Dr. Charles Hirsch, the chief medical examiner, told a City Council committee that proposed budget cuts will greatly impact his office's ability to handle its work—and to release bodies to Jewish and Muslim families quickly. He said, "Respecting the religious beliefs of the dead, and the families who interact with us on a daily basis, is very important. This budget reduction will greatly impact (our) ability to meet the needs of people of the Jewish and Islamic faiths in particular, religions which require the expeditious burial of remains." The Post says the city is cutting $7 million the ME's office budget, while the state is "threatening to withhold $18.4 million in reimbursements to the city office."