Mayor Bloomberg Calls On City Agencies To Make Big Spending Cuts

NEW YORK (CBS New York) — It’s déjà vu all over again.

Just three months into the new fiscal year, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is ordering a hiring freeze and asking all agency heads to figure out how they can cut spending by $500 million this year and 1.5 billion next year because of the looming budget gap.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks Hears From Councilman Lewis Fidler

The mayor wants those proposals by October 18th — just two weeks from Tuesday. Councilman Lewis Fidler is concerned.

“You know, we’re not going to be able to cut and slash and create jobs that way in the city. We can’t tax our way out of this either. Mike Bloomberg asked for a third term because of his acknowledged business acumen, we need to see it now. We need to see some of that creativity,” Fidler said, adding “we’ve already cut to the bone.”

The hiring freeze, however, will not apply to public health and safety positions.

Fidler said there has to be an alternative solution.

“I’m sure there’s some waste and there’s some re-prioritization we can do, but I think we’ve reached a point where we are going to be cutting into essential services and the safety net,” he said.

“Quite frankly, we need to put our heads together and do something different. Just cutting spending or just raising taxes are not going to be a sufficient answer,” said Fidler.

What do you think of the Mayor’s hiring freeze order?  Share your thoughts in the comments section…

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  1. Corrupted City says:

    There has never been a hiring freeze at City Hall. Think about that. Almost on a daily basis people are hired for over 150k.

  2. KIKI says:

    money for tourist attractions?? YES YES YES!!!

    money for basic services??? NO NO NO!!!

    pedestrian plazas to be re-done @ $28 million.

    schools and nypd go to he((.

  3. Mama Mia says:

    what part of this equation doesn’t blooming get?

    crime is up up up.

    jobs are non existant.

    if you have one, God Bless, you’re holding on to it with both hands.

    this is once great city is at the mery of corrupt elitists who have nothing in common with the common man
    we might as well be white mice.

    I only voted for him, right after rudy left. After that, never again.

  4. hank says:

    Let us eat cake, right?

    well we all know how that turned out.

    stock up and lock your doors.

  5. missy says:

    both of my comments have not posted.

    bogus censorship.

    Why are pedestrian plazas being redone at the tune of $27 million but no money for basic essential services that we have been taxed for?

    nyc government is running amok and mocking the people.

  6. VAL says:

    HOW CAN YOU RATIONALIZE APPROVING OVER 27 MILLION DOLLARS TO RE DO PESDESTRIAN PLAZAS AND THEN ASK EVERYONE TO TIGHHTEN THEIR BELT FOR ESSENTIAL SERVICES THAT OUR PIAD TAXES ENTITLE US TO?

    WHERE IS BILL DIBLASIO?

  7. Maggie Mae says:

    Just last week bloomberg ok’d $27 plus- million dollars to re-do the pedestrian walkways in time sqare.

    What’s wrong with this picture?
    he’a angry at the teacher’s union for trying to stand up to him, he wants to cut nypd as well. have seen the crime of late?
    He is in his ivory tower and could care less about the people who he is stepping on and using to pay for basic essentials in this once great city.
    I did not vote for him.

  8. Frank B. says:

    The Bike Lanes aren’t the damn problem. (In fact, while in certain neighborhoods they’re useless, in my neighborhood, I actually see people using them)

    No, the problem lies that despite being the greatest, and clearly one of the wealthiest cities in the world, the millionaire’s tax was not reinstated.

    The money from the rich should pay for these things! We shouldn’t balance the budget on the backs of the working poor and middle class through spending cuts.

    The rich used to pay a top tax rate of 90 percent! And they were fine with it! What did they care? They were already millionaires!

    Meanwhile, you’ve got the middle class family swimming in debt trying to pay for college, while the poor can’t even feed their kids! And what happens when people get desperate?

    CRIME. If you don’t raise taxes on the rich, crime will go up!

    1. M says:

      Very well said, Frank B.

  9. NYC IS A CESSPOOL says:

    THIS IS THE FINANCIAL GENIUS YOU VOTED IN FOR A 3RD TERM??????CUTS AND LAYOFFS!!!!!!!!!! THIS POS IS DONG WHAT ANY OTHER AHOLE MAYOR WOULD DO…ONCE AGAIN NYERS ARE FOOLED

    1. Marty says:

      we are not fooled. we can see what he is.

      at this point in time, there is no recourse.

      what would you have us do, riot in the streets?

      That may indeed happen.

      it must be good to be the king.

  10. FU2 says:

    HOW MANY MILLIONS HAVE BEEN STOLEN FROM THE CITY BECAUSE OF CITY CONTRACTORS? MTA STAFF WITH BODY GUARDS AND LIMOS? BIKE PATH OF “KHAN” COST HOW MUCH? HOW MUCH TO GET RID OF SOME? THIS CITY IS ABOUT PROTECTING THE RICH. REAL ESTATE IS STILL SELLING IN THIS CITY. THEY ARE STILL BUILDING BUILDINGS. STOP BLAMING THE POOR AND BLME THE BANKERS AND BLOOMBERGS FRIENDS WHO ARE NOT AFFECTED .

    1. rocky says:

      Don’t forget about the CITY TIME scandal

  11. SNAPPERHEAD says:

    PEOPLE IN THIS CITY ARE GOING HUNGRY BUT AT LEAST WE NOW HAVE USELESS BIKE LANES ALL OVER THE CITY CAUSING MAJOR TRAFFIC CONGESTION !!

  12. Meme Meyagi says:

    i suggest doing something about illegals. they are flooding into new york from arizona and alabama. also shipping out 7 million mooslime terrorists will help a lot.

    1. Jim says:

      NY is a so-named ‘sanctuary state’ and will do absolutely nothing to rid the citizenry of these blo od- su cking characters.

      1. max says:

        right you are Jim.

        it boggles the mind how a non-citizen is given the right to vote.

        because of this, politicians pander to them.

        why are they being coddled this way at the expense of us citizens?

        what part of the word illegal is not understood?

  13. kd says:

    correction: Too many assistant commissioners with $100,000 plus salaries… you do the math. All Bloomies friends.

    1. Jim says:

      I agree. ‘Charity’ begins in the House of Bloomberg,a man of monumental corruption and giver of freebies among friends.

  14. kd says:

    Too ,any assistant commissioners with $100,000 plus salaries… you do the math. All Bloomies friends.

  15. kd says:

    Stop hiring more assistant commissioners….

  16. sammy says:

    my comments nabbed

  17. goblin says:

    Cut the benefits cards and public housing.

    1. dutybound says:

      There is nothing wrong with ‘benefits cards’ and public housing since it has been worked into the system for the legitimate poor and those who have suddenly found themselves upon hard times in this tanked economy. They include the following: military vets and their families, medical personnel, blue collar workers, white collar workers, executives, teachers, etc. One of these people at one time did something for YOU, no questions asked. If you have (ever) worked, you agreed to give a portion of your taxes to the poor. Guess you lied.

  18. Think says:

    Yeah start by stopping the idiotic restructuring of NYC streets that don’t need to be restructure especially the bikes lane that nobody uses causing congestion which is a waste of money that can be use somewhere else.

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