Bloomberg Politely Declines to Fight Liu Over Theoretical Surplus

In a radio interview this morning, City Comptroller John Liu, again, did not take sides in the dispute between Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg over whether or not the city has a surplus.

Cuomo’s people say there is a surplus, and thus, no need for layoffs.

Bloomberg’s people say there is no surplus, and says he’ll have to lay off thousands of teachers, other municipal employees.

In my story last week, I showed that Liu’s March 21 report is a bit more decisive, coming closer to Bloomberg’s position than to Cuomo’s.

On WOR this morning, Liu said it “depends who you ask” and “everybody is right.” This afternoon, I asked Bloomberg for his reaction to Liu’s most recent non-declarative statement.

“I don’t want to get involved in an argument with the comptroller,” Bloomberg said. He went on to say, “There is not a surplus. We have been spending money we do not have.”

 

Bloomberg Politely Declines to Fight Liu Over Theoretical Surplus