Yonkers mayor: $3M in teacher givebacks 'not enough'
Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone is asking teachers' and school unions to help him close a $40 million budget gap in the city by meeting him halfway with some givebacks, but added that the nearly $3.5 million plan they have already come up with is simply not enough.
Amicone says the city will access some emergency funding to fill half of the multimillion-dollar void, but that the teachers and other school unions need to meet him half way for that plan to work.
Pat Puleo, president of the Yonkers Federation of Teachers, calls Amicone's demands unreasonable, saying that the district is already facing nearly 700 layoffs, and that squeezing another $20 million out of employees is not a possibility.
Amicone has asked that teachers' salaries be frozen, saying that city residents are already paying more, and that it is now the unions' time to step up to the plate.Yonkers mayor releases final city budget proposal