Yonkers City Council mulls cutting jobs

Firefighters, police officers and teachers are all faced with losing their jobs if the Yonkers City Council cannot find a way to close a $109 million budget shortfall.

At the first of many budget hearings Tuesday night, city council members heard from those affected by the budget crisis. The proposed budget calls for the demotions of fire officers and the layoffs of 44 firefighters. In addition, 51 police officers and 455 school workers would be getting pink slips.

The firefighters and police officers in attendance said it would be hard to keep residents safe if the cuts go through. Union members say they want the fat cut from inside city hall before their own contracts.

The next budget hearing will be held Monday, May 24 at Saunders High School.

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