"We had quite a bit of discussion at the meeting about the minority amendment on the budget," said Hughes. "We did scrutinize those [amendments] as closely as we scrutinized the manager's proposal and felt that they were significantly out of balance. The map didn't work in those cuts and would have ultimately resulted in a larger increase than what the manager was proposing. It's nice to be able to try to go deeper, but you have to do it in a responsible manor, and those proposals [upon close] analysis were not careful."
The proposed amendments that did make it into the county budget included a countywide energy conservation plan, Medicaid fraud reduction strategies, a hiring freeze for non-essential employees, and a request to the state Legislature asking the state to cover Medicaid costs.
"These non-mandated services must be preserved," said Savage "They make Schenectady County a special place to live and raise a family.""