Bloomberg Fuming, Says NYC Education Shortchanged By Proposed Budget

Gov. Cuomo Takes Offense To Criticism, Stands His Ground

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The state budget deal will likely restore upward of $136 million in education money to New York City. But Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday that’s not enough.

“We’ve tried to come up with things to mitigate the pain,” Bloomberg said. “We said we would absorb our fair share of cuts provided we got reforms that allowed us to save money. Instead we got cut disproportionately and got no reform.”

Mayor Michael Bloomberg call the budget painful and disappointing, 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports

He said the city will have to cut further than expected as it prepares next year’s budget. Bloomberg had demanded $600 million in restored funding and rule changes from the state during budget negotiations.

“I think that proportionally the cuts that are inflicted on New York City are an outrage,” Bloomberg said.

Bloomberg says there will be layoffs, reports WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb.

CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reports the mayor was particularly upset that the state didn’t give the city the $200 million it requested under the so-called “AIM” program, which stands for “aid and incentives for municipalities.”

“We got cut 100 percent; everybody else got 3 percent,” Bloomberg said.

But Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who closed a massive $10 billion gap and delivered the state’s first on-time budget since George Pataki, was in Albany and didn’t take kindly to the mayor’s comments, to say the least.

“AIM to the city was not cut 100 percent,” said Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto. “AIM aid was eliminated last year, so it is a zero percent increase for fiscal year 2011-12. Prudent budgeting would not have counted that as an increase.”

Cuomo’s office insisted the city is getting millions to keep senior centers open and to protect the homeless, and that there is tens of millions in extra education aid. Union officials said the city would get well over the $200 million in extra school aid it requested, but still the mayor did not rule out additional teacher cuts above the nearly 6,200 already planned. He said the state still shortchanged the city by $400 million.

“At $400 million you’re talking about a much smaller workforce,” Bloomberg said.

United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew slammed Bloomberg, saying the city has a surplus, doesn’t need to cut any teachers and got all the new education aid he asked for.

“He’s still saying he needs to do layoffs. Stop it. He needs to stop it. Mr Mayor, I am asking you, please, stop it,” Mulgrew said.

Cuomo and legislative leaders struck a tentative state budget deal Sunday, but extensive negotiations are still happening.

No one seems to think the tentative spending plan is threatened. But much work remains for the inches-thick budget bills to be written and passed by Thursday night to adopt the budget on time, as promised.

Among the big unknown details is how much funding will be restored to schools if it will be enough to avoid most or all teacher layoffs.

Rent regulations are due to expire on June 15, reports WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond

Legislators are up in arms about the rent regulation issue. The budget did not include an extension of the rent regulations laws.

“This needs to be discussed in the open. No secrets, no backroom deals…2.5 million New York City tenants desperately need protection,” said Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal who represents the Upper West Side.

In the past, Rosenthal says they’ve been forced to accept last-minute deals that allowed landlords to start charging market rates.

Veteran Democratic Assemblyman Keith Wright summed up the hope when he closed a work session with a paraphrase from the movie “Star Wars:” “May the force be with us.”

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  • Bloomberg hates New Yorkers

    Everything Bloomberg does makes life more and more impossible for poor and middle-class New Yorkers. He couldn’t care less as our lives fall apart. I moved to New York when Ed Koch was the mayor. That man led the city with heart and cared about the people, at a time when the economy was also very difficult. It doesn’t have to be this way.

  • bklynmaxred

    Who does one believe when all three, Mayor, Union, and Gov. rep are calling the other a liar, and in the media no less?! All around the country, Gov’s and Mayors are crying broke when they are not. Trying to pass hidden agendas through the legislature. I don’t believe the State or the City is broke!

  • Herbie Original Situation Raskin

    Brilliant move Cuomo! You totally sank Bloomberg’s main excuse to upset New Yorkers about a budget cut! It’s time for Bloomberg and his fellow democRATS to stop all the give-aways!!!

  • Fl-weeing NY

    but we have money to give tourist discounts on hotel stays, shopping, snow and garbage removal…and round the clock police escorts….right! Oh and hire Cathy Black and hire contractors to put broken cameras in the subway and paint bike lane lines and…..

  • TLD

    As if Bloomberg even gives a damn about education. Coincidentally, one of Bloomberg’s ads just came on TV, just now. Yeah, right, “keep the best teachers in the classrooms.” Who decides who’s best? And let’s say the young, inexpensive teachers really are all of the best and that all of the veteran teachers suck, as Bloomberg appears to claim. The young ‘uns’ll be gone in a a year or 3. Keep the best, yeah, right. I’m sick of this fool

  • SickofBloomberg

    Um, Trishe, please be so kind as to shut your face. Thank you. The Bully Midget Mayor didn’t get his way and being the little sissy girl he is, he/she is throwing a hissy fit. Hey, Bloomiepants, this ain’t Wisconsin, you ain’t even half a man, and if it’s a fight you want, bring it on you wrinkled has-been failure!!!!!

  • Stew

    Bloomberg wanted to get rid of LIFO and didn’t, that’s why he’s up in arms. The emperor didn’t get his way! If he really loves the city, let him write a check- he’ll still have plenty left over. By the way, long live our unions, especially the UFT- don’t let the right wing New York papers mislead you- unions are the only institutions left that can fight off the coming plutocracy(although it may already be here.)

  • Trishe

    NYC always gets dumped by the state., yet NYC carries NY State. Michael Mulgrew, if he cared for workers then he should stop charging dues so that he can throw expensive parties. GET RID OF THE UNIONS!

  • Rob

    He didn’t get the reform that he wanted to use to fire the teachers that make the most money and replace them with entry level ones.

  • Rey Fuentes

    He should call himself an outrage!

  • Pete

    But we have the money to rename a bridge (and other bridges and highways) right Mr. Bloomberg?

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