More than 2,000 city workers have been called up to serve in Iraq or Afghanistan since 9/11, costing the city $65 million, Rep. Anthony Weiner said yesterday.
When municipal workers who are military reservists are called up for active duty, the city makes up the difference in salary.
Since 2001, city workers on military leave missed a total of 700,000 days of work, said Weiner (D-Brooklyn/Queens).
“For every police officer taken off the streets of New York to serve in Fallujah, New York taxpayers are footing the bill,” he said.
He proposed a $40 billion federal revenue-sharing bill that would include aid for US cities that lose manpower due to military leaves.
Some city 1,191 cops and 251 firefighters are among the 2,082 municipal workers have been called up since 2001, Weiner said.
Currently there are 488 city workers on military leave.
“It’s time that the military reimburse New York for its sacrifice,” Weiner said.
The NY Post tends to be a little sensationalist at times, but if this is true Weiner is a moron. (Via Military Motivator)