Mayor Michael Bloomberg Imposes City Hiring Freeze
By Ben Fractenberg
MANHATTAN — Mayor Michael Bloomberg has imposed a citywide hiring freeze, Crain's New York reported Tuesday.
The mayor reportedly sent a to the heads of city agencies outlining the logistics of the freeze, which is being implemented to deal with a multibillion-dollar budget deficit in the upcoming fiscal year, according to the Wall Street Journal.
But the hiring freeze may not be enough to close the budget gap.
"I think [layoffs] are inevitable," Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith said Tuesday morning, according to Crain's.
Harry Nespoli, the head of the sanitation union, told the Journal he didn't think the freeze was "wise or safe."
"He should be hiring and maintaining the most important services for the public," Nespoli said of the mayor.
The news comes after the City Council already agreed to layoff 1,100 city employees out of a total city workforce of 300,000. Another 4,200 jobs is set to be cut through attrition, WABC reported.