With much of the city closed for business due to coronavirus, Comptroller Scott Stringer says the city will lose more than $3 billion in tax revenue over the next six months. Now, he's urging lawmakers to stop the spending in the hopes of saving money for critical health care and other services.
“We have to fight the virus, but we have to walk and chew gum at the same time and start thinking about our budget,” said Stringer.
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His says city agencies should explore where they can save to later reallocate funds where they’re needed most.
Stringer says all the steps being taken to close businesses, schools and promote social distancing were necessary to combat coronavirus, and even called out the president for a lack of efforts.
“We won’t have the massive testing that we should have -- that’s Donald Trump’s fault -- but we have to take matters into our own hands," he said.