City and state lawmakers reach deal averting layoffs, cuts in Yonkers schools
Just one day before the ax was to fall, lawmakers reached a deal to avert massive school cuts. Mayor John Spencer (R-Yonkers) announced Thursday that a deal had been hammered out to close the $20 million budget gap facing the Yonkers School District.
As part of the deal, the city of Yonkers will contribute $5 million toward the shortfall; the state will provide $8.5 million; and money from lottery machines will contribute $3.5 million. Mayor Spencer said the remainder of the money will come from the city and state, but as of Thursday, he had no details on that portion of the deal.
The deal saves not only 502 jobs in the district, but also music and art programs as well as all extra-curricular activities.
The plan will require various approvals from the state Legislature and the city council, but both state Senator Nick Spano (R-Yonkers) and Mayor Spencer said they were confident of the votes.