Bloomberg Fights For $1B In State Funding
ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is set to make his pitch to the state Legislature to spare the city about $1 billion in cuts proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The annual lobbying by the mayor takes on a different cast Monday after Cuomo benefited from Bloomberg’s endorsement in the fall elections. Now Cuomo isn’t sparing the independent mayor’s city in his $132.9 billion proposal.
Bloomberg contends the budget would shortchange the city by more than $2 billion and it isn’t being treated fairly or equally.
The losses would include $650 million in school aid and $301 million in in municipal aid.
Bloomberg also wants relief from costly state mandates, many of which protect union work.
Cuomo’s budget would cut spending 2.7 percent and address a $10 billion deficit.
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