De Blasio Budget Director Gets Praise, Muffins at First Council Hearing

Finance Chair Julissa Ferrera and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito speak at budget hearing
Finance Chair Julissa Ferrera and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito speak at budget hearing

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. Continue reading “De Blasio Budget Director Gets Praise, Muffins at First Council Hearing”

De Blasio Adds $35 Million to Snow Removal Budget

Mayor Bill de Blasio shovels snow
Bill de Blasio shoveling in front of his house. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

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. Continue reading “De Blasio Adds $35 Million to Snow Removal Budget”

De Blasio Puts More Than $1 Billion on Reserve Ahead of Labor Contract Negotiations

Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)
Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)

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. Continue reading “De Blasio Puts More Than $1 Billion on Reserve Ahead of Labor Contract Negotiations”

Bill de Blasio’s First Budget Full of Uncertainty

Bill de Blasio announcing two new appointments today.
Bill de Blasio announcing two new appointments today.

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. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio’s First Budget Full of Uncertainty”