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Council Members Concerned With New Cuts in Police and Education

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wall Street's slide has prompted the Bloomberg Administration's call for hundreds of millions of dollars in mid-year spending cuts. So far the City Council is most concerned about the impact cuts would have on the Police Department and public schools. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Council member Peter Vallone of Queens says the $95 million cut to the NYPD budget will be felt by residents in terms of reduced police presence.

VALLONE: What they have been doing is they have allowed the force to go from 41,000 to 36,000 and they are now going to let that continue to drop by not having the officers necessary to replace the ones that retire.

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg says he doesn't anticipate layoffs. Council member Robert Jackson, who chairs the Education Committee, says the city should look for other options - like imposing a temporary hotel tax - rather than cut school budgets.

JACKSON: We fought so hard to make sure that money was put back in the classroom and proposed cuts are going to be devastating on our school system.

REPORTER: City managers have until Oct. 8 to get back to the mayor with specifics on their spending cuts. For WNYC I'm Bob Hennelly.

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