Mayor de Blasio will furlough everyone in his office, including himself
NEW YORK - The New York City mayor says he is going to require everyone who works in his office to take a 5-day unpaid furlough because of a budget shortfall.
Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city has lost $9 billion in revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic. The city has slashed the budget by $7 billion but cost savings are still needed.
The furloughs will begin on October 1 and will be spread out until March 2021.
"This is a step you never want to take for hardworking people," de Blasio said at a Wednesday morning news conference.
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The mayor says he will also be part of the furlough. The unpaid time off is expected to save about $1 million.
There are nearly 500 employees in the mayor's office. It had already put a hiring freeze in place and made other cuts to save approximately $12 million.
"We're going to be looking at all options," de Blasio answered when asked if it could be expanded to the entire city workforce.