The City of Poughkeepsie will lose $2 million in Dutchess County sales tax revenue in 2013, but that was not the topic when County Executive Marcus Molinaro sat down with Mayor John Tkazyik and Common Council Chairwoman Gwen Johnson on Tuesday.
The discussion looked beyond next year and into the future, said Tkazyik.
The Rockland County government public employees represented by the CSEA are speaking out against proposed cuts to programs and layoffs in the 2013 county budget. The proposed spending plan was the topic of a public hearing in New City Tuesday night.
The budget, which includes the elimination of 70 positions and cuts to public health programs such as mosquito control and the county’s breastfeeding initiative for new mothers, was presented in late October and has been going through detailed review in the legislature.
All five people who spoke during a public hearing on Poughkeepsie’s proposed 2013 budget urged city officials not to lay off any sanitation workers or firefighters.
Mayor John Tkazyik’s budget would stay within the state two percent tax cap, but would lay off 18 city workers. The $68.6 million spending plan would essentially privatize garbage collection, something that city resident Frank Clark told officials, in his mind, will go the way of other failed concepts.
The New York State Labor Department says number of new jobs created in the Hudson Valley during the 12-month period ending in October rose by 9,400, or 1.3 percent. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross reports.
The largest job grow was seen in the Ulster County metropolitan statistical area with a 2.6 percent increase. Of the 14 SMAs in New York, Ulster ranked third in job growth behind New York City and the Ithaca area.
The Putnam-Rockland-Westchester metro area had 1.7 percent growth and the Dutchess-Orange SMA ranked 10th with no job growth.
SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher wants the Hudson Valley manufacturing industry and the college system to get on the same page when it comes to preparing students for jobs in their industry. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross has more on Zimpher’s address to the Council of Industry on Tuesday.
Four more Hudson Valley counties have been added to the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Sandy. The declaration now offers Individual Assistance to residents of Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster counties.
Rockland and Westchester counties were approved to receive the assistance days ago along with New York metropolitan area counties. Those two counties are also eligible for Public Assistance aid.