Yonkers councilman seeks random drug tests for city workers

Yonkers City Councilman John Murtagh has introduced a bill that would require random drug tests for anyone working for Yonkers who drives a city vehicle.

According to Murtagh, there are about 100 people with access to city cars who are not covered by contracts or laws requiring drug testing. That includes Mayor Phil Amicone, members of the City Council and school district officials.

While there have been no known accidents involving city employees where drugs or alcohol played a role, Murtagh says he wants to keep the public safe.

"You don't pass a law like this when the first car is wrapped around a tree, or the first dead body is lying in the street," he says.

A school district spokesperson says the district isn't opposed to random drug testing, which complies with union contracts and workers' rights.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Amicone says Murtagh's proposal is being studied.

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