Nearly 900 NYPD Jobs Saved From City Budget Ax Amid Terror Scare, Murder Spike
By Michael Ventura
DNAinfo Senior Editor
MANHATTAN — Nearly 900 police jobs slated to be cut from the city budget by Mayor Michael Bloomberg have been saved, various news outlets reported.
The rescue of the 892 jobs comes in the wake of the Times Square bomb plot and a recent rise in the city's murder rate.
Bloomberg's 2011 budget, expected to be unveiled Thursday afternoon, "won't include a reduction in the number of police officers out on our streets keeping New York City safe," mayoral spokesman Stu Loeser told the New York Post.
"It's an absolute necessity to have more NYPD officers on the street in light of recent high-profile events," City Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. told the Daily News.
Bloomberg aides told the News that the city's tax revenue came in higher than projected this year, allowing City Hall to restore $55 million to the NYPD's budget.
Meanwhile, the city’s teachers will bear the brunt of the cuts, as about 6,700 teaching jobs are set to be eliminated in the proposal, reports indicated.
An additional 5,000 city workers will also be laid off, the New York Times reported.
The cuts also include closing as many as 75 senior centers, as well as day care programs and other children’s services, the Times reported.
No information regarding the mayor’s original proposal to close 20 fire companies was available, the paper added.
The proposed budget totals about $64 billion as Bloomberg attempts to close a projected $5 million gap while anticipating massive financial cuts from the state, the Times stated.