Bloomberg’s last budget, and his latest would-be successor

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg is presenting his finale executive budget this afternoon, and as Henry Goldman notes, it is tied up with questions about revenue sources.

Bloomberg blames the teachers union for one funding hole, the result of a blown deadline for receiving state education aid. But there are other financial problems. For example, every municipal labor union in the city has an expired contract, and they'll be pressing the next administration to find money for retroactive raises for each of them.

The mayoral candidates seeking to replace Bloomberg will have to start answering questions about how they intend to break these impasses without busting the budget.

Meanwhile, on the steps of City Hall this afternoon, another candidate is formally entering the mayor's race: John Catsimatidis, a billionaire Republican supermarket magnate and Clinton donor who flirted with a run back in 2009. He has described himself as a private-sector expert and bipartisan thinker in the mold of Bloomberg himself.

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