For the FY24 budget the Mayor and City Council are expected to finalize before or by June 30, 2023, the NYC Budget Justice coalition is demanding bold investments in housing, mental health, education, youth services and other public infrastructure that will increase both the immediate and long-term safety of all New Yorkers. We demand that NYC move money away from policing towards much needed community based safety solutions and infrastructure.
By completing the form below, you are expressing your organization's endorsement of Communities United For Police Reform (CPR)’s #NYCBudgetJustice campaign platform. The #NYCBudgetJustice’s FY24 demands include:
1. Save NYC's community safety infrastructure & make government work for New Yorkers. We need the City Council to protect & invest in resources for us all and real community safety solutions to keep New Yorkers safe, including:
- Mental health and harm reduction programs
- Affordable housing & housing protections for unhoused and low-income NY’ers
- Education and youth services
- Violence prevention and intervention programs
- Public transportation, libraries, and legal services
The City Council must stop the Mayor from cutting life-saving agencies and ensure that city government works for New Yorkers trying to access support & services.
2. Cut the NYPD's bloated annual $11B spending & redirect funds to community safety needs by:
- Removing police from social services, including:
- End NYPD involvement in mental health issues and dismantle NYPD Mental Health Co-Response Teams
- Cut the growing "homeless police" in the Dept of Homeless Services
- Remove police from youth services & youth engagement and redirect that money to community-led, youth-serving and youth organizing programs. This includes getting police out of New York City schools, dismantling "Youth Coordination Officers" and related youth programs that shouldn't be run by police.
- Cutting funding and shut down notoriously abusive NYPD units that make us less safe, like: Strategic Response Group (SRG) and VICE.
- Cut at least $45.8 million from the NYPD budget as a way of holding the NYPD accountable for failing to fire officers that kill, brutalize and/or sexually assault New Yorkers. This number represents a fraction of the cost of only SOME of these officers’ salaries.
- Cut the budget of the NYPD's outsized 36-person public relations spin machine that regularly spreads disinformation.
3. End special treatment for the NYPD - Hold NYPD accountable to budgets and annual spending like other agencies. NYPD’s lack of transparency serves as structural protection from any meaningful fiscal oversight. That allows the NYPD’s budget to continue to balloon and the NYPD’s impunity and power to grow unchecked.
- Stop letting the NYPD overspend its budget every year by more than $5 billion without any meaningful consequences.
- Require NYPD transparency in the budget by requiring that the NYPD report on private monies that it receives from police foundations.
What does it mean for an organization to endorse the #NYCBudgetJustice campaign?
Endorsing means that your organization will be listed on the CPR website and in public materials related to the NYC Budget Justice campaign. Your organization will be part of the #NYCBudgetJustice coalition that CPR coordinates, and will receive email updates about the campaign to pass a more equitable NYC budget. As an endorsing organization, you can show your support by:
- Mobilizing for campaign events & actions
- Encouraging your members to contact Mayor Adams, Speaker Adams and City Councilmembers to urge that they refuse to pass a budget that doesn't cut the NYPD FY24 expense budget & redirect those monies and all related savings to Black, Latinx and other communities of color
- Sharing information on social media
- Reaching out to your networks to encourage others to endorse this crucial step towards reducing police violence and prioritizing taxpayer monies in communities of color instead of criminalization and policing.
Thank you for joining the tens of thousands of New Yorkers calling for a more equitable FY24 budget that prioritizes New Yorkers, not the police.