2003-04-19 / Community

Sanders Slams Bloomie's Budget

Sanders Slams

Sanders Slams
Bloomie's Budget

Citing "unacceptable" cuts that will threaten public safety, seniors, and schools City Council Member James Sanders, Jr. has vowed to vote against Mayor Bloomberg's contingency budget.

"I have heard many refer to it as a "doomsday" budget... I second that appellation," Sanders said.

"The Mayor's contingency budget is just that: a budget created in the event that anticipated funds don't materialize. These are funds controlled by the Governor in Albany and the President in Washington," he said. The Mayor's requests for funding from the state and federal governments, Sanders said, are "very reasonable."

A reduction in the New York City Police force, Sanders said, would thwart the progress made in crime reduction.

Though no senior centers in his district would be affected, Sanders said he will not support the proposed closure of 15 in other areas. He also said he knows how important the centers are to seniors, and that it's not worth jeopardizing them to save just $2 million.

Sanders also spoke about after-school programs, which could be eliminated to save $70 million. "The long-term costs of this cut are immeasurable," he said.

The councilman stated he would hold his opposition against the contingency budget, unless radical changes are made.

"I'll vote no," he said.

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