Non-Teachers School Union Chief Speaks On Yonkers Budget Shortfall

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Lionel Turner, president of CSEA Local  9169, speaks at Wednesday's State Budget Forum
Lionel Turner, president of CSEA Local 9169, speaks at Wednesday's State Budget Forum Photo Credit: Contributed

YONKERS, N.Y. -- Lionel Turner, president of CSEA Local  9169, spoke at the State Budget Forum held last night with Sen. Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assemblyman Gary Pretlow and Assembly Member Shelley Mayer at St. Joseph's Hospital.

Testimony focused on need for additional state funding, particularly in light of budget shortfall at the Yonkers Board of Education.

An alleged budget miscalculation of $55 million led to the recent and sudden retirement of two Yonkers schools administrators, including Yonkers superintendent Bernard Pierorazio.

The Yonkers Board of Education has selected Michael Yazurlo, a former Tuckahoe schools superintendent and Yonkers principal, as interim superintendent of Yonkers Public Schools.

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