Layoffs in Brick City to affect firefighters, police officers

NEWARK - Sanitation workers received pink slips this morning. Other workers being fired in order to close Newark's $70 million deficit will include firefighters and police officers.

The city's 1,300-member police force received the news of the pending layoffs on Friday. Derrick Hatcher, the police union's president, says he didn't think it would come to this despite the warnings. There are 167 officers that appear headed for layoffs, with senior officers being demoted.

Firefighters also received layoff notices and beginning this week, 1,450 non-uniform city workers will begin weekly furloughs, cut to four days a week.

As part of the plan to close the deficit, Mayor Cory Booker (D-Newark) says that he's considering handing garbage pickup over to private haulers.

Sanitation workers get layoff slips in Newark

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