Yonkers City Council unanimously defeats budget

After hours of heated debate this afternoon, Yonkers lawmakers have unanimously defeated the mayor's spending plan.

The budget proposal included hundreds of layoffs, the closing of two fire companies and a 4 percent tax increase.

The City Council voted the budget down after Yonkers Schools Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio announced that the night before state legislators vetoed a school aid bill of nearly $37 million, money Yonkers lawmakers had included in the budget proposal.

Due to the unexpected cut in education assistance, Pierorazio said school bus service and pre-K programs in Yonkers will be eliminated.

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