New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he will furlough himself and his entire staff on Wednesday, in the midst of a $9 billion loss in revenue.
Last month, Mayor Bill de Blasio warned the NYC that he may be forced to lay off as many as 22,000 local government employees in October due to billions in sales tax and other sources of city revenue lost during the global coronavirus pandemic. Fortunately, that plan was put on hold.
But the proverbial checkbook is still in the red, and last week, the embattled leader announced a new measure to try and slow the hemorrhaging funds. Mayor de Blasio will furlough himself and 494 staffers for one week — saving the city an estimated $860,000 in the process.
De Blasio blamed the federal government for a lack of aid that he believes might have otherwise prevented “tough cuts” to the city’s