Since Senate Dems passed a budget resolution replete with slashes yesterday, NYC officials are already preparing for the carnage. The exact sum of the cuts hasn't been named yet, but in January Budget Director Mark Page said the city could lose $1.3 billion in a "worst-case" scenario. In light of that estimate, Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler warns that it is unlikely "head-count reductions wouldn't be part of the answer."

At the beginning of the year Bloomberg said that as many as 19,000 city workers could join the ranks of the unemployed, including 3,150 NYPD officers, 1,000 firefighters, 8,500 teachers, 900 street cleaners, 500 parks employees, 500 transportation workers and 400 librarians. "Being a city worker I feel terrible about it. I think the cuts could come elsewhere," one Department of Design and Construction employee told WCBSTV. Commissioners have two weeks to come up with thrifty new plans for their agencies (the final budget is expected to miss its April 1 deadline); already they've had to make cuts eight times in the last two years, reports the Post.

The mayor has already been playing the blame game with Albany, releasing a statement Monday that accused the budget resolution of failing "to take common-sense measures to generate revenue that could offset a devastating school aid cut and prevent 8,500 teacher layoffs in New York City." One budget insider said others will follow suit. "They're going to blame the state for everything—and they might be right."