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The Call Blog: City Council Approves $66 Billion Budget

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I feel used. I want several hours of my life back. We did several shows on the proposed fire company closings and teacher layoffs. I said on the air I was skeptical about the idea. That is was just a threat. A political move to get unions to give concessions. A public relations gimmick to convince New Yorkers how bad it must be. It appears I was right. But that doesn't make up for the lost hours...



It's a done deal. By a vote of 49-1, the City Council passed a $66 billion budget for New York City today. The fiscal plan averts Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to close 20 fire companies and lay off 4,000 teachers, but 2,600 retiring teachers will not be replaced.

The budget also includes layoffs for 1,000 municipal workers in several departments. In addition, 350 civilians who work for the NYPD will be replaced by uniformed officers. The lawmakers did find money to create ten senior centers, including one specifically for gay New Yorkers.

Speaker Christine Quinn said lawmakers addressed areas "where the pain that was proposed was simply too deep...a firehouse closed and a life lost, a child not having enough teachers, and having a class size so big they couldn't learn." What do you say?

Given the state of the economy, is this a good budget deal for New York? Should the 2,600 retiring teachers be replaced? Are you pleased with the financial decisions made in recent years by Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn?

Send your thoughts using the link above.



This is a complete joke. If retiring personnel and those who quit are not replaced, class sizes shall get larger.This is really another form of layoffs. How about putting the excessed teachers back into the positions created by teachers leaving? The mayor will now threaten layoffs each year and the UFT will comply by giving more up. UFT is a perfect foil for the mayor.

Ed from Sheephshead Bay



The Mayor, and City council are spinning the budget as one that saved teacher jobs, but that's a lie. With school budgets cut by 4% across the board, teacher's are still being "excessed", and retiring teachers will not be replaced. That adds up to lost teacher jobs! This is going to impact real city costs in too many ways to mention in a quick email. My message to the politicians: You think education is expensive? Wait till you feel the cost of ignorance!

Denise from Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn



I DISAGREE WITH POLICE OFFICERS DOING CIVILIAN DESK JOBS. THERE ARE WAY TOO MANY OFFICERS CURRENTLY BEHIND THE DESK. WHY PAY MORE IN SALARIES TO REPLACE LOWER PAID CLERICAL WORKERS WITH BETTER PAID OFFICERS?

JOE, BAY TERRACE



Hi John,

All of these people in charge are dangerous people. They are just running all over us and in the mean time they are running their own little business with our money. I was born in this city and I have never had the benefit of this money like I see many others do. You people are so rotten to the core. I don’t know how you put your head on the pillow and go to sleep, wake up the next day and start spewing your venom towards us again. I’ve said it many times we all belong to someone and don’t forget it. Stop pushing us around.

WAKE UP PEOPLE WAKE UP. DON’T ALLOW THEM TO THROW YOU ALL A FEW CRUMBS. SHOW THEM THAT WE CAN’T BE BOUGHT.

maxxiee
mp



John,

I would have been impressed if the City Council had taken a weed whacker to the City budget. The City is involved in thousands of things it has no business being in. It should be cut to it’s constitutional size and limited to performing it’s sole function: protection of individual rights through the police, the courts and the military.

I would liked to have heard shouts of Cut, Cut, Cut when any proposal came up. Instead, we got Spend, Spend, Spend.

Joe
Port Richmond, SI



A sigh of relief blew through senior centers as City Council won about $20 million in restorations for meals, staff, and activities. Elder abuse funds were fully restored protecting victims of financial, physical and sexual abuse. This is great news and credit goes to City Council. Funds were cut for social workers going into homes of 85-90 year old homebound elderly - this is a tragic loss. After winning back state funds for senior centers and city funds for senior centers, you'd think elected leaders would just leave the senior centers alone already.

Bobbie
Sheepshead Bay



Definitely not! I am still waiting for super man or woman and the so-called "business genius" of M. Bloomberg! All he has ever done as Mayor with his Administration is FIRE City Workers every year and in the name of economic crisis! A note for C Quinn, you will never be Mayor! Between Bloomberg and yourself I'm surprised the city is still standing!

DW
Qns



ATR's should be placed in the vacancies created by the teacher retirements. Right now they are wasted doing substitute work.

James
Educator - Middle Village



Its a shame that in this day and age, due to mismanagement and greed our most vulnerable must pay.

john from woodside



How does replacing 350 civilians with uniformed police officers save money? And amazing how quickly this budget fell into place.

Jack B.



If the budget passed 49-1 then they all must be getting something out of it personally. I think our Founding Fathers would be dissapointed that we haven't taken Bloomberg out of power yet. This is OUR city. Not HIS!

Jeremy
Forest Hills



We’ve seen what a government run education system, in cahoots with the unions, delivers; now let’s give Charters a shot. Squeezing out the failing public school system will create opportunities for Charters to step in and prove their worth.

Frank, Sunset Park, Brooklyn



At first I was thrilled when I heard about the deal, however there is a little magic trick being played. What's hidden in the news (usually in a small blurb on page 7) is that the schools lost piles of money and are slashing teachers and services anyway. So when the class sizes go up, services disappear and test scores go down -- they can further blame the teachers and increase calls for getting rid of "bad" teachers.

My school has lost two so far and more are to come.

Well, at least millionaires can pile on extra luxury and Bloomberg can offer up more no-bid contracts.

Sal
Bay Ridge



Seeing as how they are out for themselves, I'm surprised that they came to any agreement. It is a sad day when they lie to the citizens of NYC to play chicken with the budget. It makes us trust them less, if that is possible!

Peace, Nick
Hell's K.



In relation to the DOE aspect of the budget, as a substitute teacher, I believe it is a slap in the face to let the ATR's fill the substitute positions. The UFT did a good job to make sure ATR's get paid no matter what. My feeling is that the excessed teachers should not be paid, which is an incentive to find a position. I don't feel that the UFT protects subs.

Eddie
Jackson Heights



The solution is simple, tax the rich. We live in one of the wealthiest cities in the world. If people want a safe city then people with money need to pay, simple as that. Problem solved.

Thanks,
Jeff in the LES



As a caller said yesterday that Christine Quinn has so many faces that you don't know which face we will see next. ..I agree it is a David Copperfield act....while we are looking over here the many faces of the city council play the presto change-o game again ! People allow this voo-doo by voting these folks into office again and again, so , they have to realize you get what you pay for sometimes.

Kathy from Thoggs Neck da bronx.



Jonathan from St. George is just another richie acting like he's some sort of victim. Tax the rich! 2600 fewer teachers is not a good thing!

-Sarah from Manhattan Valley

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