Peekskill Budget Plan Would Cut Assistant City Manager Position

Peekskill Acting City Manager Brian Havranek's $35.6 million budget proposal calls for the elimination of his own in job 2013.


Assistant City Manager Brian Havranek is suggesting his own job may need to be cut in order for the city to meet a $4.9 million budget shortfall.

Havranek released a $35.6 million budget proposal that calls for the elimination of 31 full-time and 9 part-time positions spread throughout city hall, the police and fire departments and the department of public works.

Additionally, Havranek’s  plan only provides 9 months of funding for the assistant city manager’s position and three months of funding for the city manager’s position.

Havranek was the assistant city manager, but became acting city manager when Rick Finn resigned in December.

“Going forward, the city budget can’t have a full-time assistant city manager and a full-time city manager,” said Havranek, who’s been with the city for nearly 30 years. “Ultimately, my budget calls for the elimination of the assistant city manager’s position after nine months.”

Although Havranek is eligible to become the serve as acting city manager, he doesn’t possess all of the qualifications listed in the city charter to be named to the position permanently.

“There is a certain mandate that requires you to have a four-year degree,” Havranek said. “I don’t have that degree.”

Although the city’s tax rate would increase by 6 percent in Havranek's proposal, the city is failing to meet projected targets from other revenue sources.

Havranek said he began the budget process with a gap of nearly $5 million.

“You take that information and, right off the bat, that’s what we have to work with for the beginning of 2013,” Havranek said.

The Common Council will have a budget discussion on the fire, police, planning and department of public works Saturday at 8 a.m., inside Peekskill City Hall. 

Bzkat14 October 04, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I agree with many things that were said.. But, please let's stop the nonesence.. Above all do NOT look to get more money from our property owners this time.. Make every single resident give not just property owners .. Before you know it we'll be pushing people OUT of Peekskill like The City if Yonkers has done...
leesther brown October 04, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Darrell Davis knew what these folks(Foster and Co) were about when they first came on scene...He rode with them.....But I'd like to know just what was he right about?!! cause long before the chameleon came back on set all that is going on has been warned by a lot of folks during her first Campaign going forward... so please enlighten me...#sheleftthegateopen..
hunter for life October 06, 2012 at 02:04 AM
what does his weight have to do with his job ?????? Really if you are goin gto comment ast like a adult ,
Homegrown October 29, 2012 at 12:53 AM
he should cut his position...never had full time assistant city manager before...and he can retire in march...dont feel bad for him...feel bad for the 24 losing their jobs...someone was sleeping...not queen mary.
Garbage Man November 01, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Thats why Mr.H is bailing out in march, Be the fall guy an retire rich - Thinks Brian


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