Tearful kids, angry union workers pack WC budget hearing

Angry union workers joined concerned parents and some tearful kids in protesting the proposed 2011 budget for Westchester County at Pleasantville High School last night, a budget that comes with a 1-percent property tax drop and a multitude of cuts.

County Executive Rob Astorino says that his latest budget proposal would save the county some $33 million and reduce property taxes by 1 percent.

Astorino has already effectively shrunken the county workforce with voluntary buyouts and eliminating vacant positions, but that does not include the 226 proposed layoffs required to fulfill his plan.

Another public hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 9 at the County Board?s chambers. A final vote is expected on Dec. 13.

County lawmakers want to pass a budget by the end of December so it can take effect by Jan. 1.

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