Business Council of Westchester issues statement on 2013 county budget preview

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Here’s the Business Council’s statement on the preview of the 2013 budget given by Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino Thursday morning. Click here for more on the budget preview:

Statement from Business Council Regarding County Executive’s Preview of 2013 Budget

The Business Council of Westchester strongly supports County Executive Astorino’s call for serious and, if necessary, round the clock negotiations with the county’s largest unions. As today’s budget preview clearly demonstrates, county government is facing its own fiscal cliff. Failure to address the issues at hand jeopardizes the fragile economic recovery under way in Westchester. Fiscal uncertainty is not conducive to business stability and growth. It also sends the wrong message to businesses we need to attract to Westchester. We can ill afford to see our business base erode. The time is clearly at hand to address head on the rapidly escalating cost of union health care benefits. Employees in the private sector have had to make sacrifices by contributing more to their health care benefits. It’s time for the county’s unions to make the concessions necessary to preserve their jobs and the fiscal health of the county. Raising taxes is not an option. We support the County Executive’s fiscally responsible approach and his call to the largest unions to work with him. Further, we urge the County Board of Legislators to adopt a balanced budget for 2013 with no fiscal gimmicks that would risk the County losing its AAA bond rating.

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  1. Private business have offered a wide array of luxury benefits to thier employees, that union members would/could never enjoy. Private business gave out high salaries and huge boneses when times were good. CSEA has accepted raises from zero percent to less then the Cost of Living increases, partly because health benefits meant alot, and they understood that. Now you want to take that also. How come no one is holding the insurance companies accountable for their huge increases and less service. Union workers are paying much more in co-pays now and getting less benefits. Don’t beat up on the little guy making $30,000 to 40,000 a year to pay $300/month towards health insurance. COBA may be now paying into their health insurance now, but when they retire, they won’t have to. I hope all the unions get the same benefit because CSEA represents many employees at less then half of the salaries of other union members with settled contracts. Wake up Westchester to where you tax dollars are really going and it’s not the little guy.

  2. Nonya, you’re way off on the numbers. Private companies usually pay less than what government workers make and we work without pensions.

    You’re right though that there’s no need to beat up on the little guy, especially when there’s plenty of big fish out in the waters.

  3. HEY BILL WHERE ARE YOUR NUMBERS? THE PRIVATE SECTOR GOT THE COUNTY IN THIS MESS NOW THE UNION IS EXPECTED TO GIVE BACK? I DONT THINK SO.