“The final budget we have to vote on isn’t seen by anyone but the majority,” said Legislator Sheila Marcotte, R-Tuckahoe, who proposed the resolution along with Gordon Burrows, R-Yonkers, and Michael Smith, R-Greenburgh.
But Democratic leaders rejected the proposal, first made a couple months ago, arguing the budget process has been very transparent under their leadership and that the substantive changes to the budget are made at least a week before the vote. The budget additions, which Legislator Ken Jenkins, D-Yonkers, said are the core of the changes, will be made Dec. 3. After that only deletions can be made without an additional public hearing, he said.
“I think that kind of procedural modification is really a red herring,” Jenkins said.
John Ravitz, the executive vice president of the Business Council of Westchester, came to the press conference to lend his support both for County Executive Rob Astorino’s proposed budget, which has no tax increase, and for the resolution. He called it common sense.
Marcotte said she also proposed the change to the Charter Revision Commission, which is scheduled to make recommendations at the end of next year.
“It’s nor Republican, it’s not Democratic, it’s good government,” she said.
Photo: Legislators Gordon Burrows, Sheila Marcotte and Michael Smith, left to right, call for a 48-hour waiting period to consider changes before a final budget vote. John Ravitz, far right, the executive vice president of the Business Council of Westchester, joined them Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, in the rotunda outside the legislative chambers in the county office building. Elizabeth Ganga/The Journal News