Friday, May 6, 2011

RE: Mayor Bloomberg’s Fiscal Year 2012 Executive Budget

“While I understand that these are tough fiscal times, Mayor Bloomberg’s budget will drastically reduce crucial services and have a major negative effect on the quality of life in our city. Certain services, especially our public schools, must be held harmless from budget cuts, and the mayor’s plan to lay off more than 4,000 of our teachers is unacceptable.

“Right now, this city has a close to $3 billion surplus, which Mayor Bloomberg has stated should be seen as a ‘rainy day’ fund. Well, it’s pouring, and that money needs to be used to protect our teachers, and our public school students, from cuts that will increase class sizes and lower their quality of education.

“In addition, I am concerned that the Department of Homeless Services, an agency that serves some of our most vulnerable residents, has been gutted by this budget. I hope that the Bloomberg Administration will rethink these painful cuts to some of our neediest city residents.

“I do agree with the mayor that the State has not done enough for New York City to prevent these cuts, and I join his call for the State Legislature to fulfill its fiscal commitment to the five boroughs.”

“There are some bright spots in the mayor’s budget, and he is to be commended for them. I am happy both that we will not see the closure of firehouses in this budget and that 1,147 new police recruits are slated to join the force. I am also happy that the city has backed off of its plans to eliminate most of the 16,000 day care slots that had been slated for closure,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

Editors Note*
We add that Scott M. Stringer, the Manhattan Borough President (and possible candidate for mayor in 2013), criticized the mayor’s lack of transparency in releasing his budget. “This document is political,” Stringer  said,  and “This is not the way we should be running the city.”

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