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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to Furlough Himself, 494 City Employees

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to Furlough Himself, 494 City Employees

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he will furlough himself and his entire staff on Wednesday, in the midst of a $9 billion loss in revenue.

Last month, Mayor Bill de Blasio warned the NYC that he may be forced to lay off as many as 22,000 local government employees in October due to billions in sales tax and other sources of city revenue lost during the global coronavirus pandemic.

Mayor de Blasio will furlough himself and 494 staffers for one week — saving the city an estimated $860,000 in the process.

Even so, de Blasio has no immediate plans to cut his $250,000 salary or make any other dramatic moves.

“[There are] no plans for pay cuts for any New York City employees right now, whether it’s City Hall or any place else, but we never know what the future brings,” he said.

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