Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg announced about $1.6 billion in job and budget cuts, which include over 5,000 teaching positions being eliminated, 20 firehouse companies closing at night, and library service being cut by a day, as the city faces huge budget deficits. The cuts don't need City Council approval, but Council Speaker Christine Quinn said, "As we have done before the Council is prepared to act in a fiscally responsible manner. However, we must ensure these cuts do not fall disproportionately on the most vulnerable New Yorkers."
The Wall Street Journal breaks down the cuts in this handy graphic (above), and below are the city's explanation of cuts by agency:
Police Department: Eliminate 350 civilian positions Reduce funding for maintenance of police vehicles by extending the fleet lifecycle. Fire Department: Redeploy staffing at 20 fire companies overnight.
Department of Correction:
Eliminate 51 correction officer positions.
Department of Sanitation:
Eliminate 200 supervisor posts and redeploy to frontline sanitation worker positions.
Administration for Children’s Services:
Reduce homemaking services.
Eliminate 80 vacant Child Protective Supervisor and other managerial positions.
Reduce administrative and support staff through 118 layoffs.
Increase Child Care Copayments.
Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services:
Eliminate 96 currently vacant positions.
Department of Homeless Services:
Eliminate 15 percent of security guards in directly-operated family shelters.
Department of Youth and Community Development:
Reduce Summer Youth Employment slots by 2,140.
Reduce Out of School Time holiday programs by five days or nearly 30 percent.
Reduce funding to 66 Beacon schools by 10 percent.
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene:
Eliminate City funding for Mental Retardation and Developmental Disability clinical programs.
Eliminate supplemental funding for two school-based health centers.
Reduce subsidies by $20 million, reducing the average days of service per week by approximately one day per week citywide.
Department of Cultural Affairs:
Reduce subsidies by $8.8 million resulting in approximately 190 layoffs at cultural institutions.
Department of Aging:
Eliminate 14 staff positions.
Reduce funding for case management and restructure services.
Department of Probation:
Lay off 57 employees.
Department of Housing Preservation and Development:
Lay off 14 housing supervision employees.
Department of Finance:
Lay off 129 employees to consolidate and modernize organizational units and create efficiencies.
Department of Transportation:
Lay off 35 managerial, administrative, clerical and planning employees.
Lay off for one week 641 Street Maintenance and Arterial Resurfacing employees, resulting in 9,000 fewer potholes being filled.
Department of Parks and Recreation:
Reduce the work year from 12 months to 9 months for 1,468 full-time positions to conform with the lighter workload in winter months.
Eliminate 15 percent of seasonal staff positions.
Department of Education:
Reduce funding by $350 million.
Civilian Complaint Review Board:
Eliminate 3 investigative staff positions.
Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications:
Eliminate 59 call taker positions at 311 through attrition.