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Peekskill looks at cutting City Hall hours to cope with layoffs
After several rounds of layoffs, the City of Peekskill's employees have seen their workload increase so much that the city is considering closing down City Hall an hour early every day to give them more time to do their jobs without distractions from the public.
The proposal, pitched by Acting City Manager Brian Havranek, would close City Hall at 4 p.m. during the week to allow workers more time to process paperwork and other duties.
"Due to the recent staff reduction, it has become increasingly difficult to accomplish the same level of work everyone has become accustomed to," Havranek wrote in an email to Peekskill Mayor Mary Foster and members of the Common Council.
Council members were expected to discuss Havranek's proposal Tuesday night.
To bridge a projected $5 million shortfall in 2013, the Common Council laid off 18 workers -- mostly clerical and management jobs -- from the city's 183-member workforce, cut spending and increased property taxes and some fees. The city also consolidated departments and merged some functions to further reduce costs.
Like Westchester County's other cities, Peekskill officials attribute the need for cuts to increases in health care and state pension costs and labor contract obligations.