Yonkers firefighters split over who to vote for

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Firefighters in Yonkers are split over who they would like to see become the next City Council president.

Yonkers firefighters union IAFF Local 628 threw its support behind Democratic City Council president nominee Mike Khader outside of Firehouse 1 on New School Street Thursday.

The Firehouse 1 station has been condemned for two years, and while cleanup on the site began this summer, it's still unclear when the work will be done.  The firefighters say they want the City Council president to make the cleanup a top priority so they can return to work.

Khader says constructing a new firehouse next to the condemned one is a main goal.

On Wednesday, Yonkers Uniformed Fire Officers Union endorsed incumbent City Council President Liam McLaughlin. McLaughlin says if re-elected, he'll continue to see the new fire hall open under recommendations of leaders from both unions.

Firefighters say the issue comes down to life and death and that returning to the southwest neighborhood is also a top priority.

City officials tells News 12 that the condemned fire hall will most likely be knocked down.

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