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Wife Pleads with Eastchester to Save Hubby's Job

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- A woman whose husband worked on the maintenance staff for the Eastchester schools for 23 years untill his position was eliminated earlier this month, pleaded with the school board Tuesday night to give him his job back.

Lilly Moynihan, of Carmel, said that her husband Kevin, received a letter June 8 stating that his position would be abolished at the June 21, board meeting. The letter stated that Kevin Moynihan, 50, would remain on salary until June 30, 2011, but should spend his remaining days as a district employee at home, his wife said.

"He was escorted off the grounds by the police," an emotional Moynihan said. "He spent almost his entire working career here, and in the end he gets treated like a criminal."

The school board also abolished a full-time office assistant position, a part-time office assistant and a part-time typist position during Tuesday's meeting.

Superintendent of Schools Marilyn Terranova said that she was unable to discuss personnel matters, which the board is required to keep private.

Moynihan got emotional during her brief speech to the board, noting that her husband is a cancer survivor, and the father of five children under the age of 17, two of whom  are severely autistic and require extensive medical care.

"If they can't give him his job back maybe they can give him a different job, or maybe they can offer him a retirement package like they did with other people who work here," she said. "Maybe since I appealed to them as people, as parents, not as board members, there is some way they can help us."

The board did not respond to the request.

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