Saturday, January 3, 2009

Fun, fun, fun 'til Bloomie takes the Prius away

As the Bloomberg administration scrambles to cut spending, it is ordering city agencies like the police, parks and health departments to give up nearly 700 city-owned cars, a cherished perk for their workers.

The move would save $20 million over the next two years, according to a copy of the memorandum sent to city agencies.

The decision to sell off scores of Toyota Prius cars and Ford Escape sport utility vehicles is very likely to irritate many city workers, who use the them to travel around the city inspecting sites or rushing to meetings. But it would help blunt criticism that City Hall practices a form of vehicular hypocrisy, telling ordinary New Yorkers to use mass transportation while at times clogging the streets with its own city-issued cars.


Workers Ordered to Give Up City-Owned Cars

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh ....so this is how f├╝hrer baggie pants is going to put the brakes on the inspectors wile wstill keeping his nose clean.
"blaim it on the economy"
This way the bulders, crane operators can continue to run amuck.

Who is expected to buy all this crap with the upcoming depression and bankruptsy of the country nearing ?

Why not Quadruple building permit and variance costs ?
The Greeks, Buks and Israeli's profeting & building 90% of this EuroFucco and cement sh*t can clearly can afford it. He can ask Katz.

-Check

Anonymous said...

I live a couple of doors down from an NYPD captain who has one of these gas guzzling SUV's assigned to him as a "take home" car. I watch him run to C-Town and Juniper Park. I watch him leave for work early in the morning and return exactly the same time early afternoons. No emergencies. He has told me several times he has a strictly administrative position on the police force. Why does my tax dollars which already pays his bloated ($100,000 plus) salary also finance his commute, shopping excursions and his conveyance to the park? I'm with Bloomberg on this one.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I forgot. You can also see this NYPD captain superhero with his city car everyday at the Coliseum gym after his shift. He's a big bald nazi with a big loud mouth.

Anonymous said...

Now that the mayor is taking away their cars, will the workers have bigger travel & expenses vouchers to make up for the difference? They will get a gas , wear & tear allowance for using their own vehicles.

Anonymous said...

Most positions can do without cars. Like in the private sector, some like myself put in milage expenses. Other like my boss get a straight 5-9K annual grant which is completly payroll taxable. I suggest the latter for city workers if they need car to take home and have mixed personal/buisness use.

In any event - I see too many DEP prius parked in my residentail area overnight. I don't believe these are emergency cars and totally uneccessary to take home! Most of these folks are driving about instead of visiting clients to inspect or fine.

Taxpayer said...

Here's a proposal for Commissar Death and Taxes:

Look at all those trucks and equipment sitting idle for long periods in the far flung firehouses.

There's no reason to keep them all. They can be sold to the needy in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

We keep the bare minimum. When a call comes in to put out a fire, let the system first identify the voting records and party affiliation (as well as political contribution history) before wasting time on the call.

If the fire is reported at a wealthy developer's residence, send out the equipment, otherwise save the time, money and effort.

Soon the city will be populated by precious people only, and with a little clever double talk, they can be easily convinced that they should be paying for protection from their own pocket, leaving taxpaid protection to the Commissar Dear Leader only.

Anonymous said...

Wow great idea, let the inspectors ride public transportation and do three stops a day. Oh by the way, that illegal construction next door to your house undermining your foundation. Sorry can't get there, you live in a two zone area. Train was late, bus broke down.

Anonymous said...

TAKE ALL THE CITY CARS AWAY Mr MAYOR ! Everyone I see is being used to drop off their kids at school or hopping into the Stop and Shop. And our city is on the financial brink crumbling....
DOT, DOB, Parks, DEP...

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Now that the mayor is taking away their cars, will the workers have bigger travel & expenses vouchers to make up for the difference? They will get a gas , wear & tear allowance for using their own vehicles.

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In other words, damned if you do; damned if you don't?

Anonymous said...

I don't believe this report is correct. They are not taking away vehicles that are used during the course of one's duties. They are taking away the perk of cars assigned to people to use as their personal vehicles off duty.

Anonymous said...

They don't have to take these cars away completely. Just do away wtih the ones that are allowed to be taken home. No reason a city employee can't go to their place of employment, pick up their car, perform their daily duties, drop off the car when done with work, and then go home either by public transportation, or by their own private vehicle, just like everyone else.

Anonymous said...

If you take a car home, it is a perk and should be taxed as such since it is considered being used for personal reasons. As the previous posted suggested there is No reason a city employee can't go to their place of employment, pick up their car, perform their daily duties, drop off the car when done with work. In fact this is how all of America does buisness - do truck drivers take their Employer's trucks home from work? For the most part, no.

Anonymous said...

Ha, ha, ha!

If hizzoner (can you believe it?) takes the subway... so can his employees!

Lazy privilege abusing SOBs!

What's good for the midget is good for the NYC workforce!