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Mayor Bill de Blasio’s budget director appeared in front of the City Council today–but instead of the usual heated grilling, was met with apologetic and thankful council members who celebrated the mayor’s agenda.
They even offered him muffins.
In The Money
Mayor Bill de Blasio today unveiled his $73.7 billion preliminary budget plan for the next fiscal year–squirreling away more than $1 billion in surplus money left by the previous administration as he prepares to enter negotiations with the city’s 150-plus municipal labor unions, which are all working under expired contracts and itching for pay hikes and retroactive raises.
Winter Is Coming
Mayor Bill de Blasio today nearly doubled the budget for his former office and gave huge boosts to borough presidents across the five boroughs.
The public advocate’s office, currently occupied by Tish James, will receive an extra $700,000 in the fiscal year starting July 1, administration officials revealed today. That will bring her office’s budget up from a meager $1.6 million budget up to to $2.3 million.
dollar dollar bill y'all
Snow removal costs keep piling up.
In his preliminary budget address this afternoon, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city is adding $35 million to the Sanitation Department’s budget to account for snow removal.
Mo' Money Mo' Problems
Mayor Bill de Blasio has stowed away at least $1 billion in surplus money that could be used to settle the city’s more than 150 open labor contracts, according to city council members leaving the mayor’s preliminary budget briefing.
Pre-K this Way
Mayor Bill de Blasio will lay out his first preliminary budget proposal this afternoon, outlining his spending priorities and the fiscal challenges he’ll be facing over the next four years.
But the big question will be how Mr. de Blasio sets the stage for negotiations with the city’s more that 150 municipal labor unions, which have been operating for years under expired contracts–leaving tens of thousands of municipal workers itching not just for future pay hikes, but retroactive raises.
De Blasio vs. Cuomo
Gov. Andrew Cuomo drew the next line in the sand over funding universal prekindergarten in his 2014 budget address today, side-stepping Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature tax-the-rich plan.
Mr. de Blasio, of course, made the expansion of universal pre-K his signature campaign issue, which was tied to a tax on the city’s highest-income earners. But such a tax requires approval from Albany and Mr. Cuomo made it clear today he is not on board by proposing an alternate funding mechanism.
Shaking the Magic 8-Ball
Mayor Bill de Blasio today doubled down on his signature plan to tax the rich to fund universal pre-K, even as Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to roll out an alternative funding stream in his annual budget address this afternoon.
Taking questions after a press conference announcing two new appointments, Mr. de Blasio said he would continue to push for his tax increase, even if the governor provides all the money the mayor says he needs through an alternate funding stream.
Gifts to One's Successor
New York Senator Chuck Schumer is confident the Senate will pass the bipartisan budget deal that sailed through the House last week 332-94.
“I think it’s a pretty safe bet it’s going to pass,” the veteran lawmaker said this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “After what happened in the House, where so many Republicans voted for it, I think Mitch McConnell and the Republican leadership knows they can’t let it go down.”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg today announced that his successor, Bill de Blasio, will become the first new mayor in modern history to inherit a balanced budget–but Mr. de Blasio’s team says he remains “concerned” nonetheless.
“For the first time in modern memory and perhaps for the first time in New York City history, the budget for the incoming fiscal year has been balanced for an incoming mayor well before he or she steps into office,” said Mr. Bloomberg, reporting the new numbers at a press conference at City Hall.