4:30 pm Jul. 5, 2012
Last year, Walmart, which would very much like to open a store in New York City, donated $4 million to the city's youth employment program, a move that was interpreted by some as a way to curry favor with New York residents.
This year, Walmart again donated to the city's summer jobs program, albeit significantly less.
"This summer they are contributing about $800,000," Jeanne Mullgrav, the commissioner for the Department of Youth and Community Development, said today at an event launching the city's summer youth programs.
"Do corporations give money that they think will help their business?" said Bloomberg. "Yes, sure, why not?"
On a separate matter entirely, this morning, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Bloomberg administration had included more than $17 million of estimated revenue in this year's budget that is to be derived from charging non-profits for trash removal. At the moment, such institutions get their garbage picked up for free.
If the Bloomberg administration wants to change that policy and thereby derive revenue, the Council must approve legislation to that effect.
That doesn't seem likely.
Councilman David Greenfield has introduced a bill that would bar charging non-profits for trash removal, and it has won the support of a majority in the Council.
He told the Journal that the revenue's inclusion in the budget was news to him.
Asked today why his administration included the revenue in the budget without apparently telling the City Council, the mayor said, "It's a normal thing the city does."
"Every thing that we do doesn't go to the City Council," he continued. "The City Council's job is to provide oversight and approve a large budget. But we have 280,000 employees working for us. And lots of things they do don't get to the level of talking to the City Council. If you did every single thing, talked to the City Council, the City Council wouldn't have time to do anything else. As a matter of fact, they couldn't even listen to it if they did it in relays."
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