Protest held in Yonkers against layoffs

Yonkers firefighters, joined by local residents, took to the streets today to protest budget cuts as city workers who received pink slips officially stopped reporting for work.

The Fortfield Avenue firehouse is losing a tower ladder truck, which is being transferred to the Central Avenue firehouse. In addition, 36 firefighters were laid off and another 36 officers received demotions.

Mayor Phil Amicone is still negotiating about contractual savings with other unions, including the Teamsters, whom he accused of deliberately refusing to pick up trash to protest 52 DPW layoffs.

The Teamsters denied Amicone's allegations of a work slowdown.

The City Council could receive an amended budget from Amicone tomorrow that would include any reductions in layoffs.

For Yonkers mayor, resident discussing once-a-week garbage pickup, go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra on Ch. 612.

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