Bloomberg to announce more city layoffs

May 1, 2009 7:26:25 AM PDT
Friday will not be a good day for nearly 4,000 New York City workers. Mayor Bloomberg will announce plans for more layoffs during a news conference, Eyewitness News has learned.

The job cuts are just one of the bad line-item bits of news expected when the mayor unveils his new budget and tries to close a deficit.

Sources say the Bloomberg plan will result in a total of 3,750 layoffs.

However, no teachers or members of uniformed services will be laid off. All totaled, there will be a loss of 13,500 jobs, mostly through attrition.

"The Mayor will propose a budget that will help New York City recover from the economic crisis by protecting our quality of life," Deputy Mayor for Operation Edward Skyler said. "Agency budgets are being reduced carefully to maintain vital services like public safety, education and health care. However, in order to balance the budget, we still need assistance from our municipal labor unions. City agencies and the City's taxpayers are being asked to do their part and we need labor to do their part."

Bloomberg's preliminary budget proposal in January warned that layoffs and further cuts were coming.

He also proposed a sales tax hike in January, but officials said his new plan will contain a slightly higher increase than the .25 percent initially proposed.

The mayor said Thursday that there are no easy choices to make.

Fiscal year 2010 begins July 1. The City Council and the mayor must agree on the budget by then. Stay with Eyewitness News for continuing updates on this story on Friday.


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