Protesters take to streets as Yonkers firehouse closes
Yonkers Firefighters Union President Jose Caraballo says the closure of a Yonkers firehouse today will not only impact the public's safety near the firehouse, but also in the waters of the Hudson River.
Station 8 on Warburton Avenue is closing today as part of a series of budget cuts enacted to try staving off a $109 million budget shortfall in the city.
Mayor Phil Amicone's budget cuts have included laying off 36 firefighters and demoting another 36 others.
A special city council meeting is scheduled to take place this afternoon, where council members are expected to discuss ways to keep all of the firehouses open, and possibly even restore some of the enacted cuts.
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