BROOKLYN - The Department of Transportation is making budget cuts by mandating staggered weeklong furloughs for 641 street maintenance employees.

Approximately 100 employees will take a furlough each week, thereby reducing payroll costs without reducing jobs. The DOT says the repair of approximately 9,000 potholes in the city will be delayed as a result of the furloughs.

The cuts are part of an initiative to reduce the budgets of all city departments required by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The street maintenance employees will not be laid off.