NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Federal budget cuts have forced the U.S. Navy to cancel Fleet Week in New York City.
In a statement, Director of Public Affairs Beth Baker said, “There will be no Navy ships in New York this year for Fleet Week and no additional sailors or Marines.”
The Navy had to make hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts and one way it decided to save money was to cancel community outreach efforts like Fleet Week.
Baker told 1010 WINS it is very expensive for the Navy to visit the city annually, but some of the local personnel will still be able to hold outreach and community events.
“We greatly appreciate the city’s patience and understanding during these unusual times,” Baker said.
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“This is something paid for by the federal government and they’ve got to make decisions in terms of deploying their resources, I assume, to protect the country or deploying their resources to advertise that these are great careers, join the military services,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters, including WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb on Wednesday afternoon.
The mayor added while it would be nice to continue the tradition of Fleet Week this year, he is not going to second-guess the Defense Department’s decision.
“I don’t think that we should get in the way of making the decision for them, of what’s needed to keep you and I safe,” Bloomberg told CBS 2’s Lou Young.