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Bill’s budget breather

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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 10:30 am

Mayor de Blasio may or may not receive an extended honeymoon period with the voters, but the city’s new chief executive has received a brief respite in the race to turn in his first executive budget recommendation.

The City Charter calls for the mayor to submit his first budget proposal to the Council and to have it published on or before Jan. 16.

But the Council has granted the administration an extension until Feb. 12, according to a spokesman for Republican Minority Leader Vincent Ignizio (R-Staten Island).

“It’s not an uncommon move,” Wiley Norvell, spokesman for Mayor de Blasio, said on Tuesday. “It was done for both Mayor Giuliani and Mayor Bloomberg in their first terms to accommodate the early timetable of the budget cycle.”

Ignizio’s spokesman said he did not believe that extraordinary or emergency circumstances are needed for the Council to make such an accommodation for a new administration.

The current budget, which expires on June 30, is more than $69.9 million.

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