New York Times: N.Y.C. Mayor to Furlough 495 Staff Members for a Week, Including Himself

New York Times: N.Y.C. Mayor to Furlough 495 Staff Members for a Week, Including Himself. “Facing a $9 billion, two-year revenue shortfall because of the coronavirus’s impact on the economy, Mr. [Bill] de Blasio this year closed the city’s budget with $1 billion in unspecified labor savings. He warned that he would have to lay off 22,000 employees, a number that could be reduced depending on three factors: negotiated union givebacks, state approval for New York City to finance its operations with up to $5 billion in long-term debt and more federal assistance.”

New York Times: N.Y.C. Health Commissioner Resigns After Clashes With Mayor Over Virus

New York Times: N.Y.C. Health Commissioner Resigns After Clashes With Mayor Over Virus. “New York City’s health commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, resigned… and voiced her ‘deep disappointment’ with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s handling of the pandemic, renewing scrutiny of his leadership during the crisis just as the city faces pressing decisions about how quickly to reopen schools and businesses.”

NY1: Mayor: City Schools Won’t Reopen if Coronavirus Infection Rate Rises Above 3 Percent

NY1: Mayor: City Schools Won’t Reopen if Coronavirus Infection Rate Rises Above 3 Percent. “New York City’s tracking indicators have remained below 3 percent since June 10, but de Blasio said an increase, measured on a seven-day rolling average, would trigger a delay in public schools reopening. This standard is two points lower than the 5 percent baseline set by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.”

Spectrum News New York: Business Sector Calls for Partnership in Economic Recovery, but de Blasio Focuses on Federal Bailout

Spectrum News New York: Business Sector Calls for Partnership in Economic Recovery, but de Blasio Focuses on Federal Bailout. “New York City is at the edge of a fiscal precipice: a multibillion-dollar budget hole thanks to the coronavirus and a still-undefined economic recovery effort from City Hall. George Arzt, who served as Mayor Ed Koch’s press secretary and is now a political consultant, recounted the early days of the Koch administration, with the crisis of the 1970s still in full swing and the city not yet recovered from near bankruptcy.”

KOB4: NYC to give greater access to police disciplinary records

KOB4: NYC to give greater access to police disciplinary records. “In his latest push for police reform, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that the city is launching an online database that will let New Yorkers track disciplinary cases against police officers accused of excessive force and other violations and view their administrative records.”

Gothamist: Caught In De Blasio’s Curfew, Essential Worker Spends Week In Jail After NYPD Mass Arrests Bronx Protesters

Gothamist: Caught In De Blasio’s Curfew, Essential Worker Spends Week In Jail After NYPD Mass Arrests Bronx Protesters. “It wasn’t yet curfew when the cops trapped Devaughnta Williams. After clocking out at his job as a janitor at a city social services building on Thursday evening, the 27-year-old Bronx native planned to take the subway to his grandmother’s to get a few hours of sleep, before starting the graveyard shift at Family Dollar. The exact time shouldn’t have mattered — as an essential worker, he was permitted to be out past 8 p.m. — but he was still hyper-aware of the hour.”

ProPublica: NYC Mayor and Health Officials Misled Public About Plans to Move COVID-19 Patients Into Nursing Home, Advocates Say

ProPublica: NYC Mayor and Health Officials Misled Public About Plans to Move COVID-19 Patients Into Nursing Home, Advocates Say. “New York City public health officials are moving patients suffering from COVID-19 into beds within a nursing home on Roosevelt Island that cares for hundreds of residents with a wide range of severe medical conditions, including dementia and other age-related ailments­­, paralysis, traumatic brain injury and profound developmental disabilities. The move comes after Mayor Bill de Blasio and city officials made a series of inaccurate and contradictory statements about their intention to use the facility to house COVID-19 patients and about their ability to protect the medically vulnerable residents of the Coler Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center.”