Officials from the city, Justice Department and the NAACP will meet with a federal judge this week to fine-tune a desegregation plan that emerged as the city teetered toward the edge of bankruptcy.
The conference comes after two councilmen changed their minds and voted early Saturday to accept the judge's plan following a series of noisy and emotional City Council meetings.They switched after lawyers from the city and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People agreed on a compromise housing plan the councilmen hope U.S. District Judge Leonard Sand will accept.
Fines imposed by Sand on the city reached $1 million a day on Friday, forcing the layoffs of hundreds of workers that would have taken effect Saturday had the councilmen remained defiant.
Now, the fines and layoffs are on hold.
Sand told lawyers for the city, the federal government and the NAACP to gather Wednesday to go over the alternative plan.
Sand could accept the new plan or again order the city to abide by his original order.
Sand had called for 200 units of low-income public housing on a number of sites scattered throughout mainly white neighborhoods and 800 units of middle-income subsidized housing scattered throughout Yonkers.
The City Council had agreed to the original plan earlier this year and the city agreed in a consent decree to follow it. But officials disagreed on how it should be implemented.
The new city-NAACP proposal would substitute two new housing sites for one of the original seven; mix some low-income units with more expensive ones; substantially alter the style and mix of the housing; rehabilitate some existing housing; and create a new organization to manage the housing.