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Pelham Residents Glad About Jobs in County Budget

PELHAM, N.Y. - Early Friday morning, Westchester legislators voted on the 2012-2013 budget, after a 12-hour stalemate. The $1.698 billion budget, which restored 187 jobs and does not raise property taxes, will now go to Westchester Republican County Executive Robert Astorino’s desk to be approved.

Many legislators are thrilled that members from both sides of the aisle compromised and formed a bipartisan budget.

Residents in Pelham were hoping that Astorino would not veto the budget because of the jobs that it will restore.

“I’m still digesting the details, but as long as it helps the community at large, that’s what we focus on,” said Village Administrator Robert Yamuder.

Funding was also restored to the Legal Services of the Hudson Valley. A member of that business was present at Pelham’s last village board meeting. He pleaded with the board to pass a resolution that would help Legal Services of the Hudson Valley receive money in the budget.

Regaining jobs was the main focus of Pelham residents after hearing about the budget vote.

"Everybody’s out of work, so it’s nice to hear that people are back in it,” said a local resident named Celeste.

One resident was glad to hear about the increase in jobs, but would like to see more created.

“Obviously, the best thing would be to be able to get people more jobs,” Bob Fullerton said.

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