W. Plains bravest rehired after 10-month hiatus
Seven White Plains firefighters were rehired today after being laid off 10 months ago in an effort to close the city's widening budget gap.
"It feels great to be back. It's been a long ride, but we're happy to be back," says rehired firefighter Chris Eifler. Eifler says that it has been difficult to find steady work over the past 10 months, finding occasional employment doing plumbing or electrical work.
The city says it was able to rehire the firefighters after securing a federal grant of nearly $2 million, a grant that Rep. Nita Lowey calls a joint effort between her office, the city and the fire department.
White Plains Mayor Tom Roach says the city hopes to hire another two full-time firefighters in the near future.