Yonkers still $42 million short of preventing cuts
More than 700 school employees have been laid off in the city of Yonkers due to a looming $42 million budget deficit, and now representatives for teachers' unions are pleading with parents to put the pressure on local politicians.
Yonkers Federation of Teachers President Pat Puleo is making a plea to help save the jobs of some 708 school employees who have already received pink slips, meaning they will be unemployed by the end of the school year.
If more funding isn't found, programs like pre-K and varsity sports will be completely cut from the district.
Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone has asked for the teachers unions to make more concessions to try to avoid the cuts. Union representatives responded by saying that to balance the city's budget on the backs of teachers and school employees is impossible.
Yonkers school employees receive pink slips