Peekskill Mayor: Council Will Work to Restore Job Cuts in 2014

Peekskill Mayor Mary Foster sent this statetment regarding the passage of the 2013 budget.

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At a Special Meeting held Thursday, Peekskill’s Common Council unanimously passed the city’s 2013 Budget by a vote of 7-0. The $51.3 million budget cuts spending by 2 percent and protects Peekskill’s high municipal credit rating. In addition, the budget reduces an earlier proposed tax levy increase from 6 percent to 3.8 percent, keeping Peekskill’s plan within the State of New York’s Tax Cap.  City leaders worked diligently this year to cover a whopping 21.5 percent increase in its employee pension bill, as mandated by New York State, and an additional 12 percent increase in health insurance premiums.

“We’ve approved a responsible budget that streamlines city services and saves public safety positions,” said Mary Foster, mayor, the City of Peekskill. She also notes that Council members responded to the concerns of the public and were able to retain staff at the Kiley Youth Center and spare city pre-school and recreation programs from elimination.    

The city was able to significantly minimize layoffs overall by offering early retirement packages to some employees, Mayor Foster said. The 18 city positions that were eliminated were primarily white collar and managerial staff within City Hall. “The Council will work diligently to restore those positions in 2014 and in the future,” Mayor Foster added.

The city’s future lies in further economic development, Mayor Foster noted. “Our goal is to facilitate the creation of several thriving sectors throughout the city.” The Council intends to invest in public safety and economic development in 2013, which will ultimately generate new business revenues to the city. “Additionally, the city has issued an RFP for the lease and operation of the Paramount Theater, the crown jewel of Downtown Peekskill,” Foster noted.

Highlights of the 2013 City of Peekskill Budget include:

  • The tax levy increase was reduced to 3.82 percent from 6 percent and remained within the State of New York’s Tax Cap. This will amount to a tax increase of $73 per year for the average homeowner, or approximately $6 per month;
  • Spending has been cut by 2 percent and the budget has been balanced without dipping into the city’s fund balance;
  • Police and fire positions have been saved;
  • Total number of layoffs were reduced from 24 to 18 and are primarily managerial and white collar positions at City Hall;
  • Full-time staff at the Kiley Youth Center have been retained, and the city’s pre-school and recreation programs have been restored.

The Council worked hard this year to cover a sharp 21.5 percent increase in the retirement bill, as mandated by New York State, and an additional 12% increase in health insurance premiums.

Mayor Foster also pointed out that to achieve savings, the city merged payroll, personnel, finance and cash collection functions. “This budget is based on the efforts of everyone in this city, from the input we received from the public on priorities, to the generosity of the employees who opted for early retirement. I am confident that we can continue to work together to create a vital, thriving Peekskill.”

leesther brown December 07, 2012 at 01:56 PM
@unemployed,first off there was no dis-respect meant,someone stated that I didn't know a "certain" person and I put it out there that I knew their dad back when....come on with your real name...#imayknowyourdaddy.....I am not an Employee,instead a "Strong Black Woman" who has felt the wrath of this vengeful,spiteful,frightful administration...#stillirise.....So you can't tell me nothing about their character, a judge has already deemed them "Culpable of Neglect" and their disregard for the City Charter further enforces that...As far you explaining who's qualified or not tells me you're an Foster operative,or maybe the city's next new employee either way any of the folks she's chopping has nothing to do with their qualifications,instead it's about this Mayor and her hate for the former..so sign in with your real name before you attest to anyone's character/credentials.....#she'sgrimeyignorantrecklessandcorrupt......
White Rice December 07, 2012 at 02:28 PM
@unemployed I heard the City is looking for a HR Consultant to actually act as a dignified, balanced, un-biased employee who doesn't only look out for their friends and family. Maybe you should put an application in.
the unemployed college grad December 07, 2012 at 08:43 PM
So where is inspector?
leesther brown December 07, 2012 at 09:10 PM
@unemployed the inspector is sleep...C'mon with your expert chatter,I'm waiting to hear it....
the unemployed college grad December 07, 2012 at 09:11 PM
@white rice it is funny you say that but my resume and applications were never even looked at when i dropped them off to personnel 3 times lol and its funny because two o the times i dropped it off it was for a laborers position...lol the 3 rd time was just a "hey keep it on file if anything ever comes up" ya know yeah never got a phone call or interview for anything I guess i had the wrong last name
the unemployed college grad December 07, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Leesther brown : Since you were all over the place how about you refresh me withwhat was your arguement.and save the patt about bein a "strong speaking person" no one cares about that...about olor....or gender..this is about jobs and people not performing them correctly ,and for the record u deff dont know my "daddy"
the unemployed college grad December 07, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Leesther brown: i am in no way shape of form a "foster anything" i dont even vote.. but thats neiher here nor their.
the unemployed college grad December 07, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Not her friend either... but her credentials for what position?
Anabasis Bob December 07, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Will any of the council be on the Santacon crawl? Will the prime pudgemeister herself be Mama Claus? Don't forget to pick up your "Peekskill Makes Me Hairy" flier.
leesther brown December 07, 2012 at 09:55 PM
You came on here calling folks out...I've identified myself as you asked,now explain the character of the above mentioned and why they are, or are not qualified.....'cause the many different ways to display a turkey neck,or waiting tables ain't gonna get it....
White Rice December 07, 2012 at 10:26 PM
The current director of Human Resources prior experience in life: Bartender and cousin to a Republican Mayor. Whoopty doo. Since she's so qualified she should easily be able to get a job at another municipality. She's busy calling her former enemies that have left Peekskill for a job opportunity. They don't want her. All of her contacts in Westchester County should be able to get her a spot somewhere. Why hasn't she been able to find a job yet? Credentials not good enough?
the unemployed college grad December 07, 2012 at 10:49 PM
@leesther... i just rememebered who you are ......hahahahaha you're the one who ran for mayor and got 3 votes hahahahaha... sorry that was comical... ok the peraon you are mentioning that works in the finance dept. Is 100% qualified to do the job she was hired for and the one she performs...she probably took a civil service test and passed and was hired by marcus ...who to this date was the only employee in the city of peekskill's history to be qualified for their job and also as head of finance had the city in the " black" as opposed to red... ok now im assuming is being asked to do the work of this "head of personnel? Well obviously she is being asked to do it because they can probably get her to do it for a 10,000 stipend. As opposed to promoting someone to the old position... its how municipalities save money....by not apending...now you follow. Now should i post about me "tv dinner" that acting head of personnel who was hired as an assistant to the city manager, and some how worked her way up to making 100k+ a year? Should i address her credentials now ? Fair is fair no? Everyone gets lambasted
the unemployed college grad December 07, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Should i keep going....i would love for you to tell me how the "director of personnel" is qualifies for her position. Just because she has been doin it the longes does not mean she is the most qualified..she has done a horrible job doenst have a degree. And dones not deserve her position or title... i would become the director of human rwaources for 50-75k a year and i have 120k worth of college degree! Lol she should have been fired a long time ago
Bryant Turner December 07, 2012 at 11:19 PM
It's a damn(CRYIN) SHAME
the unemployed college grad December 07, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Its not her fault she did a bad job but her job performance proves she is not qualified... if you disagree then simple logic would have to then say she must have made those "mistakes" on purpose....now you pick your own poison...but hey maybe now that shes gone i can drop off my reaume and maybe i will get at least a call or a letter stating they have chose ln another candidate..lol funny im not the only one i know an architect of 12 years who applied for a job in the building dept and his resume was "lost"
the unemployed college grad December 08, 2012 at 01:03 AM
the unemployed college grad December 08, 2012 at 01:04 AM
sorry for the type-o's i was replying from a smart phone.
Red Devil December 08, 2012 at 01:24 AM
This whole situation is SAD, Mary has pushed this city to the brink and beyond. City hall is the most dysfunctional its ever been. The GOOD genuine people in city hall with years of experience and great knowledge are being pushed out, This is how city hall has always been and has always worked. Small town feel and community. She claims she wants people with "degrees" I claim BS, she wants more puppets for herself, How has that all worked out in the past? Every city manager has come and gone laughing all the way to the bank on OUR dime! The people who are being let go are Irreplacable, I dont know ONE city worker who didnt appreciate their work and kindness, Mary has NO people skills and has taken the small town local feel right out of the city, City workers arent happy and neither is the public! I do hope Mary and the rest of the heartless council is voted out, lets hope its not to late for my beloved city!
the unemployed college grad December 08, 2012 at 01:34 AM
its not too late.... i am not defending mary... i disagree with a lot of the things she has done... but if you are a resident of the city you would see how little work these people really do...its not just in out town its all municipalities in general.. the municipal unions are the problem also the" personel contracts" that gaurentee their raises FACT: when you promise an increase payment to some one that will most certainly promise lack of quality in their work... no need to work hard when you have a sense of entitlement.
the unemployed college grad December 08, 2012 at 01:37 AM
this city need an enema! and trust me when i say this there are people more qualified and with more passion and desire to clean this town up, than you think......they will also work for much lower rates..... i think there should be a residency requirement for all the municipal workers.. you will take more pride in your work if you are forced to live in the mess u create...
the unemployed college grad December 08, 2012 at 01:44 AM
where is inspector?
the unemployed college grad December 08, 2012 at 01:53 AM
if the mayor is in this thread i offer this proposition.... hire me for $1 as the "Deputy director of personnel" i will sign a contract that i must pass a probational period of 90 days the board can vote to keep me or not after 90 days....the payment of one dollar is to classify me as a product of the city basically a technicality to prove i work for them, and am not an outside contractor. if the board is satisfied with my work i will gladly offer a new proposition of continuing my services to the city for half the salary that the current director of personnel was being paid.i would love to add that experience to my resume and would love the opportunity to tackle the tasks at hand.
the unemployed college grad December 08, 2012 at 04:35 AM
So they pulled my comment about the fireman and the dpw guy huh?
Red Devil December 08, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Obviously unemployed u don't work for the city. Last I checked personnel deals with its workers. So how in the world would u know how personnel has performed?!?!??
leesther brown December 08, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Pssst...I'm looking for 6 this go round.....lol
leesther brown December 08, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Let me clue you in on something "unemployed college boy"...This job your claiming a certain person is not qualified for didn't have the title "HR" like all jobs the laws and criteria have changed and yes there's classe's and certificates that are now required for a "HR" position that was not the case 20yrs ago doesn't take from her,the Mayor who from the gate has expressed that the personnel was not qualified,she should have required them to take a class or two in employment law etc and offered a reimbursement incentive..The Mayor should have acted like a responsible lawmaker instead she followed her counsels and imagination of her evil heart...Getting rid of anyone that was in City hall before she came...Read your own post they reflect what I'm talking about.....#doyourearswhatyourmouthissaying...
Queen B. December 08, 2012 at 04:38 PM
YIKES!!! I firmly believe that politicians r like babies diapers,full of shit & need 2 be changed often. Being that this doesn't happen bullshit like this happens...smh
the unemployed college grad December 08, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Number one no one is fillin me in..... Number two who is rosario? Number three "late father" is this another deceased person you are bringing up? Number 4 whos the firemans daughter? Number 5 i dont work for the city...i know how they performed because of thr posts that were deleted..
the unemployed college grad December 08, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Once again leesther just because someone has been doing something for 20 years that does not mean they are doing it right. And that does not make them qualified..
Jim Travis December 10, 2012 at 03:10 PM
wow,some people will say anything to get a job


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