De Blasio said he is confident the city could manage a strike effectively.
“In the event there is a strike, the contingency plans are very, very strong,” de Blasio told reporters, including WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb. “We benefit from the fact it’s July, and I think the amount of travel is reduced in July. We benefit from the fact that a lot of people now, because of technology, can work from home. And I imagine if that event comes to pass, a lot of people will work from home who live in Long Island.”
The mayor said there’s also a chance that once the deadline arrives, there could be a mutual extension.
“Everything has to be a case by case decision,” de Blasio said. “At this moment, I am hopeful that there will not be a strike, and I believe very strongly in the contingency plans in place, but we’ll monitor the situation closely.”