Emergency Yonkers City Council meeting yields no budget

An emergency meeting today of the Yonkers City Council has failed to result in a budget agreement.

One of the major sticking points among councilmembers is budget cuts. Some feel the cuts to close a $109-million deficit are just too deep. The proposed budget looks to slash 400 jobs from the Yonkers public school system, lay off 52 Department of Public Works employees, cut 51 police officers, let go 36 firefighters and close one firehouse. In addition to the cuts, property taxes would rise 4 percent and there could be an increase in the income tax surcharge.

City Council President Chuck Lesnick says the taxpayers already suffer a lot with this economy so officials should be sensible to their concerns.

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