Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decided to cancel January’s class of police officers in an effort to bridge billion-dollar deficits. This decision will affect more than 1,000 cadets. The next class will begin in July. This is only one of several extreme measures that Mayor Bloomberg is putting into effect to guide New York City through the economic slowdown that is only just beginning. New Yorkers can expect the city work force to shrink by 3,000 employees – 500 through layoffs and the rest through attrition with 475 job cuts in the education department. Other budget cuts include the firefighter training academy reducing its program time and the Department of Health closing its dental health clinics that serve poor children.