New Budget Cuts for NYC Agencies

The cuts will affect all city agencies, including the FDNY, NYPD and Department of Education

Friday, Sep 14, 2012  |  Updated 3:42 PM EDT
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New Budget Cuts for NYC Agencies

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City agencies must cut spending over the next two years to meet a projected $2.5 million budget gap, officials said Friday.

A spokesman for Mayor Bloomberg emailed reporters a memo sent to agency heads from Budget Director Mark Page Friday afternoon. Page's letter calls for cuts to the NYPD, FDNY and Department of Education, as well as other civilian agencies.

"The gaps we are facing must be addressed," Page said in the memo, emailed Friday to agency heads. "We will once again need to curtail planned spending, and do so in a way that prioritizes and preserves necessary city services and quality of life."

The city is calling for 2.7 percent cuts for fire and police for the current fiscal year, and 4 percent for next year; and 1.6 percent from schools for the current year, and 4 percent for next year. Other agencies face cuts of 5.4 percent for the current fiscal year, and 8 percent for next year, according to the memo.

If implemented, this would be the 12th round of budget cuts since early 2007, the mayor's office said. The first 11 rounds cut around $6 billion.

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