The head count in Mayor Bloomberg's office has swelled to the highest level of his seven-year tenure - prompting him to order a massive cut over the next 19 months, The Post has learned.
Figures posted on the city's Web site show that the mayor's office had 492 employees as of September.
At the end of the 2007 fiscal year in June, the figure stood at 451.
The low point, 404, was reached in October 2005.
When The Post first examined the payroll last March, mayoral aides defended the upward trend by saying employees were added to address specific policy initiatives launched by Bloomberg in his second term, including tackling poverty, combating illegal guns, and the sweeping environmental agenda known as PlaNYC.
But with the economy in trouble, the mayor has put on the brakes and shifted to reverse.
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