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Newark To Move Forward With Police Layoffs

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A Newark Police Department cruiser. (Credit: CBS 2)

A Newark Police Department cruiser. (Credit: CBS 2)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP/1010 WINS) — The City of Newark announced Tuesday evening that it will lay off 167 police officers effective on Nov. 30.

In a news release, the city said the decision was made after the police union’s “refusal…to put the city’s one-year counter proposal to a vote.”

Earlier Tuesday, Newark’s main police union rejected the offer to save the jobs marked for layoffs.

In a statement, the Fraternal Order of Police’s executive board said it had unanimously rejected the proposals that had been characterized as “take it or leave it” by city officials.

“This rejection contradicts public statements made on Saturday, Nov. 20, by the FOP leadership that it would put the proposal to a vote by its entire membership,” the city’s release said.

Last week, the union proposed $2.7 million in cuts that would affect the 167 officers targeted. City officials responded with a plan that called for cuts spread out over the entire department — $1.2 million in overtime, $3.7 million in pay deferrals and $1.9 million in furloughs.

The layoffs were originally scheduled for Nov. 12, but a judge had granted a 10-day extension.

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