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A Yonkers firefighter at the inauguration of Robert (Credit: Faye Murman)

A Yonkers firefighter at the inauguration of Robert Sweeney as the city's new acting fire commissioner in the mayor's reception room at City Hall. (Aug. 31, 2012)

Yonkers mayor, firefighters duel over deal

Yonkers firefighters and Mayor Mike Spano are at odds over a labor contract Spano says is too generous and is draining the financially strapped city's coffers.

Yonkers firefighters mingle at the inauguration of Robert
(Credit: Faye Murman)

Yonkers firefighters mingle at the inauguration of Robert Sweeney as the city's new acting fire commissioner in the mayor's reception room at City Hall. (Aug. 31, 2012)

Yonkers firefighters mingle at the inauguration of Robert
(Credit: Faye Murman)

Yonkers firefighters mingle at the inauguration of Robert Sweeney as the city's new acting fire commissioner in the mayor's reception room at City Hall. (Aug. 31, 2012)

Yonkers firefighters mingle at the inauguration of Robert
(Credit: Faye Murman)

Yonkers firefighters mingle at the inauguration of Robert Sweeney as the city's new acting fire commissioner in the mayor's reception room at City Hall. (Aug. 31, 2012)

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Yonkers firefighters mingle at the inauguration of Robert
(Credit: Faye Murman)

Yonkers firefighters mingle at the inauguration of Robert Sweeney as the city's new acting fire commissioner in the mayor's reception room at City Hall. (Aug. 31, 2012)

Yonkers firefighters mingle at the inauguration of Robert
(Credit: Faye Murman)

Yonkers firefighters mingle at the inauguration of Robert Sweeney as the city's new acting fire commissioner in the mayor's reception room at City Hall. (Aug. 31, 2012)

A Yonkers firefighter at the inauguration of Robert
(Credit: Faye Murman)

A Yonkers firefighter at the inauguration of Robert Sweeney as the city's new acting fire commissioner in the mayor's reception room at City Hall. (Aug. 31, 2012)

Yonkers firefighters mingle at the inauguration of Robert
(Credit: Faye Murman)

Yonkers firefighters mingle at the inauguration of Robert Sweeney as the city's new acting fire commissioner in the mayor's reception room at City Hall. (Aug. 31, 2012)

Yonkers fire engines and ladders respond to a
(Credit: Rory Glaeseman)

Yonkers fire engines and ladders respond to a call in Yonkers. (Aug. 30, 2012)

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Yonkers firefighters mingle at the inauguration of Robert
(Credit: Faye Murman)

Yonkers firefighters mingle at the inauguration of Robert Sweeney as the city's new acting fire commissioner in the mayor's reception room at City Hall. (Aug. 31, 2012)

A Yonkers firefighter at the inauguration of Robert
(Credit: Faye Murman)

A Yonkers firefighter at the inauguration of Robert Sweeney as the city's new acting fire commissioner in the mayor's reception room at City Hall. (Aug. 31, 2012)

Firefighter Jeff Campion, a 23-year veteran of Engine
(Credit: Nancy Siesel)

Firefighter Jeff Campion, a 23-year veteran of Engine 303, speaks at a rally against proposed budget cuts to Engine 303 in Yonkers. Mayor Mike Spano has proposed shuttering this firehouse, in one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in Westchester County. (June 5, 2012)

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano speaks about budget issues
(Credit: Nancy Siesel)

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano speaks about budget issues at Yonkers City Hall. (July 30, 2012)

Tom Halpin, a firefighter with Engine 303, attends
(Credit: Nancy Siesel)

Tom Halpin, a firefighter with Engine 303, attends a rally against proposed budget cuts at his Yonkers firehouse. Mayor Mike Spano, in an effort to pare down the city's growing deficit, has proposed closing the firehouse. (June 5, 2012)

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Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano swears in Robert Sweeney
(Credit: Faye Murman)

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano swears in Robert Sweeney in the Mayor's Reception Room at City Hall as the city's new acting fire commissioner. The Yonkers City Council is set to confirm Sweeney in September. Sweeney joins the Yonkers Fire Department after serving as the chief of operations for the New York Fire Department. (Aug. 31, 2012)

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano swears in Robert Sweeney
(Credit: Faye Murman)

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano swears in Robert Sweeney in the Mayor's Reception Room at City Hall as the city's new acting fire commissioner. The Yonkers City Council is set to confirm Sweeney in September. Sweeney joins the Yonkers Fire Department after serving as the chief of operations for the New York Fire Department. (Aug. 31, 2012)

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