Officials in Yonkers are trying to recover $819,000 they sent the government shortly before agreeing to a court-ordered desegregation plan to avoid bankrupting fines.

U.S. District Court Judge Leonard Sand, who imposed the fines on the city because four councilmen refused to approve the bitterly contested plan, told Yonkers officials Friday he would not forward the $819,000 check to the Treasury if the council changed its vote that night.The council voted 5-2 early Saturday to pass a zoning ordinance paving the way for 1,000 units of low- and middle-income housing to be built in predominantly white and middle-class neighborhoods.