From NBC 4:
Mayor Michael Bloomberg already said a few weeks ago that he would not lay off police officers due to budget cuts, but now NBCNewYork has learned his executive budget tomorrow will also restore 892 police officer jobs who he planned to eliminate through attrition.
The reconsideration comes following a result of the failed car-bomb plot in Times Square over the weekend.
The plan to reduce headcount by 892 officers was in the mayor's January plan, which is just a preliminary budget. On Thursday Bloomberg will announce the final plan that goes to the city council for negotiation and approval.
How can he afford to spare these cops? Tax revenues are slightly higher than the city's conservative estimates, so a few of the worst budget cuts are off the table.
There are currently approximately 35,000 uniformed officers at NYPD -- nearly 6,000 less than the 40,800 officers the force had in 2001 when Bloomberg was first elected.
The budget cost for restoring the funding for the nearly 900 positions will be about $55 million.
Hey, Bloomberg also is begging for more homeland security funds, although he has no intention of reversing the sanctuary city policy which leaves the city more vulnerable to terrorism.
The teachers won't be spared, however.