Protesters lie in streets to save Yonkers firehouse
Residents and firefighters in Yonkers are laying down in front of a firehouse that officially closed this morning at 8 a.m. in the hopes that the city council will come up with a plan to prevent the closure.
The decision to close Station 8 on Warburton Avenue came as part of a series of budget cuts designed to stave off a projected $109 million deficit. Thirty-six firefighter jobs were cut as part of the plan, and another 36 firefighters were demoted.
Yonkers Firefighters Union leader Jose Caraballo says that even if the union makes some concessions, they are being told that the city council still may not be able to keep the firehouse open.
A special city council meeting is scheduled for this afternoon where leaders are expected to discuss ways of preventing the closure, and to scale back some of the job cuts.
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