At State Budget Meeting, Mayor Warns of 10,000 Layoffs

By Andrew Siff
|  Friday, Jun 4, 2010  |  Updated 9:18 AM EDT
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At State Budget Meeting, Mayor Warns of 10,000 Layoffs

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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About 10,000 city workers could lose their jobs at the end of the month because Federal money for Medicaid and other services isn't headed for New York, elected officials said today. 

Thursday at a meeting with state leaders to try to hammer out problems holding up the budget, Mayor Bloomberg said without the $600 million, layoffs will be necessary.

And state workers are on the chopping block too. The same type of Federal funding is a billion dollars less than Albany leaders hoped.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said the money, which is known by the technical name "F-Map," is "the vehicle by which New York gets the extra money."

Silver said firehouses, medicaid, teachers and other service are at stake.

For city officials, there's a deadline of June 28 to restore the cash. If not, the Mayor and Council speaker says the layoffs could begin almost immediately.

"The money we believed we were gonna get," said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, "is in the executive budget. That means the potential of $600 million in additional cuts."

The governor and mayor, along with city, state and congressional leaders, met at Gracie Mansion for about an hour to discuss what to do.

Congressman Eliot Engel of the Bronx said, "we are all resolved to meet with Speaker Pelosi when we get back to Washington next week, to try to explain how important this is to us."

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