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Mayor and His Staff to Take One Week Unpaid Leave to Tackle Budget Crisis

Mayor Bill de Blasio holds at a press briefing at City Hall Wednesday (Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

Sept. 16, 2020 By Michael Dorgan 

Mayor Bill de Blasio and his entire office staff will take one week of unpaid leave in order to help tackle the city’s fiscal crisis amid the coronavirus shutdown.

The mayor said that the mandatory furloughs – which will affect nearly 500 employees – will save the city nearly $1 million.

The city is estimated to lose around $9 billion in tax revenue because of the coronavirus shutdown and the furloughs will apply to everyone in the mayor’s administration including the office of his wife Chirlane McCray. De Blasio said he will work without pay during his time off.

“This is a painful step, but it shows just how committed we are to responsible budgeting and leading the city through these challenging times,” de Blasio said at a press briefing Wednesday.

“It was not a decision I made lightly,” he added. “It is the right thing to do at this moment in history.”

Employees will have to take a week of unpaid leave during a six-month period beginning in October, de Blasio said, as he tries to balance the city’s books.

The mayor has pleaded for a bailout from the federal government to help the city get through the crisis but without success. He has a strained relationship with President Donald Trump.

De Blasio is also trying to get the state to give it the authority to borrow money to cover the shortfall.

The mayor has warned that he may lay off 22,000 municipal employees if the city doesn’t get either federal assistance or the state doesn’t give him emergency authority to borrow $5 billion to pay for operating expenses.

“We need our partners in the state government to give New York City long term borrowing authority,” de Blasio said.

“We have to keep making tough choices to move the city forward, to keep our budget balanced,” he said.

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Chris Pederson

I think it is smart for mayors to ask the federal government to help bail them out. Cities should not suffer because their mayor made a bad decision. Those people don’t deserve that.

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ASensibleMan

I have a better idea. Why don’t the Mayor and his staff quit forever? They are abject and total failures in every way. We could randomly select people off the street and they’d do a better job.

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somedude

hizzoner has a reported net worth of between 1.5-2.5MM depending on source.

he also has rental properties bringing in a combined annual income of 100k+ on top of his 250k+/yr salary (he approved giving himself a raise). windbag could afford to give back the rest of the year, and let his staffers who earn substantially less than he does keep their lives afloat.

this is virtue signaling at its worst. dude is major basura.

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FromLICQueens

This is impactful, resolution focused management, aiming to fully tackle the present, Jupited sized budget crater, and achieve a decisive, effective resolution. Naaahhh! It’s PR BS.

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