The first mayor to win three terms since Ed Koch was re-elected in 1985, Bloomberg is faced with reducing a shortfall as high as $12 billion in his first two years in office, causing great anticipation, and anxiety, about his post-election budget cuts<
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No alternate text on picture! - define alternate text in image propertiesNarrowly overcoming discord over his manipulation of the city’s term limits law, with the benefit of a record-breaking self-financed war chest, a re-elected Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to take quick action on the looming budget deficit as he heads into his third term.
The $24.6 billion in federal aid for New York, which will cover Medicaid reimbursement as well as spending on education and transportation, will offer a reprieve, if only temporary, of devastating cuts to hospitals and nursing homes.
With the state spending less on Medicaid, money will be freed up to keep nonprofit workers on the payroll.
“We have a two-year reprieve, and hopefully in that period of time the economy will perk up,” said Ron Soloway, UJA-Federation’s lobbyist in Albany.
Nursing homes and geriatric centers run by UJA-Federation of New York could be so badly hit by the cuts in state Medicaid spending announced this week by Gov. David Paterson that their future may be threatened, a UJA-Federation official warned this week.
When an elderly immigrant client walked into the offices of the Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush this week, she was told the case worker who was to attend a city benefits hearing with her would not be able to do so.
The worker has been laid off, one of seven employees at the agency affected by a 20 percent cut in city funding.
Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
James Besser in Washington
Politicos are still puzzling over last week’s appointment of Kirsten Gillibrand to Hillary Clinton’s seat in the U.S. Senate and Gov. David Paterson’s missteps in announcing his choice – a “mishandled circus,” according to CUNY political scientist Douglas Muzzio..
But one thing you can take to the bank: Gillibrand, who will face voters statewide in 2010, is going to be eating a lot of kosher chicken in the months ahead.
New York Governor David Paterson’s proposed budget will slash what many consider to be an already paltry level of taxpayer support for private schools by 41 percent, which has an alliance of private, Jewish and Catholic school advocates up in arms.
Invoking the famous Daily News headline about Gerald Ford, Teach-NYS paraphrases Paterson as telling religious and independent schools to “Drop Dead.”