DeBlasio and his entire staff are taking a week off without pay. That will save the city $860,000. Given the $9 billion budget deficit, this sort of looks like a band-aid on a severed artery, but DeBlasio is taunting it anyway.
“We have to make tough choices to move this city forward and keep our budget balanced,” de Blasio told reporters. …
“We’ve already had to make some tough cuts that have affected this city and the services we provide. We’re tried everything we can to stop from those cuts becoming worse. We don’t want to take away jobs from public employees, we don’t want to take away services from communities that need [them],” de Blasio said.
The furlough will not be everyone all at once. The almost five hundred staff members of the mayor’s office will stagger their absences, but still…$860,000 against $9 billion?
This has to be the result of new math.
He added that the “current fiscal year budget is $7 billion less” than what the city projected in February.
Well, thank Heaven for small favors. A lower budget wouldn’t have anything to do with lower tax revenues with the reported stampede of people who actually work out of the city, would it? As of this week, there are 15,000 vacant apartments in Manhattan. That just doesn’t happen on a regular basis.
“I couldn’t have imagined no action by Washington, D.C., up until this point,” de Blasio said. “I thought it would be an article of faith that there would be a federal stimulus, but there hasn’t been, and I see no indication that there will be for the remainder of this year.”
Any attempt to bail out New York, thankfully, will most likely get vetoed.