We reached out to advocates and union leaders for the three departments taking the biggest hits in the $20 million budget cut announced by Mayor Nutter today. Here's what they had to say:
John McNesby, president of the local Fraternal Order of Police -- "We’re actually out there making a difference. If he cuts again people might as well lock their windows and doors. Crimes not going to go down. It’s only going to rise now in the summer."
Bill Gault, president of the fire union Local 22 -- "Once again he’s punishing the citizens because he doesn’t get his way. As always public safety is at risk… I think this is a little kid who didn’t get his ball. And it’s getting old."
Amy Dougherty, Executive Director of the Friends of the Free Library -- "My take is that I don’t think that Mayor Nutter or City Council want to cut services at libraries or anywhere else. I think they’re still negotiating. Libraries are barely open five days a week."