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NYC Creates Suggestion Box For Money Saving Tips

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NEW YORK (CBS 2/1010 WINS) — City Hall wants you to tell them how to save money.

New York City has created an electronic “suggestion box” on its website that will allow users to send in their ideas.

Some people, however, were irritated that the city they think often wastes money would dare ask for anything.

CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman took to the streets for some feedback.

“Maybe Mayor Bloomberg should resign,” one woman said, “he’s not a mayor, he’s a king.”

Ironically, it was Bloomberg’s new Deputy Mayor of Operations, Stephen Goldsmith, a  former mayor of Indianapolis, who came up with the idea.

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Goldsmith said the suggestion box was designed to elicit ideas on a number of fronts.

“How can we make your neighborhood a better place, how can we save money, how can we be more efficient,” Goldsmith said. “Folks who are closest to the work or closest to the neighborhood know best how to improve their lives.”

Unfortunately for the city, some of the suggestions seemed to have touched a nerve about who has been managing things in the first place.

One man who spoke to 1010 WINS’ Senior Correspondent Stan Brooks suggested cutting city salaries.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks talks with residents about their suggestions

“The city employees are making too much money compared to what the private,” he said. “The problem is if you work for a private employer, you have to face competition. If you work for the government or in a public position, you have no competition.”

“Definitely we need to stop with this corruption man. If we could just stop the corruption in the government, we’d have a surplus of money,” another New Yorker said.

The city said the number of suggestions jumped from 12 on Monday to nearly 300 on Tuesday.

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