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NYC Mayor Blasio: "Planning to Lay Off 22,000 Public Workers on Oct 1st"

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city was moving forward with "painfully real" plans to lay off 22,000 public workers on October 1 unless another source of cash comes through.

"The overwhelming cost of local government is the staff. Where we put our money is to provide services to New Yorkers, whether they're first responders, health care workers, sanitation workers, educators, you name it. "

"If you're going to keep cutting and cutting, it has to at some come to the staff. It's just pure logic of budgets, and it's a very sad logic. I don't like it one bit, and I want to avert this at all costs. The number 22,000 is painfully real," he said.

"Every single agency will experience cuts, every single agency will have to save a lot of money, and generally it will be through layoffs."
 
* Politico was the first media outlet who learned the lay off plan in NYC.


Opposing NYPD Officers to live in the 5 Boroughs

NYC Mayor Blasio also said he would oppose requiring NYPD officers to live in the five boroughs, as most other city workers are required to do because of the high housing cost.

A slight majority of police officers live outside the city. The NYPD's civilian employees, however, are covered by residency requirements, and 94% of them live in the five boroughs, according to data obtained by Streetsblog.
 
NYC Budget is 92.5 billion dollars
 
On April 25, 2019, Mayor Bill de Blasio released the Executive Budget for Fiscal 2020. The budget totals $92.5 billion, representing approximately a $258 million increase over the $92.2 billion Preliminary Budget that was released in February. 
 
NYC is facing almost 9 trillion dollars budget deficit this year
 
 
NYPD Budget is 6 billion dollars
 
NYC Mayor  recently announced a $1 billion cut to the NYPD while maintaining patrol strength and focus on safety.
 

Biden: "Kamala Harris is the Right Choice"

Democratic Presidential Candidate Biden and VP Candidate Kamala Harris' first public appearance as a ticket — and her official introduction as VP candidate — took place in Wilmington, Delaware.

"I have no doubt that I picked the right person. Kamala Harris is smart, tough, experienced, and a proven fighter for the backbone of this country, the middle class. She knows how to make the hard calls. She's ready to do this job on day one. We're both ready to get to work, rebuilding this nation," said Joe Biden.

Explaining the process of determining his Vice President candidate based on his own experience, Joe Biden stated that when the former President Barack Obama asked him what he wanted most importantly at that time, he said that he wanted to be the last person in the room before Obama made important decisions. "That's what I asked Kamala," he said.

Joe Biden said Kamala Harris is "a child of immigrants" who "knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the U.S.A"

"We have a public health crisis, but months later, the President has shown no real leadership. Local governments are trying to fill the vacuum of leadership from the President, who has not put forward a plan on how to get this pandemic under control. Instead, he's insisting that this virus will disappear by signing executive orders", Biden said and criticized the Trump Administration's approach to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Kamala Harris: "America is crying out for leadership!"

"President's mismanagement of the pandemic has plunged us into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. We're experiencing a moral reckoning with racism and systemic injustice that has brought a new coalition of conscience, demanding change. America is crying out for leadership. Yet we have a President who cares more about himself than the people who elected him. But here's the good news, we don't have to accept the failed government of Donald Trump and Mike Pence. In 83 days, we have a chance to choose a better future for our country," she said.

Joe Biden's Son; Beau Biden

Kamal Harris spoke of her work with Biden's son Beau Biden during the financial crisis while both were state attorneys general, saying, "We spoke almost every day, and I learned quickly that Beau was the kind of guy who inspired people to be a better version of themselves."

About Senator Kamala Harris

Personal Birthdate: October 20, 1964 

Birthplace: Oakland, California 

Education: Howard University, B.A. political science, and economics, 

1986; the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1989 

First African-American, first woman, and first Asian-American to become attorney general of California.

First South Asian-American attorney general in the U.S.

First Indian-American and 2nd African-American woman to serve as a Senator. 

First African-American woman to represent California in the Senate. 

She is the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants

The U.S. Provides Emergency Assistance to Lebanon

The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the Trump administration would provide $17 million of aid to Lebanon and that the U.S. would continue to help the Lebanese people recover from this tragedy.

Pompeo also stated that he agreed with the call for the U.S. to conduct a transparent investigation to determine the cause of the explosion.
 
Secretary Pompeo also wished safe travels for John Barsa, Acting Administrator of USAID who will travel to Beirut, Lebanon.Before Deputy Administrator departure, Barsa said that assistance would be directed to medical authorities at the American University of Beirut and the  American Lebanese University. The United States is providing money to the World Food Program for emergency meals for about 300,000 people of Lebanon affected by the explosion at the port in addition to emergency medical kits.
 
President Trump also spoke separately with Lebanese President Michel Aoun and French President Emmanuel Macron after the Beirut explosion. 
 
Secretary Pompeo Travels to Europe:
 
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo will travel to  Czech Republic; Slovenia;Austria; and Poland August 11 to August 15. Secretary’s visit in Poland will commemorate the centennial of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw, in which Polish forces defeated the Bolsheviks.

 

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