Thursday, November 18, 2010
Bloomberg to close firehouses at night
From the NY Post:
Mayor Bloomberg today is expected to order thousands of layoffs next year in bruising budget cuts intended to close a massive gap, sources told The Post last night.
Bloomberg will announce the widespread job reductions and service cuts as he tries to close the nearly $3.3 billion budget deficit the city is facing next year.
In September he directed all agency heads to cut 5.4 percent from their current budgets and 8 percent from their spending plans for next year.
The cuts were lower -- 2.7 percent this year and 4 percent next year -- for the Department of Education and the four uniformed agencies, the NYPD, FDNY, Sanitation and Correction.
The total cuts over the next 18 months will total at least $1.5 billion.
One source familiar with what the mayor will announce today said Hizzoner will drop the budget ax hard on services for seniors, libraries and cultural centers, while trying to spare the NYPD and Department of Education.
The mayor also is expected to propose closing 20 fire companies at night -- a tempered plan after his suggestion to completely shutter 20 fire companies last year faced resistance.
Awesome! Don't burn the midnight oil, folks.
I still find it fascinating that we have all kinds of money for Willets Point, Atlantic Yards and dead weight at City Hall, but none for vital services that affect our safety. More fascinating is that the public and their elected reps are content with being bitchslapped.