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Lawmakers reach deal to avert teacher layoffs

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City lawmakers have reached a budget deal that will avert the layoffs of about 4,000 teachers partly through union concessions, but the city won't pay to replace thousands more teachers who quit or retire this year, officials said.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn gathered with city lawmakers and the head of the teachers' union Friday evening to announce the $66 billion deal, which avoids the worst of the cutbacks the mayor had said would be unavoidable due to economic hard times and declining state and federal aid.

Still, city classrooms will hold 2,600 fewer teachers next year, because a larger than expected number of instructors are choosing to quit or retire. Combined with the attrition of the last two years, the drop in teacher rolls represents a loss of one-out-of-12 instructors.

That will leave roughly 72,400 teachers for more than 1 million public school students -- down from 79,000 teachers in the 2008-09 school year.



Floodwaters recede but leave damage

NYACK (AP) -- The floodwaters have receded from the Hudson River town of Nyack after a damaging storm, but the water left behind quite a mess.

At the Riverspace arts center, mud covered the seats in an auditorium that was under seven feet of water following a fast-moving thunderstorm Thursday.

Workers used big fans to dry the place out.

An official at a strip mall in downtown Nyack told the Journal News, of White Plains, that it could take five months for all his tenant businesses to repair the damage and reopen.

The storm caused a state of emergency in Rockland County, closed Nyack's main street and caused some area high schools to postpone their graduations.



Decline in demand causes company layoffs

CICERO (AP) -- A company in Central New York that makes devices that detect roadside bombs is laying off 28 people, due to a decline in demand.

A spokeswoman for Syracuse-based SRC told the Post-Standard newspaper that the company's manufacturing division ramped up production of the detectors several years ago, as more orders came in from the military and government.

SRC's Lisa Mondello said production has now fallen back to normal levels.

The company has about 850 employees in New York.



Man shot by trooper is out of hospital

LEE (AP) -- An Oneida County man who was shot by a state trooper is out of the hospital.

James Newbill was wounded in the hands Thursday during an encounter with troopers in the town of Lee.

State police said Newbill was wounded after he fired a rifle in the air, refused orders to drop it and then pointed it at a trooper.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse said police had responded to Newbill's home after getting a report of a man with a gun acting erratically.

Newbill is being held on $100,000 bail at the county jail.

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