NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council agree to a budget deal that includes $1 billion in cuts to the NYPD, some of which is just shifting funds and oversight to other departments, including the Dept. of Education. A number of activists, educators and students are dissatisfied with the failure of the budget to meaningfully reduce the amount of policing in schools. The budget deal also slashes the Fair Fares program by 61%, angering antipoverty and transportation advocates.
Governor Cuomo and State Lawmakers are skeptical of Mayor de Blasio’s plan to borrow $5 billion dollars from the state.
NYC Mayor de Blasio announced the City may need to layoff 22,000 workers to find $1 billion in savings for FY21.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city will create a public, online database of police disciplinary records after a state law keeping the records secret was repealed.
The New York City Council approved a package of legislation aimed at overhauling the New York City Police Department as lawmakers ride a wave of public anger over police-involved killings.
The New York City Council oversight hearing regarding the 2020 Census that was scheduled for yesterday, has been deferred.
June 26, 2020 De Blasio has warned that there could potentially be 22,000 layoffs of city jobs starting in October if the city doesn’t receive aid from the state or federal government to close its budget gap.
June 22, 2020 In just three months, New York City lost 20% of its jobs, wiping out all the gains of the 10-year economic boom that began in 2009, according to figures released last week by the New York State Labor Department.
June 22, 2020 NYC has entered Phase 2 of their reopening, potentially sending 300,000 people back to work. As part of this phase, restaurants will be open for outdoor seating, and hair salons, barbershops, retail stores, and offices can open with 50% capacity.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will support legislation making it a crime for a police officer to put someone in a chokehold.
New York City Mayor, de Blasio rejected calls to remove the police from city schools, while also announcing a $10 million expansion of a program that uses local residents to “interrupt” violence on city streets.
New York City Mayor de Blasio announced support for three summer youth programs, each run out of the NYC Young Men’s Initiative and the Department of Probation Neighborhood Opportunity Network.
Alison Hirsh, a senior aide to Mayor de Blasio, has left the mayor’s office over his handling of recent protests across the city.
Tomorrow, June 17th at 1pm the New York City Council Oversight Committee will hold another hearing on the city’s response to the disparate impacts of COVID-19 on communities of color.
The New York City Council will be holding an oversight hearing on June 22nd regarding the 2020 Census. You can sign up to testify here.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is looking to borrow as an option to address the City’s budget shortfall.
New York City Council passed several bills including: removing ‘alien,’ ‘illegal immigrant’ from NYC laws; the putting together of a conditional release commission to oversee the early release of incarcerated individuals, including those who are vulnerable to the coronavirus, who have served a portion of their sentence; and calling for parity in pay for frontline emergency medical services workers who helped the city during the coronavirus pandemic.
New York City Council released a letter requesting that the Administration identify meaningful savings among city agencies to address the $9 billion budget gap. The letter points to the fact that the Department of Youth and Community Development was hit with a proposed cut of 32% of its budget, while the New York Police Department is only facing proposed cuts of less than one percent.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged for the first time to cut the city’s police funding, which has an annual budget of $6 billion and accounts for more than 6 percent of the proposed $90 billion budget, and divert it to social services.
The New York City Council held a hearing today on Public Safety. Advocates have 72 hours to submit testimony.
June 17th at 1pm the New York City Council Oversight Committee will hold another hearing on the city’s response to the disparate impacts of COVID-19 on communities of color.
The New York City Council will be holding an oversight hearing on June 22nd regarding the 2020 Census.
The New York City Council concluded a series of Executive Budget Hearings. You can watch the video recordings of those hearings.
May 23, 2020 The City Council has released a 10-point plan for opening the city’s beaches safely during the summer, citing public health and equity concerns as temperatures rise in the city. As of now, the beaches are closed for swimming (but not surfing) per the Mayor’s orders.
May 18, 2020 DeBlasio says that NYC could start to gradually reopen in mid-June. NYC has met three of the state’s seven health indicators that regions need to meet to start reopening.
New York City’s Independent Budget Office released a report that predicts tax revenues will be billions of dollars less than what the de Blasio administration has anticipated.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is looking at areas to make cuts as the City awaits the state government’s first round of budget cuts, which is expected around May 15.
The New York City Council indicated that the city’s $89.3 billion fiscal blueprint will need to undergo another major overhaul before it can be adopted by the end of June.
New York City has a new webpage of resources for New Yorkers with Disabilities during COVID-19.
April 28, 2020 The City Council announces it will be holding a hearing on how the COVID crisis has impacted communities of color. Members of the public can testify if they register to do so 24 hours in advance of the hearing.
Buffalo City Comptroller Barbara Miller-Williams was critical of Mayor Brown’s budget, which the Comptroller said includes more than $80 million in uncertain revenues and nearly $15 million in expense savings that might not materialize.
May 18, 2020 Cuomo announced that Western NY will begin the process of gradually reopening this week. This means that nonessential construction, manufacturing and wholesale trade businesses, along with agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, as well as curbside pickup at retail businesses may resume operations.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced a $519 million dollar budget for the City of Buffalo.
Erie County Executive Mark Polocarz called on the County department and independently elected county office to submit a budget plan within the next two weeks that would cut costs by 13.1%.
April 27, 2020 Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced the launch of a new city website that will serve as an information hub for COVID-19.
Suffolk County Budget Director Eric Naughton warned legislators of layoffs, spending cuts due to budget crisis.
Nassau County legislators introduced legislation calling for a committee to study the feasibility of a specialized unit in the Nassau County Police Department to respond to emergency calls for people in mental health crisis.
In Nassau County, advocates demanded that the County government provide more transparency, accountability and safety measures, as well as the release of incarcerated people who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.
The Suffolk County Legislature passed legislation that “bans the box” and restricts employers from asking about criminal histories in job applications, which will take effect on August 25, 2020.
Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman releases analysis of COVID-19 potential impact on sales tax revenues and county finances.
Nassau County will offer $500,000 in loans to help small businesses, nonprofits and landlords struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.
April 27, 2020 Suffolk County Executive Steve Ballone responded to the State’s reopening plan and the increase in domestic violence during COVID-19 in Suffolk County.
Ulster County legislators endorsed a plan to cut aid to nonprofits amid looming budget shortfall.
Newburgh City Comptroller Todd Venning and other officials provided an update on the local budget.
Town and city government officials in the Hudson Valley responded to the Governor’s financial plan for the 2021 fiscal year, in which state aid to municipalities could be cut by more than $8 billion.
Finger Lakes and Southern Tier State Legislators are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to give counties in those regions the green light to begin work on transportation projects.
Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick says the municipal budget deficit is five times larger than its greatest deficit in the city’s history.
Steuben County officials spoke on the local budget resulting from loss of sales tax revenue and funding from the State.
Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh signed into law a package of police reforms aimed at updating police training and policies and improving transparency within the department.
The City of Syracuse would receive $363M from House coronavirus bill.
The Rochester City Council unveiled plans to cut its next police recruiting class in half and to direct the $750,000 saved by the move toward plans of revamped policing.