Gentlemen, Start Your Engine! Mayor Revs Up a Favorite Metaphor

"We’re not asking the State to come up with more money. We know you have to cut back. We’ll have to live with it. But you can find ways to mitigate or eliminate an awful lot of the pain, and let the economic engine of this state continue."

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"We are the state’s economic engine, and balancing the budget on the backs of the five boroughs will only run the entire state into the ground."

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"The City certainly shouldn't be penalized for showing the good sense we have in anticipating this recession and trimming our own budget already. Nor should Albany overburden a city economy that, while straining, remains the state's economic engine."

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"We think that we can come to an agreement with the Governor and with the Legislature that will recognize that we have needs and you have needs but the bottom line is that the economic engine of New York State is New York City."

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"And as you begin that important work, I ask you to bear in mind that New York City is the economic engine of the entire Empire State. We all have a strong interest in keeping that engine running smoothly."

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"New York City pays $11 billion more in State taxes than it gets back in funding despite being the economic engine of the State."

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"We’re prepared to continue to support the system’s capital needs, and its operating expenses, in the future. But taxpayers in the suburban and upstate counties must do their share, too. It’s an essential investment in the long-term future of the New York metropolitan region—the economic engine of the Empire State."

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"All the 57 other counties in the state helped keep NYC—the greatest city in the world—safe, clean, and economically attractive. They have helped refuel the economic engine for the Empire State in a city—our city—that now annually pays some $2.6 billion more into the New York State treasury than it receives in State spending."

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"New York City is the economic engine for the empire state."

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