City Comptroller Joel A. Giambra has slapped a hiring and travel freeze on his department in response to the state cutting $5.5 million in aid to the city.
The comptroller also has asked his staff to trim the department's $5.8 million budget by 2.5 percent. He said that percentage equals the decrease in city revenues resulting from the state action.
The hiring freeze means a vacant auditor position will not be filled and there will be no additional new hires, Giambra said. The travel cut will eliminate plans to go to New York City next week to close on Pilot Field bonds.