$1 Billion NYPD Cuts, Budget Shift Toward Youth, NYCHA Developments, The Mayor Promises

Mayor Bill de Blasio promised $1 billion in NYPD cuts in an upcoming budget that would redistribute the funds to youth programs.

De Blasio’s announcement on Monday responded to a demand — to an exact dollar figure he previously wouldn’t commit to — by police brutality protesters after weeks of citywide demonstrations following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

But he also declined to give details on where the proposed cuts will come from in the NYPD. Those will be hashed out by City Hall, the City Council and everyone else at the negotiating table ahead of a Tuesday budget deadline, he said.

“Over this weekend, City Hall here, my office, presented to the City Council a plan that would achieve a billion dollars in savings for the NYPD, and shift resources to young people, to communities, in a way that would help address a lot of the underlying issues that we know are the cause of so many problems in our society,” he said.

The mayor’s plan would shift more than $500 million in capital funding to youth recreation centers and NYCHA developments, de Blasio said.

Other details remained scant as of Monday.

The mayor’s plan would shift more than $500 million in capital funding to youth recreation centers and NYCHA developments, de Blasio said to Patch.

Other details remained scant as of Monday.

De Blasio said the plan would ensure real police reform and redistribution of NYPD funds, as well as not impact public safety. He expressed concerned over a recent spike in shootings citywide and said any plan should not cut impact patrol strength or school safety.

“We have to make reform the right way,” he said.

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