In the wake of a recent pay-raise scandal, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano has tapped a new budget director.
Spano on April 13 appointed John Delaney as the city's new budget director and Melvina Carter as the new president/Chief Operating Officer of the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency on April 12.
Delaney will replace Carl Maniscalco, who Spano fired last month along with human resources deputy Commissioner Gerard Serpico over a pay-raise scandal involving former deputy Mayor William Regan.
Regan was given a boost in his pay from $30,000 to $163,332, roughly five times his original salary, before he left office on Jan. 1, according to a report by News 12.
Carter, who has served as the IDA's chief financial officer since 2005, will oversee the Agency's mission to attract new business, economic development and job creation throughout the City of Yonkers.
During her tenure as CFO, Carter facilitated numerous projects, including two new hotels, capital improvements to the Cross County Shopping Center, Empire City Casino expansion, a bio-tech research company and a new state-of-the-art animal hospital, according to the city. Before the Yonkers IDA, Carter served as Fiscal Officer in the City's Office of Downtown & Waterfront Development.
"Having been recognized for her role in spurring billions of dollars in new investment and thousands of jobs during her tenure as the IDA's Chief Fiscal Officer, Melvina is an ideal candidate to lead the continued economic development and growth of our city," Spano said in a statement.