Jersey City deal would avert police layoffs

(AP) - The mayor of New Jersey'ssecond-largest city and the head of its police union say they'vereached an agreement to avert the layoff of 82

JERSEY CITY - (AP) - The mayor of New Jersey'ssecond-largest city and the head of its police union say they'vereached an agreement to avert the layoff of 82 police officers.

Mayor Jerramiah Healy and police union president Jerry DeCiccoissued a joint statement Tuesday saying that the executive board ofthe Jersey City Police Officers Benevolent Association has voted totake the proposal to the full membership.

A ratification vote is expected by early next week. Jersey Cityhas 830 police officers.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The layoffs were to take place Feb. 15. Officials blamed thecity's financial woes.

News of the agreement came the same day the City of Camden laidoff 335 workers, including nearly half of its police force.

Jersey City sends layoff notices to 82 officers

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