Those of us who live and work in New York City have an obligation to pay it back in some form by helping to make it financially stronger and passing it on to future New Yorkers as an even better place in which to live and work.
Each year at this time, the mayor and the City Council engage in a "budget dance" over which of the spending cuts proposed in the mayor's budget for the fiscal year will be restored. But this year they're dancing to the wrong tune.
Whenever a budget battle happens, safety net services come under the gun. Albany should take a close look at innovative programs that provide needed services while offsetting spiraling expenditures in other areas.