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BOL Chairman Mike Kaplowitz Statement on County Executive’s Proposed 2018 Budget

The County Executive’s proposed 2018 Budget is unbalanced by $30 million relying on an unapproved airport privatization plan. It also reduces personnel who are critical to the delivery of essential services. For example the already strained Engineering Division of the Public Works Department is stripped of 12 people (20%) of overall staff who are responsible for the work on our roads, bridges and other county infrastructure. Additionally, this budget reduces the incoming County executive’s staff by 25%- positions that County Executive Astorino has enjoyed for the past 8 years, effectively hamstringing the administration of County Executive-Elect Latimer. The county Parks Department will also lose all 4 of the Park Curators.

My Legislative colleagues and I will negotiate and work cooperatively in the coming weeks toward two objectives. First we must restore the critical personnel that are needed to keep county government running. Second we need to close the $30 million budget gap which imperils both the county’s reserve fund and our good credit rating.  I am hopeful that those efforts will produce a balanced budget that protects taxpayers but also provides the essential services that our residents need and deserve.


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