NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Liberal New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a conservative budget this past weekend amid worries about possible cuts in state and federal aid – and some critics have said the budget shortchanges some major needs.
CBS2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported that rather than using the word “conservative” when he described his policies Sunday, he used another word beginning with C as he unveiled his preliminary budget.
“We’re proceeding with caution,” de Blasio said Sunday evening.
He is worried about federal aid, as the Republican-controlled Congress might not be as generous with New York City as it once was. He is also worried about state aid, which could include some belt-tightening.
“Downturns can happen,” de Blasio said.
As 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported, the mayor’s budget also includes more than half a billion in funds to continue the expansion of pre-kindergarten and after-school programs.
The budget also includes some programs to deal with homelessness. But overall, the spending plan is relatively modest.