Officials: Yonkers unions politicizing incidents

Yonkers city and school district officials are accusing local police and fire unions of blowing crimes and fire incidents out of proportion in an effort to avert looming layoffs.

Union leaders say the assault on a teacher at Palisades Prep and a response to a fire on Bronx River Road last week show that a lack of manpower is already endangering the city, and that additional cuts will make matters worse.

The firefighters' union and Yonkers PBA admit they are trying to protect their members, as well as the residents' wellbeing.

City officials, however, say the unions are exaggerating.

"Politicizing every fire or crime that happens in this city is not helpful," says David Simpson, Yonkers mayor's spokesperson.

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