Bill de Blasio furloughs himself and nearly 500 staff for one week to help curb budget shortfalls

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and nearly 500 other city employees will be taking an unpaid furlough to help address budget shortfalls caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

De Blasio announced on Tuesday that each of the 495 employees in the mayor’s office, including himself and his wife Chirlane McCray, will take five furlough days starting on Oct. 1. He called the furlough something his team “never wanted to see” but said the decision needed to be made.

“The folk who work here throughout this crisis, they have not been working 35 or 40 hours weeks, they’ve been working 80-hour weeks, 90-hour weeks, 100-hour weeks
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