Liu Meets With Bloomberg for Non-Photo-Op

Michael Bloomberg is meeting with incoming city comptroller John Liu right now, accordng to Liu’s spokesperson.

The meeting wasn’t on the mayor’s public schedule, even though a similar meeting with incoming public advocate Bill de Blasio was promoted by the mayor’s press office.

Liu rebuffed an earlier invitatin from Bloomberg, citing scheduling conflicts.

A spokesperson for Liu said today’s meeting was “private.”

So far, Bloomberg has indicated he wants to cut ten percent from agency spending and not raise taxes. Details of that arrangement haven’t been announced, but will no doubt be eyed by Liu and others.

UPDATE: A spokesman for Bloomberg said the two met at Gracie Mansion for about 45 minutes, discussing “a variety of ways they can work together to help guide New York out of this recession.”

UPDATE: A reader correctly notes the 10 percent budget cuts I attributed to the mayor actually came from “sources” in a recent David Seifman article. That estimate is now, in light of Mark Page’s letter, a bit high.