Idle New Rochelle crossing guards under fire

Taxpayers in New Rochelle are outraged that school crossing guards are getting paid to sit in their cars after the local school district got rid of half-day kindergarten.

Under state law, the city, tied by a union contract, must continue to staff the street corners near schools, regardless of class schedules.

"We cannot arbitrarily reduce somebody's hours," says New Rochelle City Manager Charles Strome.

Strome adds that even though the crossing guards have nothing to do, they still should stand on the corners in case a child comes by.

The union's contract is up in 2011. The city says it will then reevaluate how it staffs its crossing guards.

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