Everybody within the New York Metropolis mayor’s workplace, together with the mayor himself, might be furloughed for one week with out pay starting 1 October to shut a price range shortfall created by the pandemic, mayor Invoice de Blasio has introduced.

The coronavirus outbreak had brought about town to lose $9bn in income and compelled a $7bn reduce to town’s annual price range, de Blasio mentioned on Wednesday.

The furloughs will save solely about $1m, the mayor mentioned, however might function a helpful image as he continues to barter with labor unions representing municipal workers over broader payroll financial savings. De Blasio plans to work with out pay throughout his personal week-long furlough, the New York Occasions reported.

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Invoice de Blasio will proceed to work unpaid. {Photograph}: John Minchillo/AP

“It was not a choice I made evenly,” he advised reporters. “To have to do that is painful for them and their households, however it’s the proper factor to do at this second in historical past.”

With the furloughs and different financial savings, the mayor’s workplace price range this fiscal 12 months might be 12% smaller than it was final 12 months, de Blasio mentioned, although he didn’t present absolute totals.

The coverage will have an effect on 495 workers, the Occasions reported, and the week-long furloughs might be staggered amongst them between October this 12 months and March 2021. De Blasio has warned he might have to put off 22,000 metropolis workers if financial savings can’t be discovered within the negotiations with the labor unions.

He’s additionally searching for larger borrowing energy from state lawmakers in Albany, New York state’s capital, who’ve been resistant thus far.