Mayor-elect Rudolph Giuliani of New York City met yesterday with state Comptroller H. Carl McCall to discuss the city's fiscal affairs.
The meeting, arranged by McCall in his downtown Manhattan offices, lasted about an hour and was followed by a shorter session between aides to the two men.
During a press conference following the meetings, both Giuliani and McCall offered nothing new about the city's fiscal problems or plans to close multibillion-dollar gaps in the four-year financial plan.
McCall provided a summary, prepared by his deputy comptroller's office on the city's financial plan, that shows a budget gap of between $246 million and $652 million in fiscal 1994. The fiscal year ends June 30.
The estimates were based on August and October reports prepared by the comptroller's office and will soon be updated when the city releases it latest fiscal report later this month.
"I made a call to the mayor-elect so we can provide a briefing on the city's fiscal situation," McCall said. "We have been in the past and might need to be critical [of the city's finances]. But we want this office to be seen as a resource to provide analysis and offer opinions."
Giuliani said he welcomed the meeting to "try to find solutions to the problems faced by the City of New York." Giuliani, who ran as a Republican-Liberal, defeated Democratic Mayor David N. Dinkins, who is a friend of McCall.
Giuliani said that before deciding how to tackle the gap he is waiting to hear from the city's Office of Management and Budget, which will soon release an update on the city's fiscal situation.
The mayor-elect chose not to comment on how he plans to address the city's out-year budget problem, where the city could face gaps of $1.9 billion in fiscal 1995, $2.5 billion in fiscal 1996, and $2.7 billion in fiscal 1997. The city's long-term budget problems are at the moment the focus of a study by a committee chosen by Dinkins.