Jobs, programs could be saved with new Yonkers budget

The Yonkers City Council voted last night to adopt a transitional finance authority in the city, a group that will free up $20 million to help fund the city's schools and likely prevent a slew of proposed layoffs and program cuts that had been proposed in the city.

Yonkers had been facing the elimination of more than 700 school jobs, including teachers, teachers' aides and others. Under the plan, all school sports and pre-K education would have also been cut, and busing would have been reduced as well.

The adoption of a transitional finance authority was approved by a vote of 6-1, along with a five-year wage freeze for all city employees.

The plan also would cap overtime salaries at $20,000 per worker per year.

City officials say the combination of the two will likely be enough to restore many of the proposed cuts, but that the particulars of exactly what jobs and programs will be saved still have to be discussed.

The state Legislature must still approve the plan.

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