Yonkers school employees receive pink slips

More than 700 employees of the Yonkers school district, including hundreds of teachers, received official pink slips today informing them that they are being laid off due to cost-cutting measures expected to reduce the city's expenses.

Pre-K programs in the city, along with the teachers and aides who conduct them, are also being eliminated under the cost-cutting plan. High school sports and extra-curricular activies are also being eliminated, and busing has been reduced. Kindergarten education could also be changed to a half-day schedule.

"As I visited schools this morning, I looked at some of the teachers and their eyes were swollen from crying," said Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio, adding that what is happening in his district is making him angry.

Pierorazio and Mayor Phil Amicone are calling on the teachers' and civil service unions to make up the $20 million budget shortfall, but that has not happened thus far.Yonkers mayor: $3M in teacher givebacks 'not enough'

Yonkers mayor: More state funds needed to avoid cuts

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