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Besides taking away more than 25 acres of historic parkland in the Bronx - the city is also losing more than $ 30 million a year in revenues under a deal negotiated by the Bloomberg administration. This while the City is planning to layoff 450 park workers in September.
"The loss of revenue from Yankee and Shea Stadiums has no direct impact on the Parks Department's budget as the revenue was directed to the city's general fund and does not affect the agency's operations," Parks Department spokesman Phil Abramson said.
This directly contradicts public statements made by Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe who has repeatedly claimed cuts demanded by Bloomberg have been offset by park revenue gains.
The Daily News further points out the absurdity of this statement by noting that Bloomberg's planned budget reductions for the Parks Department this year specifically said that any increase in recreation fees to the public would help prevent layoffs and other drastic cuts.
– Geoffrey Croft