Bloomberg: Budget Cuts Mean NYPD Must Shrink

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP)Mayor Michael Bloomberg is laying it on the line warning that the city can’t make up for all of the state’s cutbacks.

“This is the hand we’ve been dealt and the question is how do you do it responsibly?,” Bloomberg said Friday. “Everybody is going to suffer.”

Hard economic times mean that New York City will have to reduce the size of its police force.

“We cannot afford the size police force, fire department, of any of these agencies if we have a $400 million deficit,” said the mayor, referring to the state budget passed Thursday that the city said failed to deliver roughly $400 million in savings that the mayor had demanded.

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Shortly afterward, he said the city was on track to set a new record low in murders and crime even though the city has cut the number of New York Police Department officers on the payroll by more than 5,000 since 2002.

“Just think about that. The job is not to spend as much as you can. The job is to provide the service you need and then do it as efficiently as you can,” Bloomberg said.

Still, spokesman Marc LaVorgna said a few hours later, the administration does “not anticipate layoffs of uniformed officers will be necessary.”

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association police union declined to comment.

The mayor’s proposed budget already calls for the closing of 20 fire companies. He has asked city agencies to suggest additional cuts of 2 and 4 percent but still hasn’t detailed which ones will make it into the budget.

Bloomberg’s plan also includes the removal of more than 6,000 public school teachers from the city payroll, but he said Friday that number is still on the table.

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  1. It looks
    Like I am hired Inspector Burnett on the clock.

  2. Greg says:

    I AM SICK AND TIRED OF BLOOMBERG. HE IS A BILLIONARE WHO COULD CARE LESS ABOUT THE AVERAGE NEW YORKER AND HIS/HER PROBLEMS.

    1. Auburn Dale says:

      NYPD cops are not “average New Yorkers” because they all live in the SUBURBS. They can’t truly serve and protect us when they aren’t even willing to live among us.

  3. boninronin says:

    this guy has billions of dollars. If he loved and cared for this city then he would spend his own god damn money and pay for cops, teachers, etc. He works for a dollar yet he probably doesnt spend half of that towards the good of NY. Get this guy out of here

  4. Herbie Original Situation Raskin says:

    Same old scare tactics by Bloomberg last week he was threatening his constituancy to fire their children’s teachers and this week he is threatening to remove his contituant’s security and feeling of safety!

    Wake-up people – this is what these political prostitutes do! Not just in New York but, everywhere throughout the U. S.!!!!!!!

    These people are heartless and discusting pigs!!!

  5. bill says:

    There are way too many cops as it is.

  6. Byebyeny says:

    Bloom-turd is an idiot. Reminds me of chicken little, always crying that the sky is falling . Jerk.

  7. Fred says:

    Get rid of the bike lanes and implement mandatory licensing for cyclists.

  8. Richard says:

    Bloomberg is a jerk every year its the same story budget budget budget everyone has to suffer I dont see Bloomberg and his rich friends suffering do you. Now Con Edison wants a 4% raise in April and a 12% raise in May when does it all end.

  9. Phil Mahole says:

    Let people smoke, collect the tax money from it, and pay the damn cops. You can have cigar bars and hooka lounges, but god forbid someone should smoke a cigarette. Stupid jerk!

  10. Lucius Junius Brutus says:

    How? He is already re-staffing abandoned train stations with police officers who cost more than the TA workers he is firing. Even as the MTA is wasting tax money re-decorating the insides of perfectly adequate stations, it fires the workers who run them. Where is the TWU? The PBA?.
    How can Bloomberg have more police in subways stations AND fire more police? Is he going to replace them with blow up dolls or mannequins?
    BLOOMBERG HAS SO MUCH MONEY HE SHOULD BE MADE TO PAY NYC JUST TO BE MAYOR. HE SOUGHT NOT TO RECEIVE A PENNY FOR HIS WORK OF MASS DESRUCTION.

    1. ilvedanny05 says:

      The MTA is a private organization that receives funding from the state not the city, therefore it has nothing to do with the city budget.

  11. MAMA MIA says:

    NEW YORK CITY IS CIRCLING THE DRAIN

  12. auxiliary says:

    no problem. leave it to the auxiliary police who do the same thing with love and nothing in return!

    1. mike says:

      they don’t do anywhere near the amount of work that the full time cops do. that’s the reality, sorry.

  13. J says:

    New Yorkers should start toting guns, because NYPD can’t be everywhere. Its 2nd Amendment time folks.

    1. nathan says:

      sounds like a plan. just don’t look at me funny or step on my foot accidentally on the train or ill have to shoot you.

  14. Michael says:

    what the title really should read…… “Bloomberg: Budget cuts Mean NYPD Must Write More Tickets”.

  15. Rick says:

    Didn’t we just read an article which indicated that we are spending $75 million on marijuana arrests? I know how to save at least that much!

    1. BigEz says:

      That would increase the problem in the long term.

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