Yonkers ‘Held Hostage’ by Senate Fight

ALBANY—As the State Senate dithers, Yonkers is “running on fumes,” a spokesman for Mayor Phil Amicone said.
“We’re going to be the first casualty of this political war,” David Simpson, the spokesman, said. “The whole city is being held hostage.”
Yonkers needs the State Legislature to reauthorize its mortgage-recording tax as well as its income tax. Both kick in later this year, but Simpson explained that because Yonkers operated under a financial-control board in past decades, its budget must be certified each year by the Office of the State Comptroller.
“He has said he is not going to certify Yonkers’ budget without all the revenue sources being accounted for,” Simpson said.

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