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White Plains Lays Off Four City Employees

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - City Hall announced another round of layoffs Tuesday and informed four White Plains employees that their last day would be Friday.

Two cashiers in the parking department, an office assistant in the public safety department, and an employee in personnel were let go, according to Chief of Staff John Callahan.

Budgetary concerns motivated the layoffs, which will save the city $250,000.

Karen Pasquale, an advisor to Mayor Thomas Roach, said Roach was exercising the right to cut $1.5 million in salaries and benefits, which the Common Council granted him in May.

The four layoffs come on the heels of the "defunding" of eight city positions July 1. An aide in the mayor's office, secretary in the budget department, graphics technician in the information services department, senior clerk in the building department, two public works department employees, a parks and recreation department secretary, and a youth bureau employee lost their jobs earlier this month.

What are your thoughts on the layoffs? Are you concerned about the city's budget? Do you know anybody who lost his or her job? What are your thoughts on the mayor hiring a new office aid amidst layoffs? Email responses to and we'll include it in upcoming coverage.

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