The mayors of Yonkers, Syracuse, Rochester released a statement today responding to Fredric U. Dicker’s column in the New York Post that said their cities are “close to bankruptcy” and looking for a bailout from the governor.
Mayors Stephanie Miner of Syracuse, Thomas Richards of Rochester and Mike Spano of Yonkers contend that they are not seeking “handouts ” – and instead “are working together and looking to have frank conversations with the governor regarding the new realities of municipal finance.”
“We read with concern the statements in today’s press. Three things need to be re-stated on the public record. One, the cities of New York are not seeking handouts. We are trying to address a serious financial problem that affects many of the citizens of New York who live and work in our cities. Two, we have repeatedly and with great pain cut services and employees. Three, the budget gaps that are soon to appear in cities across the state are too large to be bridged from within those cities. To suggest otherwise only postpones the hard work of resolving the problem.”