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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:26 pm    Post subject: City Budget Update
From Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:00 am to Sun Jul 04, 2010 2:59 am (included)
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Dear Friend:

I would like to take this opportunity to update you on the status of the city budget process.

As you may have read, last Thursday, June 24 at around 10:30 p.m., the traditional “handshake” between Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn took place, representing the fact that we came to an agreement on the city budget.

On Tuesday, June 29, the City Council officially approved the budget of approximately $63.1 billion, which goes into effect today, the start of Fiscal Year 2011.

I would like to take this opportunity to note some particularly good news. The City Council, through its restoration of more than $37 million, was able to prevent the potential closure of 20 firehouses city wide, including possibly Engine 161 in South Beach.

We were able to save Engine 161 for the second year in a row because the City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Quinn, made the preservation of fire services a top priority.

As you know, in the 21st century the FDNY does a lot more than just fight fires. From emergency medical runs, to anti-terrorism activities, to various safety inspections, the FDNY protects the health, safety, and well being of all New Yorkers on a daily basis. We simply cannot risk closing fire companies.

Unfortunately, some in the Administration believe the FDNY is too big and should be made smaller through the closure of fire companies.

I fundamentally disagree with that notion and will continue to fight the preserve public safety services.

I would like to take a moment to compare the city’s budget process with the circus that continues to take place in Albany. As you know, by law the city is required to pass a balanced budget by the end of June, which is exactly what we did. The state is supposed to pass a state budget by April 1. As you know, it is now July 1 – 91 days after their deadline – and they have still not passed a state budget.

While I continue to believe that we as a city spend too much on non-essential services, I am proud that once again the Council passed a responsible and on-time budget.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the city budget matter or any other area of concern, feel free to email me directly at joddo@council.nyc.gov or my Chief-of-Staff, Steven Matteo, smatteo@council.nyc.gov.

All the best,


Jim Oddo

Below are several recent news stories about the city budget agreement:

http://www.silive.com/southshore/index.ssf/2010/06/staten_islands_city_council_me.html

http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/06/mayor_council_shake_hands_on_b.html

http://www.gothamgazette.com/article/searchlight/20100630/203/3303

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/25/nyregion/25budget.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/30/opinion/30wed4.html?_r=1
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