Cumbo, Mark-Viverito, de Blasio And Others Celebrate Budgetary Victories

de blasio cumbo and melissas from harlemNew York City Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo released the following statement after Harlem’s Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and members of the New York City Council passed the budget for fiscal year 2017. 

“After months of public testimony and hours of negotiations, the new budget will ensure that the City of New York is equipped with the fiscal capacity to meet any challenge and sustain City resources,” said Council Member Cumbo, a Member of the Committee on Finance. “Under the leadership of Harlem Speaker Mark-Viverito and Finance Committee Chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, the Council has passed its third consecutive on-time budget. I look forward to working in collaboration with the de Blasio Administration to create new pathways towards success for all New Yorkers.”

The increased allocations for fiscal year 2017, many of which were post-budget adoptions, will expand existing programs and services for millions of New Yorkers, particularly the City’s youth, survivors of domestic violence, immigrants, youth, library patrons, and beachgoers.

As Chair of the Committee on Women’s Issues and Co-Chair of the Women’s Caucus, Council Member Cumbo worked in collaboration with Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to prioritize the advancement of girls and young women into adulthood through the Young Women’s Initiative (YWI). The City Council has allocated $5 million to fund 13 of the key YWI recommendations, which will broaden gender equity across city agencies and address a variety of issues including health, economic and workforce development, education, anti-violence and criminal justice.

Supportive services provided by organizations funded through the Domestic Violence and Empowerment Initiative (DoVE) will be able to expand their capacity to help survivors of domestic violence through education, technical assistance, training, prevention and outreach efforts after a 46.1 percent increase in fiscal support from the City for a total of $6.8 million.

In addition, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) Initiative to Combat Sexual Assault will receive $1,348,000 while $750,000 will be allocated as support towards victims of human trafficking.

During the summer months, pools and beaches are popular destinations that will remain open for an additional week this season.

Youth employment, both seasonal and year-round, offers young adolescents between the ages 14 of 24 with an opportunity to develop life and career skills. Through $39 million a year in baselined funding, the Summer Youth Employment program will expand by 10,000 slots to a new total of 60,000 slots this summer with an additional six thousand slots for year-round employment.

Libraries
Our city’s three library systems – Brooklyn, New York, and Queens public libraries will continue to provide six-day service with $43 million in baselined funding – a $21 million boost from fiscal year 2016. Cultural institutions will also receive $10 million.

The emphasis on baselined funding for summer youth employment and public libraries signifies the Council and Administration’s commitment to establish a precedent that will inform future funding requirements.

Cultural Affairs

Through the Cultural After School Adventurers (CASA) initiative, each Council district will increase from eight to eleven programs for a total of 561 after school cultural programs citywide that will provide enrichment activities. Additionally, $5.9 million will support other cultural programming for immigrants and seniors.

Public Safety

In order to sustain the steady decline of crime within the City of New York, nearly $12 million to support ongoing efforts.

The $82.1 billion budget agreement between the City Council and Mayor de Blasio is a tremendous victory for all New Yorkers. The City Council has released its Schedule C, which depicts the discretionary funding designated to city agencies and community-based organizations to support their ongoing work to advance the City of New York. Recognizing the undeniable impact of these organizations, particularly in underserved communities, Council grants rose to $60 million for this fiscal year.

To view this document, visit: http://council.nyc.gov/html/budget/2017/skedc.pdf.

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