NEW YORK (77 WABC) — The latest effort to defund the NYPD is happening in the City Council. Council leaders are proposing up to $1 billion in cuts to police.
The cuts would cause a reduction in uniformed officers through attrition, curtailment of overtime and shift responsibilities from the NYPD, the joint statement, released by Speaker Corey Johnson and Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, said.
However, PBA President Pat Lynch, had a less-than-supportive stance.
“For decades, every time a city agency failed at its task, the city’s answer was to take the job away and give it to the NYPD. If the City Council wants to give responsibilities back to those failing agencies, that’s their choice.”
While Mayor de Blasio is already outlining way of moving funds from the NYPD to other agencies, primarily with a focus on helping youth high crime neighborhoods. But his spokesperson told ABC7, “The mayor has said we’re committed to reprioritizing funding and looking for savings, but he does not believe a $1 billion cut is the way to maintain safety,”
“As we do this, we must prioritize the most impacted communities and hear their demands and needs across al areas during this budget process. This should be a deliberative and good faith decision of the best path forward for New York City,” the statement continued.
Other council members in support of the cuts are Robert Cornegy, Daneek Miller, Adrienne Adams, Daniel Dromm, Vanessa Gibson and Donovan Richards.
The New York City Council’s Speaker, Majority Leader and others come out in favor of cutting $1 billion from the NYPD’s $6 billion budget. https://t.co/uM5chyZOKm
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) June 12, 2020
It would be a 17% slash to the #NYPD's $6 billion budget, and would cut overtime and shift department responsibilities.
— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) June 13, 2020