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DC gives NYC plenty of cash

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Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2019 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

For years, Mayor de Blasio has said that both Washington and Albany continually shortchange the Big Apple in financial assistance. “New projections hike city budget by $1.6B” (Michael Gannon, Nov. 28). Today, he justifies expanding City Hall’s budget by $1.6 billion to a record $94 billion by receipt of $974 million in additional federal and state grants to support new spending. It is time for him to stop biting the hands (Albany and Washington) that feed his insatiable appetite for spending above and beyond what is necessary to provide the basic services New Yorkers desire, without breaking the bank.

How successful has NYC been in managing the billions of dollars received from Washington every year? Federal support has actually remained consistent and growing for decades.

Does NYC submit grant applications on time for both formula and discretionary competitive funding opportunities? Are current federal programs being completed on time and within budget? Are funds being expended on a timely basis? Are there any unspent funds carried over year after year? Is there any waste, fraud or abuse? Are all change orders for construction projects fair, reasonable and documented?

Larry Penner
Great Neck, LI
The writer is a retired federal official who oversaw the approval or denial of transportation grants.

Welcome to the discussion.

1 comment:

  • Linnster posted at 12:39 pm on Fri, Dec 6, 2019.

    Linnster Posts: 10

    "Is there any waste, fraud or abuse? Are all change orders for construction projects fair, reasonable and documented?"

    Yes, there is waste, fraud and abuse. Chirlane's mental health initiative seems to have spent untold millions without anything substantial to show for it. Fraud? How about DeBlasio's giving his friends and contributors access to real estate to build anything but affordable housing. Abuse, let's discuss the mayor's limo rides to his gym in Brooklyn. I suppose there are no gyms he can use that are within walking distance of City Hall.