New York City mayor says will cut $1 billion from police budget

Cheryl Sanders
July 3, 2020

The New York Democrat added: "It does not mean counting overtime cuts as cuts, even as NYPD ignores every attempt by City Council to curb overtime spending and overspends on overtime does not mean hiring more police officers while cutting more than $800M from NYC schools".

"I am disappointed", Johnson said at a news conference. "And they don't have police roaming around their neighborhoods".

"The Mayor has two objectives for this budget: maintaining security, and investing in the hardest-hit youths and our communities - all facing the toughest fiscal situation the city has seen in decades", said City Hall press secretary Freddi Goldstein, who refused to comment on the details.

The agreement - which the City Council was briefing on Monday night - largely returned the cuts made by Hizzoner to the summer youth employment program, advisers for high-need schools and tuition assistance for low-income City University students. Some of the funding reduction, they noted, was merely shifting police functions such as school safety to the Department of Education. They've pressed council members to vote no if the spending plan doesn't make meaningful changes. The city has about 5,300 civilian school safety agents.

Communities United for Police Reform, a coalition of 200 community groups that originally called for a $1 billion cut to the NYPD's budget and have criticized police officers patrolling public schools, said their demands were still not being met.

The annual budget for NY has been slashed from $93 billion a year ago to $88 billion due to the COVID-19 outbreak that has crippled the Big Apple's economy.

Outside an empty City Hall, more than 1,000 protesters demanding the shrinking of a police department they decry as violent and racist continued a week-old encampment, reports Reuters.

The budget cuts to the NYPD were the first during de Blasio's six years in office.

The city budget totaled almost $93 billion when passed last June. Commissioner Dermot Shea has said he was open to giving up school safety and other cuts, as long as the number of officers on patrol doesn't shrink. "Moving police from the NYPD to other agencies does nothing to reduce police violence".

"We believe that we have presented a plan that completes that mission and look forward to working with the Council to issue a budget that helps the city rebuild more strongly".

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