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Senator Carlucci Forecasts Budget Issues with Snow Removal Costs

This winter is already one of the snowiest in State history and has stretched local village and town budgets to the breaking point.

Senator Carlucci has been working proactively with towns and Villages throughout Rockland and Westchester County to find solutions. Senator Carlucci will be advocating for funding within the budget that will help off set the major costs incurred by the municipalities. 

Snow removal, salt and sanding, and pot hole repair have added $10,000 to as high as $50,000 dollars in additional costs to municipal budgets. For example, The Village of Nyack has also seen the foundation of the front steps at Village Hall collapse due to the weight of ice and snow. Coupled with being over budget for snow removal this year, the Village does not have the funds to make emergency repairs which has created a hazardous and dangerous situation.

Senator Carlucci said, " If we are going to mandate that municipalities stick within the property tax cap we need to consider these emergency situations. New York State must explore options for helping municipalities shoulder the burden of extraordinary weather costs. I'll be advocating for funds within the budget that will help offset the costs municipalities are facing. We have worked hard at the state level with our Governor to balance the budget and create a budget surplus for a "rainy day"  and for many of these towns and villages that rainy day has turned into a snow day." 

Mayor of Nyack Jen White said, "Working to keep property taxes under the cap while dealing with extra weather costs is a constant struggle. Every bit of extra resources will help and I want to thank Senator Carlucci for advocating for us."

Supervisor Sue Donnelly of the Town of Ossining said, "This winter has been very difficult for our community. Salt budgets and overtime costs have been expended and we still have October, November and December of 2014 to worry about. I want to thank Senator Carlucci for taking the initiative and advocating on our behalf." 

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