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 furloughed for a week beginning in October.
De Blasio, wife Chirlane McCray and 493 others will take unpaid furlough at some point 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 has been facing a roughly $9 billion budget deficit, officials said.
He added that the “current fiscal year budget is $7 billion less” than what the city projected in February.
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“I couldn’t have imagined no action by Washington, D.C., up until this point,” de Blasio said. “I thought it would be an article of faith that there would be a federal stimulus, but there hasn’t been, and I see no indication that there will be for the remainder of this year.”
With a mayoral salary of $258,541 per year, de Blasio is expected to miss out on around $4,972 in a week-long furlough.
The mayor mentioned later while taking questions from reporters that the city is “looking for every possible way to make the moves that we can make while continuing the conversations with long-term borrowing.”
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