City comptroller: There are other options before furloughing essential workers

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NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio has not ruled out the possibility of furloughing essential workers as New York City searches for ways to save money if federal help does not arrive.

Are layoffs and furloughs the only option to help NYC with its lack of money?

City Comptroller Scott Stringer thinks there are other options before cutting people who are at the front lines of the pandemic.

“You don’t start with the people who are saving our city,” he told PIX11 Morning News.

Stringer suggested the mayor look into a 4% cut in city agencies and having a strategic budget plan “is the way to go.”

“At the end of the day you don’t want to cut the people who are actually servicing our city,” Stringer said.

The city comptroller also agreed with the mayor with the fact that NYC needs federal help and increasing taxes on New Yorkers is an option if we don’t get the help needed.

The COVID-19 pandemic has blown a $8.7 billion budget hole in the city’s $89.3 billion financial plan, and the mayor has called for a federal stimulus.

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