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Jenkins Asks GOP To 'Legally' Pass Westchester Budget

Westchester County legislature Chairman Kenneth Jenkins (D-Yonkers) asked Thursday to meet with Minority Leader James Maisano (R-New Rochelle).
Westchester County legislature Chairman Kenneth Jenkins (D-Yonkers) asked Thursday to meet with Minority Leader James Maisano (R-New Rochelle). Photo Credit: File

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Despite finding procedural flaws in how Republicans presumably passed the 2013 Westchester County budget on Friday, Democratic leaders asked Thursday to meet with Republicans and find a way to “legally” pass it.

Kenneth Jenkins (D-Yonkers), chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, would not acknowledge Monday that Republicans had passed a budget, because he said the budget had been send back to a committee and the meeting adjourned before a vote took place. Despite that, all seven Republicans and two defecting Democrats remained in the chamber Friday and passed their own “bi-partisan” budget with a 9-0 vote.

“Important questions will need to be answered before county leaders can unequivocally say that they have reached a satisfactory and final conclusion in the budget process,” said Jenkins, who asked Thursday to meet with Minority Leader James Maisano (D-New Rochelle).

Jenkins said there were “potentially disqualifying procedures” during the vote, but if “cleaned up” the budget passed Friday could be legally passed.

Maisano said Monday that the "bi-partisan coalition" of seven Republicans and two Democrats passed their budget legally.

"There’s nothing to work on," Maisano said. "We have a county budget signed by the county executive. It’s law."