WPCNR QUILL AND EYESHADE. By John F. Bailey. February 28, 2013 UPDATED 4:10 P.M. E.S.T.:
At the beginning of the week, WPCNR News asked Westchester County and the City of White Plains if they had any idea of how day-to-day government operations and funding would be effected by the budget cuts set to be put into motion by national compliance with the Sequester legislation set to take effect at midnight.
The City of White Plains has so far ignored WPCNR's question, not even issuing a statement.
Westchester County spokesperson Donna Greene today issued this statement exclusively to WPCNR:
"We are currently assessing on a department by department basis the way the sequester could affect programs run by Westchester County government. It is too early to know specifically what might happen -- or when any impact would be felt, as any budget cuts would not come all at once on March 1."
On the matter of the Governor's proposed 6% cut to Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, Ms. Greene said the County did not have the resources to refurbish whatever cuts are eventually agreed upon, in any:
I spoke to Commissioner Grant Mitchell about this. As you can guess, the county government does not (regrettably) have the funds to -- in your words -- take up the slack if these cuts go through. The county government itself does not receive that much money from OPDD, so we are not as impacted as the non profits are.