Schenectady’s mayor vetoes city’s 2024 budget

Schenectady mayor rejects 2024 budget

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy has vetoed the 2024 budget.

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy has vetoed the city’s 2024 budget.

McCarthy sent a letter to the city council president on Wednesday saying the council’s spending plan cuts too much police and fire department overtime, and doesn’t raise fees enough for water, sewer and trash services.

The city council passed a $109 million budget last week by a vote of 4 to 3.

The mayor’s veto sends the budget back to the council, which would need at least five votes to override the veto.

In a letter sent to Schenectady City Council President Marion Porterfield, McCarthy also criticized the entire process to review the budget this year.