Link to agenda: www.yonkersida.com/sites/default/files/Draft%20%20Agenda%202%202020.pdf “We need to correct the cost increases that occurred when local governments were held unscathed by this state for Medicaid increases,” Cuomo said. We are paying $177 million on behalf of Erie, $175 million on behalf of Westchester, $2 billion on behalf of New York City to cover local costs. It`s too easy to write a cheque if you don`t sign it. To maintain the same urban services and employ the same number of union employees, the City must increase spending in its budget by approximately $20 million per year. Yonkers and its stakeholders have already begun the lobbying process in Albany to let everyone know that Yonkers is entitled to and deserves more public assistance, especially when it comes to education funding. Spano`s State of the City address, scheduled for March 25, is normally the time the city has analyzed its finances and has an idea of the upcoming budget for fiscal year 2021, which begins on July 1. The City of Yonkers also has to live within the 2 percent property tax cap, which limits the amount of money it can demand from real estate taxpayers and city owners. Every budget year, the City of Yonkers seeks help and helps balance its budget and find additional dollars to avoid layoffs and cuts to both Yonkers Public Schools and the municipal services that Yonkers residents earn and are accustomed to by the Fire and Police Departments and DPW. Cuomo and the state have agreed to pay annually for increased Medicaid costs for district governments, including Westchester. The cost of Medicaid is shared between the federal state, the Länder and the municipalities. Last year, the Mayor and Council were able to count on two state officials, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Senator Shelley Mayer, who were able to secure $27 million in additional assistance for Yonkers and Yonkers Public Schools. Latimer said Westchester is expected to pay $5.6 million more in 2021 and $7.8 million more in 2022, if Westchester County were to pay a 3 percent local share of increased Medicaid costs, if growth continues at a rate of 5 percent. Budget guardians applauded Cuomo for confronting the Medicaid problem, but said it was a mistake to force local governments to pay a larger share of the costs.
This year, “cancelling” the request and removal of millions of additional state grants from Albany, the governor and the federal legislature could be more difficult than usual. “They don`t have skin at stake because they get a blank check from Albany,” Cuomo said. “The state needs to control costs and not shift costs to local governments,” said Bill Hammond, a health analyst at the Empire Center for Public Policy. Cuomo and the State Budget Office estimate that $4 billion of the $6 billion deficit is due to Medicaid. . . .