The City Council’s budget negotiating team stayed late last night at City Hall, trying to hammer out a budget before the June 30 deadline. A handshake agreement is expected today or tomorrow.
In the meantime, it’s a scene. Lobbyists have been a permanent fixture on the City Hall steps and in the City Hall rotunda for days, if not weeks, hounding lawmakers, staffers, and even reporters for any information.
Yesteday afternoon, I bumped into City Councilman Tony Avella across the street from City Hall. When I asked about the budget, he threw up his hands up–it seems he’s waiting for information, just like the rest of us. Downstairs in the basement of City Hall, I saw Helen Foster and Diana Reyna walking by. When I asked if we had a budget deal yet, Foster said, “Am I a size 4 yet?”
So, if you want to know what’s going on, try prying information out of the City Council’s budget negotiating team [an earlier version left off some members]:
Melissa Mark Viverito
Maria del Carmen Arroyo
Erik Dilan (Tish James sometimes substites for him)
Bill de Blasio