Deaths of Yonkers boys sparks call for changes at Dept. of Social Services

The scalding deaths of two Yonkers boys has sparked calls for major changes at the Westchester Department of Social Services (DSS).

The caseworker in charge of supervising the parents of 2-year-old Elijah Santana and his half-brother, 20-month-old David Maldonado Jr. was fired last week. DSS had been investigating the family since the end of May. Now, Republican challenger for county executive Rob Astorino is demanding the commissioner of DSS be fired. Astorino suggests the state be brought in to take over the department.

Democrat County Executive Andy Spano says the state gives Westchester?s DSS high marks. He says Astorino?s comments are a political ploy.

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