City Slashes Budget, Cuts Thousands Of Jobs

Teachers, Fire Houses, City Workers All Fall Under Sharpened Ax

NEW YORK (CBS 2/WCBS 880/1010 WINS) — In an effort to take a big bite out of the Big Apple’s budget deficit, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is calling for massive cutbacks and thousands of layoffs — including teachers.

Politicians usually like to sugar coat the bad news, but not Mayor Bloomberg. Maybe that’s because he knows that with the economy’s failure to recover there’s even more bad news around the corner.

“Nobody should think this is going to be feel-good time,” Bloomberg told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

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It was probably the understatement of the day for the mayor, who after all, is faced with cutting the budget for the ninth time.

The massive cutbacks include:

* More than 10,000 jobs eliminated over the next 18 months.

* Some 6,100 teachers will be getting pink slips — 4,600 layoffs and 1,500 through attrition.

With 1,700 schools and 1.1 million students in the city it’s the teacher cuts that have upset a lot of parents.

“It’s a big problem. The schools are very crowded and the classes are too large to start with so it could really hurt,” Staten Island mother Nancy Acampora said.

“The kids love their teachers. They go to school here and all the kids like their teachers and I think it’s going to effect their education,” added Allan Powell of Staten Island.

“I thought we had a deficit all ready of teachers. That’s just going to make things crazy unmanageable I think,” Craig Sidell said.

Teachers’ union president Michael Mulgrew is also unhappy.

“We’ve had 4,000 teachers less in the last two years than we have right now and that has caused a dramatic increase in class size and that’s not good for kids, not good for the parents, not good for the schools,” Mulgrew said.

The mayor has come up with a number of creative ways to save money:

* 20 fire companies will be closed overnight.

* More than 640 street resurfacing employees will be furloughed for one week, meaning 9,000 potholes won’t be filled

* Almost 1,500 parks department employees will be furloughed for three months in the winter.

When asked by Kramer how tough or how painful Thursday’s cuts were, Bloomberg said, “Well, if your services slow down or aren’t in the quantity you want it’s more painful than if it’s somebody else’s.”

Believe it or not Thursday’s cuts are just a mid-year budget adjustment. Many more cuts will be on the table in January when the mayor unveils his new budget for the year beginning July 1.

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  1. Pigbitin Mad says:

    Well here is what should make you really mad.

    One third of the money we put into federal taxes goes to states like Alaska that are running a 2 billion dollar surplus. This means that each alaska resident gets a check for $1100 every year. Why should we not collect hat money and give it to NY. (Actually if we collected all this money from the Welfare recipient Tea Bag states, NY, CA, CT, NJ, and other blue states would be solvent).

    This is just unacceptable. This bureaucratic budget allocation process is what needs to be stopped.

    If the Tea Baggers believed even half of what they say, they would scream NO WELFARE.

  2. Pigbitin Mad says:

    Well here is what should make you really mad.

    One third of the money we put into federal taxes goes to states like Alaska that are running a 2 billion dollar surplus. This means that each alaska resident gets a check for $1100 every year. Why should we not collect hat money and give it to NY. (Actually if we collected all this money from the Welfare recipient Tea Bag states, NY, CA, CT, NJ, and other blue states would be solvent).

    This is just unacceptable. This bureaucratic budget allocation process is what needs to be stopped.

  3. nomorebloomberg says:

    Cut Bloomberg. How about making him repay all the city that he and his friends took from this city. This self professed businessman has profiited in this recession by taking money from the public sector. Plan 2030 seems to be about choking the city as it is now to plan for his own interest.

    1. nomoremike says:

      Example of no bid contract friends of Bloomberg the CIty Time agency payroll office $700 million and counting. The average worker makes $400,000. Its good to have friends in the Mayor’s office

    2. J.C. says:

      I SAY WE CUT THE RETIREMENT BENIFITS FOR ALL CITY WORKERS, EVEN THOSE IN RETIREMENT ALREADY. LIKE G.M. DID TO ITS WORKERS. PAYING INTO PEOPLES RETIREMENT FOR SOMETIMES 50 OR 60 YEARS IS THE PROBLEM, THREATEN THEM WITH GOING BROKE AND THEY WILL HAVE NOTHING. IF THEY DONT LIKE IT LET THEM FIND NEW JOBS, THERE ARE PEOPLE WAITING IN LINE TO TAKE THERE PLACE..ALL THESE CITY EMPLOYEES MILK THE SYSTEM AND WE ALL NOW IT, 8 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR GO TO RETIRED CITY EMPLOYEES AND THERE MEDICAL BENEFITS, IT HAS TO STOP NOW…

      1. A.C. says:

        I AGREE THE CITY EMPLOYEES SHOULD BE TREATED LIKE THE EMPLOYEES FROM GENERAL MOTORS. LET THE CITY GO BROKE, BREAK ALL THE CONTRACTS WITH THERE UNIONS AND START FRESS. THERE ARE PLENTY OF PEOPLE WHO NEED WORK AND WILL STEP RIGHT IN. WHAT ARE WE SCARED OF 20 YEARS AND OUT IS OVER. CITY EMPLOYEES SHOULD WORK LONGER OR NOT RECIEVE BENEFITS UNTIL RETIREMENT AGE. YOU DON’T HAVE TO PROMISE THAT MUCH ANYMORE FOR PEOPLE TO WANT A JOB, ITS TIME TO ACT I AM SICK OF PAYING FOR PEOPLES 60 YEARS IN RETIREMENT WITH FULL PENSION AND BENEFITS, IF WE CAN’T AFFORD IT WE CAN’T DO IT..

      2. SID SAFI says:

        It’s about time that NYC join the rest of the country and face the reality, with huge pay roll and benefits given to its employees. Unfortunately, when it comes to shirking the payroll. They pick people who are doing necessary works, but you never hear about those fat cats with connections who earn high salaries and most of them don’t do much work. All city agencies involved in Capital Projects have huge number of employees filling redundant position with 3 figure salaries and the best pension benefit and incase you did not know, most of construction project are being run and supervised diffuse esophageal spasm (DES)

      3. p.s. says:

        bitter loser,go out and work and stop worrying about people who earn their money.I know you never take a break at your job and never have lunch and can hardly walk after work.Its people like you who dont do anything but sit around and worry that city workers make more and retire earlier than a loser like you who will work for a company into your 60’s and get no pension.Who’s the loser,the company you work for or you.Worry about the person your working for who will not give you a raise or pension because you dont have a union.Just to help a loser like you out,texas has no unions and is 13 billion in debt.No one is going to end the retirement ,new york is law ,g.m. wasnt so forget a fantasy idea that new york will eliminate the pensions.Get off the computer and go back playing your video games.Your not worried about people on welfare,who havent worked a day in their lives and get payed for the rest of their lives.Free medical and money for each child they have also free subsidized housing and food stamps.Dont worry your a typical loser afraid to say anything about welfare.They also make more than you but dont say anything,hide like most people do and not mention welfare.

  4. Jack says:

    Oh no! Now the teachers at my son’s school can’t walk around all day with a piece of paper like they are doing something. Waaah!!! Oh, we grade tests at home and make assignments at home. Yeah, but kids have music,gym,art so teachers only work 3-4 hours a day out of their 6 hour day.

    1. Maria says:

      You wouldn’t have a job today, or be reading or writing if it wasn’t for teachers. There wouldn’t be doctors curing diseases, lawyers, etc. Don’t underestimate the job of a teacher, and don’t stereotype based on a few people who don’t do their job well. You can find those people at any job. There are those of us who work hard and do our job- and do it well. Most people have no idea what it takes to be a teacher. The amount of pressure that is placed on our shoulders, along with the mounds of patience needed is no simple task. Do you think the world would be a better place without schools or teachers? What exactly do you do that you think is so much more productive?

  5. michellep says:

    If NYC doesn’t have the money then things need to change. NYC cannot continue to be in the RED. Does firing teachers suck, yes it does. But the city needs to run like a business.

  6. dr mengle,got twins? says:

    MAYOR MIKE HAS LOST HIS MIND..WHATS he been smoking?oh he dot smoke ciggs but their are other substances..and where was he when 4 loco came to new jerk city?

  7. ezflyer says:

    What does him and his family care? They are rich beyond any of our dreams so it creates no real impact to him, just to all the people that will be affected by all of this. So many nations owe NY millions upon millions for delinquent taxes, fines and such and yet NY does not demand any of it, they do demand the people who live in NY to shoulder the burden..with layoffs and such…as long as our government cares more for the rest of the world and does not tend to its own, this will be result.

  8. Sickof Bloomberg says:

    So, Hitlerberg is at it again. Is it a coincidence that his announcement comes out the same day his lover Steve Rattner is being sued by Cuomo??? Good Work America’s Worst Mayor. Solve your mistakes on the backs of workers while your Wall Street buddies rake it in. All you idiots complaining about unions are buying Hitlerberg’s C R A P by the shovel full. All the union workers in NYC take less money out than ONE of his Hedge Fund buddies.

  9. otto says:

    Prayers to those affected by this.

    God help us if Bloomberg is ever President😦

  10. david11238 says:

    But the pundits on Morning Joe say Bloomberg will make a great POTUS!

    1. J. P. says:

      Yeah, and the reason they think that is because the sooner he gets elected POTUS the sooner he won’t be mayor!

  11. sk says:

    why are jobs being cut from hard-working people?, we are still paying for those on welfare who don’t work at all. They’re thousands of people who just sit and do nothing. Many of them are capeable of working, but they rather hang out and collect everything thing for free. The city government is wasting money on low lives instead of providing it for people who contribute to society.

  12. Carl says:

    The truth is that is only going to get worst. The housing market in NY will start to look more like FL. Don’t buy real estate in NY because is going down dramatically!

  13. jamieob256 says:

    If Bloomy would tax the businesses instead of giving them all the tax breaks, it would help pay for things like the police officers’ salaries and the sanitation workers.

  14. Mr Sam says:

    Why is it that the working people are always to blame? The middle management that sits on their collective butts dreaming up ways to raise their pay scale while already making well over six figures are the ones soaking up the taxpayers money. The ones that are actually doing the work are being told they make too much. Minimum wage is being argued against. Who is supposed to support the economy, the rich? I keep hearing the Bush tax cuts are necessary to create jobs, last time I checked the cuts were still in effect, so where are the jobs?

  15. Waiting for my pink slip says:

    City Time anyone? If they stopped wasting money on outrageously expensive contractors, maybe they wouldn’t have to lay off so many low paid city workers.

  16. Me says:

    I watched the pot hole fillers.They stand around the hole talking holding up traffic You can cut the staff by 3/4 and keep the good workers. I’m not the only one that see this. Cut cut cut good good good

  17. Use to Love NYC says:

    Lets get rid of your 311, what a waste that is. You call to complain about garbage pick up and all they do is transfer your call to sanitation. I could dial that myself, why does the city need 311 workers to transfer calls.

  18. anonymous says:

    It’s not Bloomy it’s Dommy. I agree he was handed a city that was running it’s self.
    He has done nothing for the city that has made him billions. He keep taking from the middle class and giving to the rich. He is not half the man the previous mayor was like ti or not.

    Why don’t he donate some $ to the city he loves and made him rich. He says he is such a philanthropist yet he never shows it.
    We need action not words.

  19. riri097 says:

    How many terms in office does this clown have, the city has gone from bad to worse.

    What good has he done.

    Bloomy has done NOTHING for New York City.

  20. Joe says:

    This is just going to make the recession worse. No jobs for people, no money to spend. No money to spend, no spending money on goods and services. No demand for goods and services, no jobs. It’s an endless downward spiral.

  21. mike debo says:

    This sounds like and absolutely atrosious plan. Wheres does all the money from the bridges and tunnels go? The MTA. How are they a money losing operation. They provide a service, they do not sell sweatshirts or video games. Parking tickets. Taxes removed automatically from our pay checks. Disgusting. All these “revenue sources”, andthese clowns can manage their fist through a wet paper bag.

    1. Devenio says:

      Mike, the MTA is NOT a part f the NYC budget. MTA is STATE.

      1. Carl says:

        Devenio, MTA is STATE YES, and NYC is part of NYS.

  22. anycast says:

    why don’t they cut the suits behind him during the press conference – CUT the MANAGEMENT ! They are usless pos ….get paid to do nothing but LIE CHEAT AND STEAL

  23. Jimmy says:

    I don’t understand why the unions won’t give up a little to save the jobs of their union brothers. Unions typically have a democratic membership but are republican in action.

  24. Tom says:

    BF:
    Suports people like him and fires hard working honest Americans.
    GULAG revisited

    1. steve says:

      you may be honest but, half of the americans are not!!!!!!!11

  25. MR MCNASTY says:

    I REALLY WISH THIS POS “MAYOR’ WOULD GET BRAIN CANCER AND DIE A SLOW PAINFUL DEATH THAT HIS MONEY CANT BUY

  26. Nick says:

    I love the bone heads here who like to compare the goldbricking union non-workers “working” in government to Wall Street. If you bone heads want to compare to Wall Street and get the Wall Street bonuses, than be prepared to be rated on performance and fired en mass every 2 years, ala Wall Street.

  27. Mike FTW says:

    I love the people blaming the mayor for the current financial situation of the city. Fact of the matter is that Unions have driven the city into this financial situation. Don’t forget that he’s the only mayor of NYC who isn’t getting paid but $1 a year to do his job. Only thing left is to revamp the entire MTA, and get rid of its money-pit administrators and workers.

    1. Josh says:

      And you’re forgetting that the unions have all renegotiated contracts during Bloomberg’s 9+ years in office. Nobody forced the unions to take the deal Bloomberg offered them. If anyone is to blame for union workers being overpaid, it’s Bloomberg. Remember, he negotiated with unions within a year of the elections in order to get their support for re-election.

  28. meko says:

    wall street is about to have another banner year for bonuses..wonder why that is and where that is going? can you say city and state coffers..sales and income tax revenue are down no matter how much you oogle retail and ISM numbers. dig a bit deeper..that dollar in your pocket continues to be devalued…all the while CPI and inflation indicators are ex- food and energy..take a look when you gas up and when you go to the grocery store..that is if you are not paying with EBT cards already..brooklyn alone has 2.2. mil + on it. go to the grocery and notice hoe many pay with EBT if you live in that kind of nabe…me thinks even if you are upscale you will start to see EBT holders shortly…looking for a word that starts with “D” to describe this situation….

  29. BF says:

    Mike, If we are hurting so much why did you spend $100,000,000 on the purchase of land in Coney Island. Why did you give Central Amusements a lease for 6.9 acres for $100,000 a year for 10 years. You are a fool and corrupt through and through.

  30. mikeyg says:

    And they want to spend millions changing the street signs in New York city.
    The Mayor has gone mad.

    1. meko says:

      that’s federal gov’t mandate not city or state

    2. drabby says:

      The street signs must be changed as the result of a FEDERAL mandate. It was not the city’s choice.

      1. Teacher of LD kids says:

        The feds mandated NCLB and IDEA, too, which is supposed to mean that 40% of funding for special education is supposed to come from the federal government. The City, however, DID get funding from the Contract for Excellence, which was supposed to be earmarked for reduction in class size, but WHERE THE HELL IS THE MONEY? And to everyone above, STOP BLAMING THE UNIONS. If it’s what you really want, then fine. Get rid of the cops, the firefighters, the sanitation workers, and the teachers. You think you can step into our shoes? Go ahead. Then retire without a pension or health benefits, as you wish.

  31. Steve says:

    Great Great Job! a lot of employee think their getting a free ride to retirement! great Job!

  32. Tom says:

    Mr. Mayor, you are right on the money

    Let all the English speaking CUNY professors go, and instead hire “I failed my ESL course” adjuncts – you wll save tons of money for the city.

  33. Steve says:

    Nice move Mayor Mike….You need to close a $3 billion dollar budget shortage, but lets look to spend $2 billion more on a subway project to NJ that’s not needed. No wonder I moved out of NY.

  34. Smash Crasher says:

    Denise: Antics? He’s making a decision that should have been made years ago. Where else can a garbage man make $120,000 but in New York City? How financially ignorant con some of you people be? THERE IS NO MONEY. Maybe he ought to tax the rear-ends off people like you. I applaud the layoffs. it’s only the beginning. The union sucks in every big city have drained the taxpayers for decades. Time to Pay the Piper as you will.

    1. mikeyg says:

      I don’t know about you smash crasher but without the unions you would probably would be living in a garbage can.And by the way sanitation workers do not make
      120.000 thousand a year get you facts straight.

      1. Jack says:

        Right, only $99,000 a year. Get your facts straight!!!!

  35. Denise Perretti DeAloe Cook says:

    I am sick of him and his antics.

  36. Josh says:

    So much for having a financial master at the helm of a city gov’t. Thought having him stay on for that 3rd term was to make things better, not worse. Maybe if he didn’t waste billions on City Time, the new 911 system, the failed Olympic bid, the failed WSide Stadium, giving out raises and benefits during the good times without planning ahead, raises and bonuses to his staff b.c of their selfish sense of entitlement, anti-terror measures which have prevented nothing, etc… Oh yeah, I forgot about all the no-bid contracts and higher than market rates the city is paying to lease office and school space from his friends. Yep.

  37. BigEddy says:

    3 bucks?

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