NYC mayor: No police layoffs in next budget

The News Leader

April 9, 2010 7:51:57 AM PDT
Mayor Michael Bloomberg guarantees New York City will not lay off police officers in the next fiscal year. Bloomberg said on his radio show Friday that the only thing he can promise about the next budget is that officers will be spared from layoffs.

The city is waiting for the state to pass a budget to know how much aid it will get. Agency heads have all been asked to shrink their budgets in preparation for big cuts.

The governor's original plan called for cuts of more than $1 billion to New York City.

Bloomberg had initially said thousands of police officers might have to be laid off. Now he says that won't happen.

He said the No. 1 priority is to keep the streets safe.