Judge Orders 10-Day Delay on Newark's Planned Layoffs
Friday, November 12, 2010
Newark police officers will get a brief reprieve from Newark Mayor Cory Booker's plan to layoff more than 150 police officers. A lawsuit filed claims the city hasn't made an appropriate effort to find an alternative. A judge has ordered a 10-day delay.
Booker says the layoffs were neccessary to close a $11 million budget gap.
In a statement, Newark officials says the ruling presents, "severe financial consequences to the taxpayers in our city."
Officials say the layoffs are unavoidable and necessary. "In light of the Judge’s ruling however, we are prepared to meet immediately in an effort to try to realize savings that will enable the city to meet its budgetary requirements.”