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‘Angry’ New York City Workers ‘Rally Against Doomsday Plan’ For 22,000 Layoffs Amid Coronavirus Budget Disaster

Published Friday, September 4, 2020
by Morgan Chittum & Dave Goldiner/The New York Daily News
‘Angry’ New York City Workers ‘Rally Against Doomsday Plan’ For 22,000 Layoffs Amid Coronavirus Budget Disaster

(NEW YORK CITY) - Scores of angry Municipal Workers and elected officials rallied Thursday (September 3rd) to denounce doomsday plans to lay off up to 22,000 city Employees amid a multi-billion-dollar budget deficit caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Urban Park Ranger Charlie Walden said he was already laid off in June and fears the worst is yet to come: “We ‘feel expendable.’  ‘I feel used.’  ‘We laid our lives on the line for this city.’”

Guy Gladden, a Supervisor with the City Correction Department, said it’s “disheartening” to hear the layoff threats.  “We’ve ‘been on the front lines in the trenches since day one - where we work.’  ‘It’s very dangerous,’” he said.

Mayor de Blasio has warned he may need to lay off thousands of Municipal Workers to help bridge the yawning fiscal crisis caused by the pandemic.

He admits that all options are on the table on an urgent “day-by-day basis” if the city does not get a massive aid package from New York State or the Federal Government.

Republican President Donald Trump has balked at helping cities and states hit hard by COVID-19, especially those run by his Democratic critics like de Blasio, while Governor Andrew Cuomo has said Albany simply doesn’t have the money to help the city, and does not want to grant City Hall permission to borrow to bridge the budget gap.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams told the crowd of 100 in Foley Square that he would not turn his back on Paramedics, Firefighters and Police Officers who are the heroes of the struggle against the pandemic.

“There’s a ‘better way to do it than balance the budget on the backs of the people who made it possible for us to get through COVID-19,’” said Adams, a potential 2021 candidate for mayor.

City Controller Scott Stringer denounced de Blasio saying: “His ‘math (is 100%) wrong.’”

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