Budget shortfall could lead to cuts at Yonkers Public Schools

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Protesters descended upon Central Park Avenue in Yonkers Friday as the school district faces the possibility of hundreds of layoffs to fill a multimillion-dollar budget gap.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano proposed $547.7 million for the school district. He says it's the largest contribution to the Department of Education in the city's history.

But school leaders say it's not enough. They say the budget shortfall totals more than $45 million due to higher enrollment, salaries and benefits. It could lead to the elimination of more than 250 positions and cuts to programs.

Christina Altomare, a parent, participated in the rally on one of the busiest thoroughfares.

“We love art. We love music. We love the library. These are programs over the years that have been cut back and understaffed. These are children who deserve the same education as everyone else across New York state," she told News 12.

The city budget needs to be adopted by the City Council by June 1. It can make amendments before that final vote.

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