FDNY companies spared in NYC budget cuts

January 6, 2011 3:31:33 AM PST
New York's City Council has persuaded the mayor not to close 20 fire companies at night as part of budget cuts.

Both sides confirmed the funding restorations late Wednesday.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg had announced the $15 million fire department savings move in November as part of nearly $600 million in planned budget-tighteners throughout multiple city agencies.

Most of the other cuts will remain.

Lawmakers fought to restore the fire department cut as well as another $20 million in various agency reductions, including at the child welfare agency.

Bloomberg did not need council approval for the mid-fiscal-year update. He and the council found other savings to replace the restored funding.

The restorations were first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

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