Yonkers mayor: We can't offset state cuts

Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone says the city can't kick in any more money to help fill an $80 million shortfall in state education funding.

"We're not going to have the wherewithal to send any more money to the Board of Education," says the mayor.

Amicone says instead of allocating $14 million for teacher-training centers, state legislators should have put the money straight into classrooms.

Yonkers is in a deep financial hole again because of less state money, fewer federal stimulus dollars and the rising costs of pensions and health care.

"The people in the city are going to have to pay more taxes to maintain our services in the city, and we have to figure out how to do that with a $35-million budget gap," Amicone says.

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