City may need to give employees 30-day notice ahead of layoffs, 'We are running out of options' de Blasio says

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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- During his daily briefing on Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio said the city may need to give 30-day notice to employees ahead of layoffs if the Federal government doesn't provide additional funds or the State doesn't provide the city with the borrowing authority.

"We're running out of options," he said as lack of funds may force the city into tens of thousands of layoffs.

The possibility of about 22,000 layoffs will not take effect Oct. 1 after de Blasio postponed sending out layoffs notice, but said "we are not out of the woods at all," as the layoffs will take effect 30 days later.

A citywide campaign was launched urging New Yorkers to "Get your flu shot," de Blasio announced.

The ads will be seen across subways, bus shelters, Staten Island ferry, neighborhood businesses, as well as newspapers, TV and radio.

"We do it not just for ourselves but for everybody else," the mayor said.

The will also be a new hyperlocal focus in Southeast Queens, de Blasio said.

The city will focus on the Ozone Park, South Ozone Park and Richmond Hill neighborhoods.

Starting on Friday, Sept. 18, there will be quick testing at the Ozone Park Library.

In Borough Park, there will be 10,000 face masks distributed as the city focuses on back to school and Rosh Hashanah.