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Mayor Stuck Defending Budget on Trip to Highlight Road Resurfacing

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While visiting an asphalt plant in Brooklyn, Mayor Bill de Blasio was busy defending his budget plan after a disagreement with the city comptroller. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

Mayor de Blasio paid a visit to this Brooklyn asphalt plant on Wednesday.

He was talking about money in the budget for filling potholes and road resurfacing, but the mayor ended up stuck in another narrative.

"That's the real story here: that the city of New York drifted in this manner and there was not a plan to resolve the situation," de Blasio said.

De Blasio was responding to questions about his budget plan and a disagreement between his team and the city comptroller.

"Accounting procedures are, by definition, an area where there is some natural and respectful disagreement about particulars," the mayor said.

Sources tell NY1 that City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Mayor de Blasio had a late night meeting at Gracie Mansion on Friday to discuss how to account for the cost of some raises for retiring teachers.

Stringer came out victorious.

"The comptroller came forward with what we thought was a very productive solution. We talked it through. We agreed it was the right way to go," said de Blasio.

On top of that, new numbers for the cost of a new teachers contract showed, in the long run, the deal would cost much more than originally estimated—nearly $9 billion.

Original figures put the price tag at around $5.7 billion.

"There are a lot of moving parts in these deals and some of the details have to be finalized," de Blasio said.

City Hall does expect to get $3 billion in health care savings.

While the mayor was defending his own spending, he was not exactly endorsing an idea from the previous administration that some say could be an economic boon for the city.

"I think we can safely say the history of the Olympics, in a variety of cities around the world, has been a mixed bag. So it's something we would look at very carefully," the mayor said.

Former Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff, now the head of Bloomberg L.P., submitted a proposal to Governor Andrew Cuomo to bid on bringing the Olympics to the Big Apple in 2024.

Cuomo says his staff is reviewing the proposal and he looked forward to talking to the former deputy mayor about it. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP