HILLSIDE - A judge hopes an injunction will help avoid layoffs in Hillside.

Hillside Mayor Joseph Menza planned to lay off five police officers, 12 firefighters, 10 public works employees and 22 clerical workers later this week.

The police chief is applauding the judge's efforts, telling News 12 New Jersey that the cuts alone would devastate the town.

Menza says it's all about controlling the budget and the issue is pitting the unions against the taxpayers.

All parties will be back in court for another hearing on Nov. 17.