Yonkers was in line to lose more than $14 million in video-lottery terminal revenues from the state, but a last-minute intervention from Mayor Philip Amicone and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino staved off the cut.
Senate Republicans submitted a one-house budget measure that allocated about $5 million for Yonkers from VLT revenue, down from the $19.6 million recommended by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Democratic-controlled Assembly.
Sen. Hugh Farley, R-Niskayuna, Schenectady County, said the the agreement was reached after Astorino and Amicone lobbied Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, about the funding cut.
Farley said the VLT money going to Yonkers won’t impact the Senate’s total spending proposal, $132.5 billion.
“We shifted it around from a million different places,” Farley said.
Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, said the city still faces a $17.5 million education cut to the school district, one of the largest in the state.
“I’m certainly glad it has resolved, that this issue has been resolved and the VLT money will be restored to Yonkers,” she said. “It’s certainly something I’ve been fighting for because it’s critical for the school district, which is already facing a large cut in the governor’s budget. It was imperative that this be restored.”