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(New York Times) — When aldermen vote Nov. 17 on a budget for 2011, they are expected to help close the city’s $655 million fiscal hole by again requiring all employees to take almost five weeks off without pay.  But some elected officials have not been practicing what other public employees have been forced to do. Through Oct. 15, five City Council members had not taken any unpaid days off in 2010, even as rank-and-file city workers forgo their wages for 12 days off, as well as for a dozen holidays for which they used to get paid.

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