New Rochelle's new budget cuts 50 city jobs

New Rochelle?s new budget proposal shows more than 50 jobs could be lost in the city.

City manager Charles Strome unveiled his proposed $144 million budget Thursday. It includes the elimination of 54 positions either through layoffs or attrition for police officers, fire department members, the Department of Public Works, and all 18 part time crossing guards are being let go.

It also includes a 3.6 percent increase in the property tax levy, which Strom says is technically within the new tax cap passed in Albany.

The unions, meantime, say they've given back all they can. "We just can't give anymore," says Byron Gray, of Local 273. "It's decimating our ranks, decimating morale and its very difficult to deal with.?

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