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Bloomberg Says Tentative Budget Deal Shortchanges City

Monday, March 28, 2011

The state budget deal struck between Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers over the weekend will likely restore some education money to New York City, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it's not enough.

"Some of them, the cuts, were restored, we're told, in education," Bloomberg said Monday. "But the final budget stills cuts New York City education aid more than ever before."

Bloomberg did not rule out the possibility of increasing the number of teacher job reductions, already planned to total more than 6,000.

The mayor said the damage would not be as great if lawmakers move quickly to change the so-called last in, first out law - known also as LIFO - that forces teachers with less seniority to be laid off first.

"What is clear is when the state cuts their budget, and the federal government cuts their budget of sending money back to the city, we can't make all of it up," Bloomberg said. "There is this theory that some people in Albany say, 'Oh, you have the money to make it up.' We don't."

Bloomberg had demanded $600 million in restored funding and rule changes from the state during budget negotiations. The state education chairs, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan and Sen. John Flanagan, said Monday most of the $272 million in restored statewide education money will go to New York City and other high needs schools.

With the Associated Press

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