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Cuomo Cuts Could Hit NYPD Hiring Plans, de Blasio Says

  • Medicaid costs could rise by $1 billion by 2020, mayor says
  • City's effort to add 2,000 police officers could be stymied
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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s state budget proposal, which seeks $800 million of cuts for New York City’s higher education and Medicaid programs, could jeopardize the jobs of 2,000 police officers and plunge the city into a fiscal crisis in the event of an economic slowdown, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

The reductions, which Cuomo proposed Wednesday as part of a $145 billion spending plan, would shift to the city $485 million of costs to run the City University of New York, a system of 24 campuses serving almost 600,000 students. Increased Medicaid obligations would amount to $480 million through June 2017 and increase to about $1 billion by 2020, de Blasio said.