Protestors hope to prevent upcoming layoffs at the Newark Housing Authority

Protestors demonstrated Wednesday outside the Newark Housing Authority headquarters in hopes to prevent upcoming layoffs.

Some employees, who are scheduled to lose their jobs in two days, were joined by some tenants who say losing the employees means there will be even more problems with the maintenance of their buildings.

The layoffs come after news that the housing authority spent close to $1 million on renovations, equipment and upgrades to its main offices. The authoritys executive director says the upcoming layoffs are due to his budget constraints. He also claims the renovations were necessary.

Authority officials maintain the money used for salaries and the money used for renovations come from two different budgets. They say they are not allowed to exchange funds between the two.

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