Gov. Cuomo’s Tough 2011-12 State Budget Drops Hammer On NYC

Bloomberg Irate The City's Revenue Sharing Aid Will Be Hacked

ALBANY (CBS 2/WCBS 880) — Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing a new budget so painful that even he admitted it would “inflame the Albany establishment.”

But it also seemed to inflame New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. On Tuesday Hizzoner said the cuts to New York City are a whole lot worse than the governor’s numbers would indicate, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

With the State of New York $10 billion in the red, the only good news in Gov. Cuomo’s new budget is that there are no new taxes. But he took his budget ax to almost every other program and challenged the Legislature not to give in to the unions and lobbyists who prefer new fees and tax hikes to tightening their belts.

WCBS 880 Reporter Peter Haskell reports on the deepest cuts proposed in the state budget.

“This is going to inflame the Albany establishment. The lobbyists are going to be running around the hallways like their hair is on fire,” Cuomo said.

With steep cuts to education and Medicaid, a possible 9,800 worker layoff, the need to close prisons and even $100 million slashed from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the governor told lawmakers there were two critical things they needed to do — pass an on-time budget and enact ethics reform.

“You pass ethics reform. Why? To restore your credibility and restore your integrity and say to the people of this state they can trust this body called the Legislature once again,” Cuomo said.

But a food fight broke out between Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg over just how much pain the state is inflicting on the city.

Cuomo said the city is losing nearly $660 million in state aid. Hogwash said Bloomberg. It’s really $2 billion in state funded services to city residents, including a whopping $1.4 billion in school cuts.

The mayor also charged that the city is being hit harder than anyplace else in the state.

“The budget does not treat New York City equitably,” Bloomberg said. “It eliminates 100 percent of New York City’s revenue sharing aid — more than $300 million — while cutting other localities by just 2 percent. The residents of our five counties pay a disproportionate amount of state taxes, and they deserve the same level of support.”

Most of the governor’s critics called on him to avert some of the cuts by continuing the so-called millionaire’s tax that adds a surcharge on anyone making over $200,000-a-year. It’s supposed to sunset on Dec. 31.

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  1. MARYBETH says:

    LOWER TAXES, LOWER GAS PRICES LOWER GROCERY PRICES LOWER EVERYTHING!! HOW ARE WE EXPECTED TO CONTIINUE WITH ALL THE NEGATIVE. THE COST OF LIVING IS GOING UP YET NO ONE CAN AFFORD IT ANYMORE IN NYC. SOMEONE NEEDS TO LOOK AT SYRACUSE NY AND ITS SURROUNDING AREAS. THE AVERAGE AMERICAN DOES NOT SEE ANY OF THE BUGET POSITIVE IMPACTS ARE THERE EVEN ANY? WE ARE FOEVER ASKED TO PAY MORE , WORK MORE GIVE MORE AND THE GOVERNMENT JUST TAKES AND TAKES FROM US WITHOUT GIVING ANYTHING POSITIVE AND SUBSTANTIAL IN RETURN. LIFE IS SIMPY NOT FUN ANYMORE! SOMEONE NEEDS TO LISTEN LISTEN LISTEN.

  2. George says:

    Congratulations to Gov. Cuomo’s on his budget cutting decisions. Two suggestions: 1) let out-of-touch Bloomberg spend his fortune in helping NYC recover from its woes.
    2) let the greedy, corrupt unions transfer the money they give to the Democratic party to NYC. Hell, that’ll solve the problem right now!
    George

  3. V. P. Glynn says:

    Yeah, the man is soooo right. Time to kick ass, cut the cloth to whats needed,. Every day I watch the kids, big and small, a spoilt lot, time they get a dose of reality. The sooner they and their parents lose some of the big fat from their bodies and their wallets the better. Go Cuomo go. This city needs a big kick in the new you know where!!!!

  4. Steve says:

    As a New York City resident, I do not envy the budget decisions that the mayor and the governor must make, especially during these tough times.
    However, I am amazed to hear some still mentioning this stupidity about extra taxes for people who make over 200k/year. Don’t you get it??? Do you really think that earning $201,000 a year (and living in Riverdale, Murray Hill or Brooklyn Heights) is the same as someone making $201,000, but living in Corning, Elmira, or in the outskirts of Syracuse? Are people really that stupid?

    1. Josh says:

      If you are earning over $200k annually and are complaining that you can’t afford a respectable lifestyle, then you are an ungrateful turd. Go waste your money on some therapy and tell someone who cares, you greedy, selfish jerk!

  5. Bob Fowler says:

    Unions have their place, no doubt, but, without the ability to trim the herd, they are ripe with incompetence, malingerers, and generally unqualified people. The union is responsible for a 40 hour work week, but, it does imply working for the 40 hours, not floating along, doing the minimum required.

    Tough times call for tough measures. I guess it will be tough on those that don’t work to live a lifestyle that they have grown accustomed to, when benefits (the free meal) gets cut. I guess that will mean that those generational recipients of my tax dollars will have to work, and put something back into that pot of gold that they have been draining.

    I understand Mayor Bloomberg’s response, as he is still fighting for every dollar that he can get. But it is time for the politicos to start doing what they are charged to do, represent the BEST interest of ALL of the people. I really don’t care if next years St.Patrick’s Day parade doesn’t happen, nor if the Thanksgiving Day parade is cancelled for lack of funds to police it. WE THE PEOPLE deserve better government, and more accountability, not more pork.

    1. ilvedanny05 says:

      It needs to be trimed from the top not the bottow. Cut the big wigs that do nothing, but make millions. Why is it always cut the hard workers. My husband works hard for the city and it’s people yet all people want to do is complain and act like we are rich. We live a modest life. If people think that is unfair because they don’t make enough to live a comfortable life then I am sorry, but this is America and we all make our own way.

  6. Johnny says:

    Unions are an archaic organization that do nothing except extort money out of city residents. It’s usefullness as an organization that promotes a “fair & safe” working environment are over since laws are already on the books protecting american workers.

  7. the bandid says:

    ilvedanny05. i said get ready of the unions, not the workers, is morons like you that make this great country the way it is.

  8. John says:

    The one area that the governor should not reduce is education.The children are going to be the real losers if that occurs.Education is so very critical for our children ,especially in this day and age.Teachers work very hard to do their best to give the children the best education that they can-cut money from education,and you will end up losing teachers due to layoffs;the school s will not be able to do their jobs of adequately staffing their claasrooms.Also,teachers should be treated as professionals-the teaching profession in this state and country does not get the merit that it deserves.Do not cut money from the education portion of the state budget.Cut the overbloated salaries of the bigwig politicians who blow alot of hot air-they talk alot,but do nothing to help their constiuency.

  9. Vienna Sausage Boy says:

    If Mario’s son wants to lay off employees to save money, he shuld be starting with his own staff. He should get everyone who was hired due to nepotism off the state payroll. Make all cuts at the top and keep the hard working middle class employed. Mario’s son is acking like that big dop Christie from N.J..

  10. Devenio says:

    Wake up people. Education is not a priority. It hasn’t been for a long time. If you want to take over a country without force, you have to make the people stupid so they don’t ask the wrong questions. Look at the bandid up there. It is a product of public education. If you’ve noticed all the unrest in the Egypt of late – this is what happens when an educated population can no longer live with the corruption of its government. Americas educated population cares about how much is the BMW payment and can we afford a week in the Hamptons this summer. Never would they go against the corruption that America has been since Nixon. When you wake up tomorrow and the retirement age is 72, just blame your lack of education.

  11. Hey Nathan... says:

    How you like Cuomo now, nathan.

    Or did you conveniently forget about this stupid decision in your continuing series of stupid decisions, yet again?

    Libturds, they deserve everything they get. First they got Obama, and now they got Cuomo. Oh wait, most libturds are fudge packers, they like gettting the shaft.

  12. smdh says:

    So sad, the area that needs the most attention always the first to get cut, education. Cuomo, should look into the city agencies that have over staffed and little production and/or why are so many are getting paid up to six figure salaries and have not clue on what their job description requires ? Over time pay for civil servants was cut over a year ago, but more work is expected. So what next, Saturdays added to the work week.

  13. Jimmy says:

    Teachers work hard and are the best educated “Civil Servants”. And they have the most important of jobs – educating our children.

  14. PaPa Joe says:

    Why is education so often at the top of the list? Doesn’t anyone realize that an undereducated person can be as dangerous as a rattlesnake on the loose? In my day, many, many years ago, I was fortunte to receive a GREAT education in the public shool system -but- that was during the years when American Public Scolls were at the top of the list and NYC public schools were at the top of that list. People, don’t destroy public education. Teachers are not the problem, I know, my wife is a retired teacher who worked very hard to get 97% (average year) of her Chemistry and Biology students through the regents. The real problem is that no one wants to particiipat in that four letter word: W O R K …

  15. the bandid says:

    Mr. Coumo get ready of the unions and those state workers padding they pensions with overtime and you new budget will be balance.

    1. ilvedanny05 says:

      Why don’t we just get rid of the civil servants. Then jerks like you can police your own neighborhoods and put out the fires and pick up your own trash and drive everywhere all over the city. Once we do that then we can put more money into teaching illiterate idiots like you how to spell.

      1. Homer says:

        a little harsh but I have to agree with you. Its unclear to me who people like ‘the bandid’ think state workers are. They actually make NY livable.

      2. Devenio says:

        people like the bandid are paid idiots of the rich trying to vilify hard working union men and women. These idiots don’t realize that it because of the unions they have jobs that are safe. Its because of the unions you have a 40 hour work week with weekends off and some sort of medical. The rich have gotten very greedy of late and the push to lower pay standards to that of 4th world countries is on the rise and idiots like the bandid who more than likely works in McDonalds is helping them. Once you lower union wages, you can bet that all other jobs with lower wages. Most countries have a Labor Party. In this country, its the Unions and this idiot wants to take away the voice of the working man. OFF WITH HIS HEAD!!!

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