June 30, 2020
Agreement includes a $1 billion cut to the NYPD while maintaining patrol strength and focus on safety
NEW YORK––In the face of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced an agreement for an on-time and balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2021. The $88.19 billion budget was crafted as the city begins to recover from a global pandemic that placed New York City at the epicenter.
Most notably, the budget includes $1 billion in cuts and cost shifts to the NYPD while maintaining patrol strength to protect the safety of all communities. Of those NYPD savings, $115 million has been reprioritized for summer youth programming, $116 million for education and $134 million for family and social services. The budget also shifts $450 million in NYPD capital funding to the Parks Department and NYCHA for youth and recreation centers.
"From reinvesting funds from the NYPD in youth programming and social services, to building new community centers, this budget prioritizes our communities most in need while keeping New Yorker safe," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "As we emerge from the epicenter of COVID-19, it's now more important than ever to create a fairer city for all."
The FY2021 Adopted Budget includes over $2 billion in agency savings and efficiencies and a commitment for $1 billion in labor savings.
The budget is balanced despite the lack of borrowing authority from Albany or a federal stimulus. To ensure the budget can continue to fund critical services for vulnerable New Yorkers, the Administration will continue to advocate for support for borrowing authority from Albany and a stimulus from Washington.
The City has spent approximately $2.7 billion so far on the response to the pandemic. Spending includes $800 million on Personal Protective equipment and $800 million on H+H staffing and support. The City is also spending over $450 million on food efforts to ensure no New Yorker goes hungry, moved thousands of homeless New Yorkers into hotels and built a Test & Trace program from the ground up to ensure New Yorkers can stop the spread of the virus and recover. The Administration is also expanding NYC Care to Manhattan and Queens this year (37.5 million) to ensure New Yorkers in every borough have access to guaranteed health care and creating three new specialized Community Clinics in Bushwick, Jackson Heights, and Tremont to treat the lasting effects of COVID-19 ($113 million).
The NYPD's budget has been reduced by $1 billion while maintaining patrol strength and safety through a combination of savings and shifting responsibilities to other agencies, including:
The FY2021 Adopted Budget includes approximately $430 million in reinvestment from the NYPD's expense budget into youth and social services programming, including:
The FY2021 Adopted Budget includes shifting approximately $537 million from the NYPD capital budget to youth community centers and NYCHA developments.
The City is investing just over $10 million more for "Cure Violence" to expand into four new precincts and increase staff at all providers. The program will soon be operational in all 20 precincts with the most gun violence.
The city lost $9 billion in revenue from March to June due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, City agencies have had to make difficult funding decisions in order to balance the budget. Savings and efficiencies of over 2 billion include: