That was The New York Daily News‘ cynical characterization of President Gerald Ford’s refusal to waste taxpayer money on the city’s profligate irresponsibility with its own budget and spending habits. Is Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) exposing New York City to another round of badly needed tough love from the Federal government?
One New York City Council member wants to expand a summer jobs program for youth.
Another is seeking millions to push the city’s bike-share program deeper into poor neighborhoods.
And another wants to increase funding to legal services for immigrants and adult literacy programs.
Such is budget season at City Hall, where the budget is expected to grow substantially for the fourth year in a row, to some $84.67 billion, up from about $70 billion for fiscal year 2014….
There is some pushback:
Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland [D], who chairs the body’s finance committee, has said the city should be putting aside even more in the face of potential cuts under the new president.
And some pushback to the pushback. Councilman Jumaane Williams (D):
I’m very concerned if we don’t expand these programs now what will happen in future years. And we should do it while we have it.
We may get to see whether New York City not-so-favorite son President Donald Trump will have the same strength that Ford showed.