A meeting Thursday of the state board that oversees the finances of embattled Yonkers was delayed in an attempt to break a deadlock between a federal judge and the City Council.

A spokesman for the Emergency Financial Control Board, which was established in 1984 during a city fiscal crisis, said the board had decided to postpone the meeting "to construct some options" in light of a judge's decision to fine the city because of its refusal to build court-ordered public housing in white neighborhoods.The delay of the meeting was seen as the first step toward a solution to a deadlock that could drain the city's entire budget in three weeks.

The fines started Tuesday at $100 and double each day the City Council refuses to obey U.S. District Court Judge Leonard Sand's plan to end 40 years of racial discrimination in the city of 200,000 people.