FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2009
STATEMENT OF STU LOESER, PRESS SECRETARY TO MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, IN RESPONSE TO BROOKLYN STATE SENATOR JOHN SAMPSON NOT INCLUDING NEW YORK CITY'S SCHOOL GOVERNANCE AND CITY SALES TAX LEGISLATION ON LIST OF BILLS TO PASS
"Senator John Sampson stated today that passing taxes necessary to preserve essential city services and avoid layoffs and a bill that would prevent New York City schools from returning to chaos were controversial. They are not, and both enjoy the support of a bipartisan majority of State Senators. Both pieces of legislation - which already have the votes for passage - deserve to be brought to the floor for a vote. That's democracy, and if the City's budget and public schools continue to be held hostage to the Senate's gridlock, it will cause real harm to New York families and the health of our City."
New York City will lose over $60 million in revenue for the month of July if the State does not act, or over $2 million each day. To put the loss of $60 million in monthly revenue in perspective:
Every day New York City loses $2 million translates to:
Stu Loeser / Matt Gorton (212) 788-2958