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Jenkins Calls Budget Vote a 'Circus', Will Address Media Monday

Chairman Ken Jenkins of the Westchester County Board of Legislators said Democrats will challenge the 2013 Westchester County budget approved Friday.

Democratic lawmakers have vowed to fight the legality of the 2013 Westchester County Budget approved Friday afternoon.

Ken Jenkins, chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, released a statement Saturday calling the vote a "circus" and that the vote was taken after Friday's meeting was adjourned.

A coalition of nine legislators—seven Republicans and two Democrats—voted to approve the budget Friday after Jenkins led eight Democrats out of the room. Republicans say a motion to adjourn the meeting was never voted on, Democrats disagree.

Eight Democrats left the room and turned out the lights before the final vote was taken.

“The budget process is not over,” Jenkins said in a statement. “When the dust clears from the circus that my misguided Board colleagues and the County Executive orchestrated yesterday, we will still need to legally enact a 2013 County Budget. The sooner we get back to business on this budget, the better.”

Jenkins will host a press conference at the Board of Legislators' rotunda Monday in White Plains.

Democrats Michael Kaplowitz and Virginia Perez voted with the coalition Friday, a move that ultimately led to the 9-0 vote. County Executive Robert Astorino signed the $1.7 billion spending plan Friday evening.

The plan salvages 27 jobs cut under Astorino's plan, but does not borrow money to pay for $13 million in tax certioraris in 2013, something Democrats had pushed for. Childcare contributions for low-income families were also increased from 20 percent to 27 percent.

Jenkins said Democrats want more funding for neighborhood youth programs and community health centers. The legality of Fridays vote will be discussed during Monday's press conference, Jenkins said.

Bob Zahm December 10, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Yes, Friday's meeting does seem to have been a bit of a circus, but with Boss Jenkins trying to serve as Ring Master, but instead ending up as head Clown.
elizabeth December 10, 2012 at 04:22 PM
i agree with that if things dont go the way HE WANTS he acts like a little kid
Nummy December 10, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Should of written: Eight clowns left the room and turned out the lights before the final vote was taken!
Liz Claire December 10, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Jenkins is old school corrupt. Read the IRS 990s of the community health centers. All the money goes to the execs, not to the poor.
Harry One January 06, 2013 at 05:39 PM
nummy vote for Jenkins next year so that only the very rich and welfare poor an undocumented could afford to live here. He is a tax and spend spend leftwinger his middle name other peoples money.

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