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Mayor Bloomberg tripled his wealth in the last eight years. He's now worth an estimated $18 billion. Meantime, New York City is reeling in a fiscal crisis. We're now facing a $5 billion budget hole. How I wish those numbers were flipped...
Looking to close a $5 billion deficit, Mayor Bloomberg unveiled his executive budget proposal today at City Hall. His plan would eliminate 11,000 City jobs, including 6,400 teachers and 400 firefighters. In addition, 20 fire engine companies and 50 senior centers would close.
Bloomberg blamed "Albany's bad decisions" for the City's fiscal problems, saying the State is "starving" the five boroughs by cutting aid by $1.3 billion. Governor Paterson responded by claiming Bloomberg is using the State "as a scapegoat to shirk responsibility." What do you say?
What's your reaction to 11,000 possible job cuts? Should Bloomberg find another way to balance the budget without closing firehouses and senior centers? Is Albany to blame for the painful cuts as Bloomberg says, or are the City's financial problems just a symptom of a weak economy?
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Yeah that's right Mr Mayor, that's what we need, 11,000 more people with no jobs. Off with their heads and let them eat cake. How removed from reality you are! Blame the state? This is your third term in office! Why have you not been able to find a way to work WITH the state after all these years? Your personal wealth has been doing quite well. Perhaps we should have YOUR financial advisors in office and YOU can go back to Bermuda, or wherever it is that you stash your cash.
why not cut some of his own staff . . . or other branches and offices in government . . . when do they get laid of and feel the affect of the economy. i never see that happening. the cuts always come to those who can least afford it. how on earth can the children's education be a target, or senior citizens who no longer have that much to look forward to, and who are trying to keep their dignity and be a part of what's happening, stay active . . . and the firemen? you've heard that ditty "the roof, the roof, the roof is on fire, we don't need no water, let the m_____ f_____ burn?" well, what's on his mind. there must be another way . . . he needs to get creative and find it . . . wherever the blame lies on these cuts, people should not suffer whose lives are always impacted when budget cuts come . . .
I’m in the camp that says Bloomberg is at fault for miss managing the city’s finances. He was elected, at least he campaigned on the premise that he would be the best city manager. He has proven to be far less than that.
Look at all of his cockamamie projects like plazas, bicycle trails, violations of rights inherent in banning things that don’t fit his agenda. Slowly, but increasingly, he is destroying NYC.
Port Richmond, SI
Does this come shocking to anyone? Bloomberg being worth over $16 billion, and he is trying to be greedy. He is not doing what is best for the people of the city, and those who visit, but better for himself. It's hard times, and especially with so many previous layoffs, he should not layoff more workers. I have a plan to save the city. Take Mr. Mike Bloombergs $15 billion, and put it into use to N.Y.C. A man does not need that much money, not even $1 Billion, but I think, he should just keep it as a Thank you gift for the $15 Billion.
Since Bloomberg ran for a third term under the banner that only he could save the city from financial ruin, then it's time for the mayor to do more than just play CEO boss and slash jobs. He (the financial guru) needs to stop blaming Albany and find a better way.
The NYC budget cuts , I have not read anything about Sanitation or traffic officers getting cut why is that? If any City agencies should be cut it should be those! cut back on street cleaning, once a week instead of twice. OT for parade clean up, make the traffic agents work an extra block or two, they are not a LIFE line to the city. police fire teachers are. we need more of those.
diana of washington heights
The mayor can;t put all the blame on the Gov. $5 Billion defecit-supposedly $1.3 billion the Gov. fault-That leaves $3.7billion-Don;t think that;s the Gov. fault.I agree with the Gov. the mayor is using the state as a scapegoat instead of admitting he doesn;t know it all & the only solution he sees is to cut services instead of putting aside some other projects for a few years.
MAN, TALK ABOUT THE FERTILIZER HITTING THE VENTILATOR. SOMEONE IS NOT TELLING THE TRUTH. I HOPE WE DON'T HAVE THE SAME TYPE OF DEMONSTRATIONS OF PROTEST THAT GREECE IS ENDURING.
JOE, BAY TERRACE
Impeach david patterson for incompetency or section 75 him. Also give his wife another raise at emblem health. is this the best we can do at the state level? Come on.
NY is the face of the US to the world. We are the most energy and resource efficient area in the country. The feds should give NY money.
This is his fault for everything. He starts one project after another and then doesn't complete any of them and in the next breath he is always asking for more money if he doesn't get it the projects remain at a stand still and that is usually for years.
He tends to blame everyone but himself and tonight he will have Wolfson on your station to explain what I am not sure. Why doesn't he show up himself and stop sending the pit bulls to do his dirty work.
He should stop having a carte blanche policy for people in his administration spending money on things that are not necessary.
Is he going to fire the firefighters that put out last night's Coney Island fire?
Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn
He's the financial genius!!! Where is it???? Nine years and more blame game! Come on Mr. Economic genius time to pony up and stop pointing fingers it's not good for New York
This guy is so full of it, blaming the democrats to justify layoffs. Its all political, he said the economy is only going to get worse, during the election year. How can you cut government careers, he is truly a republican. Obama should fire him.
Mayor Bloomberg needs to "balance" his way of sane thinking if he thinks he can keep us safe by cutting out 400 Firefighters Jobs and closing Firehouses! WE JUST HAD ANOTHER TERRORIST TRY TO KILL US AND MAYOR BLOOMBERG WANTS TO CLOSE FIREHOUSES??? IS HE KIDDING? WHAT IS WRONG WITH HIM? WHY DOES MAYOR BLOOMBERG ALWAYS ATTACK THE FIRE DEPARTMENT? COULD IT BE BECAUSE THEY'RE UNABLE TO DEFEND THEIR DEPARTMENT ENOUGH DUE TO ALL THE FIRE OFFICIALS, LT.'S, SGT.'S AND FIREFIGHTERS KILLED ON 9/11? COULD IT BE HE'S TAKING ADVANTAGE OF A DEPT. WHEN THEY'RE DOWN? DOESN'T HE HAVE ANY CONSCIENCE? WHAT THE HECK(HE-L) IS GOING ON? HASN'T MAYOR BLOOMBERG INDIRECTLY ASSAULTED AND KILLED ENOUGH CONSTITUENTS DUE TO LACK OF FIRE PROTECTION? WHERE IS HIS SENSE OF DECENCY AND RESPECT FOR LIVES AND GOD'S OTHER CREATURES?
VICTORIA MARY S.
I blame Mike. Didn't he run for a third term saying we were heading for hard ecomonic times and that only he could save the city from financial ruin? Over 8 years and Mayor Bloomberg has not rained in his own spending, has a TOP HEAVY city administration and then blames Albany. Albany has its own problems. Its time for the Mayor to do more than just play CEO and slash jobs. Sounds like a classic bait and switch.
I work in the dept. of education, as a lab specialist (support staff in charge of safety and all science labs). Not just teachers' jobs are in danger, most support staff jobs (school aides, lab specialists and secretaries) are in jeopardy. Someone should look at these areas of the dept. of education: Since Bloomberg became mayor the dept. of education has become more TOP HEAVY than ever before and city just hired several deputy chancellors. We have more principals and assistant principals than ever. The central board and district offices have too many people making too much money. Most high schools have 34 students in a class and in a laboratory. We cannot afford to loose anyone from the schools themselves. Cut the big salary jobs outside of the schools.
It's pure hyprocrisy that Bloomberg is attempting to balance the budget on the backs of the teachers when schools Chancellor Klein has just hired 8 deputy chancellors giving them all $190,000 in pay. In fact 1 deputy chancellor received a $60,000 raise. He also wants to lay off firemen and close firehouses because he has been waiting to pay back the firemen and fire union for backing Thompson for mayor.
Sunnyside Queens NY
I am Carmen from Fort Greene Brooklyn.
It is no coincidence that the Mayor wants to cut teacher Jobs. The Public needs to wake up. He is scapegoating the Teachers and Union Busting.
He doesn't have to cut teachers. Why doesn't he cut all the administrators he keeps hiring at the Dept of Ed at 250,000 per person.
Where are the Tax Payer Funds that have been diverted into their pockets.
Let's get real!
LEAVE THE TEACHERS AND FIREFIGHTES ALONE! Bloomberg can shrink the deficit by eliminating the big time "do nothing" positions in his office and the do nothing staffers in the councilmembers offices.
Taxing marijuana makes sense. It is less harmful than alcohol and should be treated as alcohol in terms of the law. You will be surprised of the people who would come out if the woodworks who admit its use (free commercial) and revenue will soar quickly. We will get out of this rut we're in very fast and New Yorkers will be able to spend and keep their jobs as in the Clinton Administration.
In fact, BETTER!
At a press conference last month near Yankee stadium, Mayor Bloomberg said something along the lines of "I will not tell people that they're out of a job." It's so nice that we have a mayor who is a man of his word.
When the Mayor demanded mayoral control, he said that he wanted to be able to assume accountability for the condition of the school system. Wonder if he'll be willing to stand by that, and assume that accountability when everything falls apart in the wake of such drastic cut-backs!
i dont under stand why is the city cutting education these kids are our future. i expect in the next 10 years that the special education system will be over crowed because there would not be a need for regular eduaction classes. what kind of people are going to run this city in the coming decades.i am so worryed for my daughter
On the budget gap-mayor cutting jobs-well atleast we'll have a lot of privileged college failures turning into overpaid new cop hires that care only about gettin paid lots of money rather than care to actually protect us. The nypd increase starting salary from 25 to 42 grand is too much, 35g is fair.
I have many differences with Mayor Bloomberg, but he is the most fiscally responsible politician I know of, and he is right about the irresponsibility in Albany.
One of the ways to save Department of Education money is to change the 37 minute period session for a small percentage of students from Mondays through Thursdays so that all students remain for 30 minutes each day. This would eliminate the cost for "double dismissal Department of Education busing". This extra cost for the 37 minute 2nd dismissal busing, designed by Bloomberg and Klein, would save valuable money which could be used in more efficient ways in schools and adding needed instructional time for all students.
I AM PROUD AND HONORED TO BE A NYC TEACHER!!!!! First, yes we should blame Albany, but the City Administration too is to blame for this fiscal crisis. Second, 6,400 teachers being laid off, is a travesty to the students, of all ages, of NYC. Some are saying between 2 and 3 more students will increase the class sizes.........WRONG------I personally believe that school administrators will max out each classroom with the most that a teacher can handle.......could you imagine 30 students in kindergarten/first grade????
And lastly, I am a NYC teacher and I believe in the 23 years of my career, I have given the children of NYC a foundation to go beyond their dreams. EVERY NYC TEACHER does that!!!!!!!! We have a commitment to give our students the best education that is possible. Please Mr. Mayor, reconsider the drastic cuts to education..........please spread the wealth!!!
So glad as with the school ratings so low why are we paying so many teachers not to teach? maybe fire all the padded room teachers great way to lay them off for years of Not working anyway and call it a recession for them now- I do feel more sorry for the senior citizens centers as We are living longer and in better shape in mind and body - What else is Bloomberg intending with the federal budget from the Census - or are we just going to keep building projects and more places that arent selling what deal does he and these contractors have??
I think its appauling how many teachers could possibly be laid off. The school system is in bad shape to begin with, this will just too devastating for the schools and especially the children. Class sizes will go up, there are a lack of supplies to begin with. Dedicated, new educators will be laid off and it is a lose lose situation. When we want our children to compete with those of China and other parts of the world, it will be hard for them to get a fair education with 50 kids in a class. The governor and mayor along with the UFT need to work together for once and restore all cuts to education. The children do not deserve this.
Throughout all of his commentary and blame placing regarding the budget, not once have I heard Michael Bloomberg call upon the financial industry, the cause of our economic woes, to pitch in to help. Not once has he held the rich accountable for anything. I am wondering if he so self satisfied now with being able to give himself another four years.
New York City
Bloomberg should find a way to contribute money to the five boroughs from his own personal holdings. What a hero he would be....
NY1 needs to ask the MAYOR the following:
1- Where is the 4.4 billion dollar surplus he was BRAGGING to everyone about a few yrs ago... the majority came from the increase in property taxes, which he is still getting from us, which has resulted in all of us struggling because of it! They had more money to waste & now they dont know what to do without it & want more!
2- He wants to make cuts, why doesnt he cut the HUNDREDS of MILLIONS that the Council gets ins DISCRETIONARY funds which which end up in the wrong hands... 99% of the tax payer has no clue this this exists!
3- DOT wastes MILLIONS each year paving roads that DO NOT NEED PAVING & on top of it, they've been doing extremely poor work which fail within a few years. I personally have documented 3 perfect roads (in just the past 3 years) & after speaking with many DOT workers, I was told they've been doing this for YEARS... they mill & repave roads that DO NOT NEED it to get asphalt money kickbacks & leave roads that are in DESPERATE need of repair un-repaired and in DANGEROUS condition (ie West Alley Rd in Douglaston, which cyclist get injured going down it daily), why arent they repair roads like this... and when I point this out to him, the Council, the Comptroller & the DOT commissioner (with this proof), they all cover up for them & turn the other way? It's DISTURBING!
I have 100% proof, photos & videos of this WASTE, some posted on the web, would u like to see it, go to http://francislewisblvd.com/ & scroll down to the article, photos & video.
Please help NY tax payers & make them aware of the above!
And feel free to contact me for a road they are ripping up this week that DOES NOT NEED IT, Bell Blvd, between 233st & 26 ave, I shot videos & photos of it today! How can the MAYOR allow thiss & then go on the news blaming Albany & telling us the needs to cut all the vital things NYC people need?
THIS IS DISTURBING!
I cannot believe that Mayor Bloomberg is serious about eliminating jobs as a solution to the fiscal crisis. Prescinding from Albany’s role in New York City’s financial plight, the Mayor must come up with more innovative solutions that not only preserve current jobs in the public sector, but stimulate job creation in all sectors. Even more, it is appalling that the education of our children, the promise of our future, is weighted so heavily on the budget chopping block. As a public school teacher in a school for an underserved community, I can attest to the severe lack of resources to so many of our City schools, the inequity that exists between the schools attended by those with money and those without. It is short-sighted. There are surely sources of revenue that remain untapped. The Mayor frequently states how much he values the low income and blue collar workers as the backbone of the New York City economy. Yet, his targeting education especially impacts their children, denying them the opportunities that the financially privileged will always have. The same can be said of all public service jobs considered for cuts. Curiously, police are now exempt from job cuts following the recent terrorist attempt in Times Square. I suspect that this decision has nothing to do with the needs of protecting the ordinary citizen as much as it does with protecting the needs of the financial sector and investments of those with money.