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. 

sayitsnotsojack October 04, 2012 at 10:58 AM
First thing to cut are the guys who walk around like Lord Almighty fining people for what they think is not the way they should have their houses look like. In Peekskill you can get fined for having incorrect garbage. Peekskill is a joke and there many clowns in its' circus.
Praetell Boch October 04, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Brian's a good guy. Only thing he needs to cut is a few pounds and some consonants from his last name.
theobserver October 04, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Sounds as if this $5 million budget shortfall comes as a shock among our City officials. Yet we now learn this shortfall has been known for sometime. Just who has been asleep at the wheel?
leesther brown October 04, 2012 at 01:40 PM
The Citizens and Employees Of The City Should Sue The Mayor and The PDCC....#sheleftthegateopen...
joshua tanner October 04, 2012 at 03:04 PM
These are the kind of people you want to keep. There a re lots of turkeys with 4 year degrees (and Lincoln never had one) and they are no guarantee. Mr H should just enroll in an online course in an ccelerated program and be given slack for being enrolled the way teahcers are when they need to go for MA at night and summers.
Bruce Cheng October 04, 2012 at 05:20 PM
The counsel has been asleep at the wheel, that's who. Endless amounts of spending that they never thought would catch up with them. And now there is rebellion and turmoil in the air! Leesther, you are correct the employees and citizens should sue the Mayor and the counsel for allowing this to happen. Maybe we should spend another 500k to survey this situation, its worked so far! And Mr. H is a great guy whose word you can take, not like the others in the Cities govt.
justanotherlifelongresident October 04, 2012 at 06:10 PM
darryl davis was right all along........
real talk October 04, 2012 at 07:50 PM
i agree alot with what you are saying Cheng but i still feel Mr. H was and still is part of the problem also. When we talk about this administration he also has a hand in it too. He was one of the main people pushing to combine DPW and the Parks and look what happened. The parks looks terrrible. Every place that tried to combine departments failed and went back to their old ways.. There is no reason why any departments should be combined and there is no reason why any layoffs should be happening. People in DPW have been fired, and retired and none of those positions were replaced, meanwhile people in city hall just kept getting raises and somehow kept finding ways to hire within but yet still DPW were down men and did not receive the help they needed. How about everyone in city hall that makes 100 grand or more that know they are not qualified for their position to give back 25% to help save jobs. Or before you start cutting out blue collar workers start with trimming down the number of bosses for each department. Oh and one more thing. i think it is wrong and selfish to try and force people that can retire out. Yes it would be nice if they retired to save a job but at the same time why should they have too? They put their sweat and time into this city too. This is how the city try to deflect the anger from them to someone else. Maybe as citizens and tax payers we need to talk to the workers more and see what is really going on get more involved with our community
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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