June 14, 2016
“Today’s Council vote marks the earliest adoption since 2001 and further highlights the good work that can be done when the Administration and City Council come together. The adopted budget is responsible, progressive, and honest. We’ve allocated money to address our city’s most pressing needs and thanks to our strong Citywide Savings Program – the largest in five years – the adopted budget is less than our Executive Budget. Additionally, we added to our reserves for the third year in a row, bringing the total to an unprecedented $3.9 billion, helping to protect our long-term fiscal health. This budget will touch New Yorkers across every borough. Thank you to Speaker Mark-Viverito, Chair Ferreras-Copeland and the entire Council for their partnership.”
Highlights of this year’s budget include:
- Significant investments in public safety, including increased funding in the Preliminary Budget for Shotspotter, to allow NYPD to quickly detect gunshots; for Vision Zero (with additional funding in the Adopted Budget) to cut down on senseless traffic deaths; for new EMS pilot programs; and funds in the Executive Budget that triple intensive-care mental health units on Rikers; as well as increases in the number of ambulance tours and funding to combat opioid addiction;
- Infrastructure projects across the city including additional capital funding in the Preliminary Budget for a third new Staten Island ferry and additional Executive Budget capital funding for reconstruction of bridges and repaving 1,300 lane miles;
- Investments in education, including Preliminary Budget funds for reducing school overcrowding and funds in both the Preliminary Budget and the Executive Budget to support bringing more schools to the Fair Student Funding standard, as well as funding for the Mayor’s Equity & Excellence plan, including to provide individually-tailored college plans and ensure every high school student has access to AP courses;
- Supporting social services, including increased funding in the Adopted Budget for the Emergency Food Assistance program to support the needs of 450 food pantries and community kitchens located throughout the city, and expanded adult literacy programs;
- And preliminary Budget funds implementing a $15 minimum wage for city employees and contracted social service workers.