EAST ORANGE - East Orange Mayor Robert Bowser says despite facing a budget gap, the city is trying to avoid layoffs of police and firefighters.

Bowser says layoff notices have gone out to some personnel in those departments, but he insists the notifications are just a procedural move so the city can work on the budget.

"As of this particular moment there are no layoffs," said Bowser yesterday.

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The mayor says the city is considering consolidating services and grant money as a way to bridge the budget deficit.