YONKERS — Westchester County’s biggest city expects to save more than $150,000 a year by sharing service with the county government.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced plans today to team up with Yonkers in three areas — human rights work, online infrastructure mapping and city personnel support.
Astorino said the county is continually looking for ways to make government “smarter and more cost-effective.”
“Sharing these services with Yonkers accomplishes these goals in a way that helps both the county and Yonkers taxpayers,” he said in a statement.
Mayor Mike Spano’s spokeswoman said the plan will not result in city employee layoffs, as all of the shared service are ones Yonkers previously did not have.
“Mayor Spano fully supports these shared services and thanks the county executive for working with Yonkers in these cost-saving services that will benefit the taxpayers of Yonkers,” Spano spokeswoman Christina Gilmartin said.
Under the agreement, the county’s human rights commission director, Mark Fang, will spend one day a week helping oversee the Yonkers human rights commission. Yonkers, in exchange, will cover 20 percent of Fang’s salary, or $25,000 a year, saving an estimated $100,000.
The county’s IT Department also will help the city participate in an online infrastructure-mapping and database program known as Geographic Information Services. Yonkers expects to save about $50,000 a year by sharing this service in lieu of hiring a consultant.
In addition, starting Feb.1, Yonkers will join more than 30 municipalities using the county’s Employee Assistance Program, which provides professional support to municipal workers.
Spano, a Democrat, cancelled a scheduled appearance with Astorino, a Republican, to announce the changes Wednesday.
“This is an example of government entities coming together to provide a needed service for the benefit of the constituents they serve, regardless of party affiliations,” said Democratic Yonkers Councilman Michael Sabatino.