New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that to help fight the city’s multibillion-dollar budget crisis, his entire office – including the mayor himself – will be laid off for a week starting in October.
De Blasio, his wife Chirlane McCray and nearly 500 other people will take an unpaid license between October and March 2021, which is expected to save $ 860,000, according to the New York Times.
“We have to make tough choices to move this city forward and keep our budget balanced,” de Blasio told reporters. The city faced a budget deficit of about $ 9 billion, officials said.
He added that “the current fiscal year budget is $ 7 billion less”
“I couldn’t have imagined any action in Washington, D.C., up to this point,” De Blasio said. “I thought it was going to be an article of faith that there was going to be a federal stimulus, but there wasn’t, and I don’t see any indication that there will be for the rest of this year.”
The mayor later mentioned, answering reporters’ questions, that the city is “trying every possible way to make the moves we can make by continuing the conversations with long-term loans.”
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