The Mayor's Budget Blueprints

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio presents the 2015 city budget at City Hall on May 8, 2014 in New York City. (Seth Wenig/Getty)

Mayor de Blasio has announced a $73.9 billion budget plan for New York City. Nicole Gelinas, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, discusses the contents of the proposal - and what's missing.


Nicole Gelinas

Comments [16]


What a nice change of pace for this program. Someone who is actually asking important questions! everyone may have different ideas about the solutions, but clearly we are looking at a long-term fiscal problems not only in New York City, but in the state and the nation. At least one person needs to look at sustainability before the merry-go-round stops.

May. 12 2014 02:11 PM
art525 from Park Slope

Oh come on getTaylor- she works for the Manhattan Institute. We all know their agenda. And she writes for the Post. Gee do you think she's going to have an unbiased opinion uncluttered by a political agenda? it's not unclassy it's realistic. You have to take into account where such stuff comes from. It's not unclassy it's realistic. Oh and yeah, The Post is a classy organization isn't it?

May. 12 2014 12:29 PM
Amy from Manhattan

None of the responsibility goes to the Bloomberg administration? Aren't they the ones who didn't give teachers (& many other city workers) raises for years? That means the part of the budget that includes their pay was artificially inflated for all those years.

May. 12 2014 11:05 AM
Bobby G from East Village

I recall the last chief executive that was handed a surplus when he came into office. Some of us remember what happened to that.

If 2009 was the great recession and the City couldn't afford raises for that year, how come we are giving raises for 2009 now?

May. 12 2014 10:50 AM
Joe Brooklyn now in Raleigh from 27539

from your guest I hear the new conservative line asking us to focus on the "15%" instead of the 1% , "divide and conquer! " .. An agreement with teachers that pays them well for a difficult job that is critical to society without asking them to gamble on survival in retirement is something that all workers should aspire to rather than the race to the bottom conservatives would have us pursue!

May. 12 2014 10:49 AM

The NY Post reporter, suggesting teachers pay for their own healthcare - could it be any more obvious she is an employee of Rupert Murdoch? Another nauseating RW ideologue who lives in a fantasy world, a lapdog for Wall St.

also, "We're too dependent on the 1%."


Truth is we should be taxing the crap out of financial transactions.

And what about all the lost revenue from billionaire Mayor Bloomberg's windfall tax breaks for his real estate buddies who gutted the city into a playground for the rich, now filled with high-rise luxury condo eyesores, right next to empty storefronts.

May. 12 2014 10:49 AM
Guy from NYC

This woman can barely hide her anti-teacher, anti-union, anti-american agenda; code words like "responsibility," "afford" all try to hide her agenda: more money and breaks for the rich, put the focus on the budget deficit not making the ultra wealthy pay their fair share, new restrictions on working people who don't "deserve" to have a good or reasonable deal on health care or retirement.

This is not an unbiased authority in any way, she is a well paid, right wing ideologue who works in a cushy job and probably enjoys great benefits where she is tasked to undermine anyone who has doubts about the right wing punditry.

May. 12 2014 10:48 AM
BK from Hoboken

This guest is a breath of fresh air on this topic. All of the coverage so far on the teacher contract has been back slapping self congratulations from both the mayor and the union. I have not heard one voice that has been not just critical, but even just questioning.
I couldn't believe that the "negotiation" didn't include teachers payin part of their health insurance premium like virtually every other employee in this country, that the rubber room teachers weren't addressed, and on and on. Lastly, both the union and mayor kept saying that Bloomberg refused to negotiate - negotiation is a two way street so the union certainly had a strategy to wait him out, knowing that DeBlasio would give away the store.

May. 12 2014 10:48 AM
mick from NYC

Your guest is factually wrong. Retired teachers do not receive "free healthcare". We pay the same monthly fee for our Medicare B as anyone else. The UFT provides a partial reimbursement of medicare fees from union funds. Our Medicare D plan costs the same per person as the equivalent plan that we could get through AARP.

May. 12 2014 10:47 AM
paulb from Brooklyn

There will be no savings, no matter the ledgers will be finessed to show one. When someone calls this out, it will become a technical battle of dueling accountants and political factions, and that will be the end of it. But that there's a $1+ billion saving, that's a lie.

May. 12 2014 10:47 AM

The trend (now established with the adoption of ACA) is for all employer established healthcare programs to go away. (90% gone by 2020)

I sure hope that ACA 2.0 (a public option) has been implemented before then.

Ms. Gelinas Right-leaning point of view is out of step and will never be mainstream.

May. 12 2014 10:45 AM

@art525 from Park Slope:

Classy, art525. Attack the person, not the idea.

May. 12 2014 10:42 AM
art525 from Park Slope

Let's keep in mind that The Manhattan Institute is a right wing organization and take what she says with a grain of salt.

May. 12 2014 10:38 AM

If you like your retroactive pay raises, you can keep them, if you stay in the employment of the NYC Brd of Ed as a teacher, unless you decide to retire, then you can keep it all.
What else does the "fine print" reveal?

May. 12 2014 10:38 AM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

I want to thank Nicole Gelinas for being one of the effective critics of the NYPL Central Library Plan just covered moments ago in the last very segment on this show.

The issues are related. Ms. Gelinas criticized the NYPL plan as being an arrogantly imprudent money pit, the equivalent Boston's Big Dig.

Also, libraries, economically important, under normal circumstances, cost comparatively little to fund.

May. 12 2014 10:37 AM
Nick from UWS

This guest speaks so well. Clear, direct, articulate, adult. What a pleasure.

May. 12 2014 10:35 AM

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