ORANGE - Fifty police, fire and city employees in Orange have been laid off after a judge ruled that the cuts can proceed.

State Superior Court Judge Patricia Costello ruled on Tuesday that the layoffs of the workers can go ahead.

Tuesday's ruling came after lengthy negotiations between the city and union leaders failed to reach a resolution on Monday.

Attorneys for city unions said they may appeal the decision.

Orange Mayor Eldridge Hawkins Jr. said the layoffs are needed to help close an estimated $6 million budget gap.