Yonkers parents voice their concern about district's budget crisis

Dozens of parents gathered at Yonkers Middle/High School to speak out about the budget crisis.

The small group made it known Monday that they are tired of the yearly threat of cuts to the Yonkers school system. One parent says the community wants the schools to be funded the way they are supposed to be funded.

Just last Monday, district officials announced there would be 502 layoffs, and cuts to extra-curricular activities, music and art programs, industrial arts, and school security in an effort to close a $20 million budget gap. Then on Friday, Mayor John Spencer (R-Yonkers) said the cuts were on hold while city leaders, the state delegation and governor's office work to find a solution to the massive cuts and layoffs.

The mayor says he is confident the situation will be resolved and worked through the weekend, but cannot comment on whether any progress was made.

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