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Yonkers Police say an Eastchester man is under arrest, charged with larceny after allegedly stealing a clipboard containing nominating petitions for New York State 93rd Assembly District Candidate Mike Ramondelli. Ramondelli is mounting a Republican challenge against incumbent Assemblyman, Mike Spano (D-Yonkers).
Several hundred people were on hand Friday including police, fire and other City municipal union members including CSEA and SEIU to protest massive cuts and layoffs in the City of Yonkers. Mayor Phil Amicone has unveiled a doomsday budget calling for 233 proposed municipal layoffs, mostly police personnel as well as 455 school workers, many of them teachers. The rally was organized by the Yonkers PBA and attended by State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Mayor Phil Amicone, State Assemblyman Mike Spano and others.
PBA President Detective Keith Olson says the message of the rally was to call on State lawmakers to restore much needed funding to the City to avert drastic layoffs and cutbacks.
Olson added, "The Mayor needs to make changes as well. We don't feel he has presented a realistic budget. He's gotta go back to the drawing board,re-vamp his budget, and eliminate the nice-to-haves line by line and eliminate those things that we really don't need."
When asked about the "nice-to-haves," Olson cited the City's Public Access Channel which reportedly costs 2 million dollars a year to operate. He said he would also like to see the city's 133 non-union workers pay part of their health care benefits, something he says is currently paid for 100 percent.
Lawmakers attending the rally all agreed that without a restoration of State aid, the massive layoffs and service cutbacks will be necessary.
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