Yonkers teachers vote no to wage freezes

The budget crisis in the city of Yonkers continues as teachers voted no to giving up their annual raises in order to save hundreds of fellow teachers jobs.

Many teachers voted no to the wage freeze because they don't feel the city will hold up it's end of the bargain and save teachers jobs.

So far, 700 Yonkers school workers, including 322 teachers, have been let go.

Without the teachers' concessions, Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone says he was forced to withdraw a new budget plan for the the city council to vote on.

The plan, called the Transitional Finance Authority, would have allowed the city to borrow $20 million, thereby saving hundreds of school jobs.

The mayor released a statement that in part reads: "This news is profoundly disappointing and even disgusting considering what's at stake. Despite its rhetoric, the teachers union, especially its leadership has chosen personal greed over the district's children, which makes this, truly a sad day, for the city of Yonkers."

The mayor says the city council will now have to vote on the original budget he submitted to them.

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