Angry New Yorker

Thursday, April 17, 2003
In a New York City Budget, Less Isn't Always Less

It is normal for city workers facing thousands of pink slips to conjure nightmarish visions of the woe to befall the city.

And yesterday was no different, with firefighters predicting slower responses to emergencies, teachers warning of slipping student performance and police officers fretting about a rise in violent crime. The gloom is blamed on planned reductions in support staff and overtime, not the firing of public safety officers or teachers, which Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg so far has not proposed.

But most outside analysts studying Mr. Bloomberg's plan to trim some 4,500 workers from the city payroll as part of $600 million in savings needed to close a budget gap are not nearly so pessimistic. [more]

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