NYC mayor unveils budget, warns of challenges

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De Blasio also said they he would “end the budget dance,” which he deemed the seemingly routine threats made by the Bloomberg administration to cut services, including firehouses and libraries, only to have funding restored by the city council at a later date. He also pledged to have a better budgetary process with the largely Democratic council, which often had an adversarial relationship with Bloomberg, a Republican-turned-independent.

The speaker of the council, Melissa Mark-Viverito, released a statement saying the budget was a “good start.” Council budget hearings will begin in the next few weeks followed by a revised mayoral budget in April before a final deal is struck by June. The budget covers the fiscal year that starts July 1.

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