rest is dedicated to the school district.
The City Council is made up of seven members elected to four year terms. The Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, with a primary function of passing or rejecting the Mayor's budget, approving zoning, advising and consenting to Mayoral appointments, and introducing and approving legislation. A City Council President is elected to preside over meetings, and also to act as a city-wide ombudsman. Members as of January 2014 are:
|Liam J. McLaughlin||Council President||At large|
|Christopher A. Johnson||Councilmember||District 1|
|Corazon Pineda||Councilmember||District 2|
|Michael Sabatino||Minority Leader||District 3|
|Dennis Shepard||Councilmember||District 4|
|Mike Breen||Councilmember||District 5|
|John Larkin||Majority Leader||District 6|
A list of city departments can be found here.
According to the Empire Center, the ten highest paid city employees work for the Police and Fire departments. Those salaries range from $231,070 to $210,460. A full list of salaries can be found here (dead link).
Yonkers retirees participate in the New York State pension system, as well as receive many of the same health benefits that they did while employed. Medical plan contribution rates continue at the same rate as they were as an active employee.
Records provided by the State Comptrollers office found that Yonkers employees receive on average some of the largest pensions in the state. Police and firefighters average $62,738 per year, but as much as $120,000 if the employee retired in 2010. Other municipal employees average $24,153.
Transparency & public records
Yonkers does not provide any information on taxpayer funded lobbying activity.
- City Council Documents
- City Council Members
- Contact the Mayor
- Departments A-F
- Departments G-V
- Housing & Buildings
- F.O.I.L. Requests
- Taxes and water
- Recent Solicitation Results
- Executive Budget 2012
- Yonkers, "City Council Members," accessed June 8, 2014
- Mayor's Biography
- Yonkers City Salaries, SeeThroughNY.net, The Empire Center (dead link)
- Yonkers Retiree Information
- "Six figure pension club grows after retirement incentives, Spano's departure," lohud.com, October 9, 2011
- F.O.I.L. Request Form
- What is the Property Tax?