Pending layoffs spark protest in Irvington

Police officers and firefighters hit the streets to protest 30 layoffs among their peers.

Notices were given to 20 police officers and 10 firefighters last month. The mayor of Irvington blames cutbacks from the state for forcing him to lay workers off.

Union members say police and firefighters should be the last to go in order to preserve the safety of the community.

Union leaders say Irvington's crime has dropped 25 percent because of police presence on the streets. The mayor says he's still committed to working with the police and fire unions on a compromise, but if no deal is reached, the layoffs will take effect May 21.

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