Budget sparks face-off between Yonkers fire, council officials
Yonkers City Councilman John Murtagh defended the city's most recent budget plans last night at a public hearing on the city's current deficit, amid calls that the city would be less safe with the proposed cuts that are currently on the table.
Fire officials pressed Murtagh last night on the fact that 44 firefighters could be losing their jobs under the new budget plan, in addition to a local firehouse that is at risk of being closed.
Murtagh says that the proposed layoffs would not even be on the table if the fire department would come up with its own cost-cutting measures.
Despite money being promised by state leaders to help with the budget crisis, each department is still being asked to slash its bottom line.