Press Releases

NYC Budget Justice Campaign Reacts to FY23 Budget, Call for Bolder Future Investments

On June 13, 2022, the New York City Council voted to pass the FY23 city budget. The budget included the largest NYPD spending allocation ever, at over $11B.

CPR Statement: Communities Call for Bolder Action After Budget Handshake

Communities United for Police Reform responds to mayor and speaker’s FY23 budget announcement that included the largest-ever proposed NYPD budget

On Friday, June 11, New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Speaker Adrienne Adams announced a handshake deal on the city’s FY23 budget, which included an NYPD budget of more than $11 billion, the largest in the city’s history. Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) released the following statement from spokesperson Keli Young (she/her):  “The crises that our communities are facing today require bold action from our city leaders and a budget that creates a clear path to a true recovery that would help not only keep us safe, but help us thrive. The budget announced by the mayor and speaker today falls short of meeting this need.  "We expected this new City Council to prioritize significant community investments over the continued expansion of the NYPD budget; instead the proposed FY23 budget reflects the largest NYPD spending in history. The projected $11.2B for the NYPD enables the mayor to continue to push regressive and failed policing tactics that harm Black, Latinx and communities of color and have been heavily criticized and condemned by New Yorkers. This does not make our city safer."

New CPR Budget Report: Communities demand a budget that invests in communities, not in policing

Communities United for Police Reform releases new budget report which demands a $1B cut in the NYPD and reinvestment in community safety solutions

Today, Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) released its budget report, Creating Safe and Vibrant Communities for all New Yorkers, a community-driven rebuke of the mayor’s proposed FY23 budget. Mayor Eric Adams’ proposed budget has been heavily criticized and condemned by community members across the city for continuing regressive and failed policing patterns of the Giuliani and Bloomberg administrations and further bloating the NYPD budget while crucial community services receive comparatively microscopic investments. According to CPR’s budget report, the mayor is proposing the largest-ever NYPD budget – $11.2 billion, with minuscule investments in community-led violence prevention and intervention solutions that actually work.

At NYC Council Budget Hearing, New Yorkers Demand $1B Cut to NYPD Budget & Increase in Investments in Non-Police Health and Safety Solutions

Today, Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) members and partners, including Audre Lorde Project, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Make the Road NY, the Urban Youth Collaborative, New York City Anti-Violence Project and more delivered testimony to the NYC City Council public hearing on the FY23 budget. Community leaders, advocates and experts called for cuts to the NYPD budget and increased investments in non-police health and safety solutions.

CPR Statement: Mayor Adams uses ghost guns to continue fear-mongering to further policing agenda

CPR Statement: Communities United for Police Reform calls for lasting safety solutions, not fear tactics as cover to flood communities of color with police

The following is a statement from Monifa Bandele, member of Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, on behalf of Communities United for Police Reform in response to Mayor Adams’ latest press antics seeking to excuse his administration’s commitment to investing in police over communities. This time ghost guns are his tool to scare New Yorkers.

Statement: Gwen Carr & Petitioners Respond to Final Hearing of Judicial Inquiry in Eric Garner’s Killing, Calling for Firing of Officers Who Engaged In Misconduct

Today, the New York State Supreme Court held its final hearing in Carr v. de Blasio, the historic judicial inquiry into violations and neglect of duty by New York City and NYPD officials, related to the 2014 NYPD killing of Eric Garner and subsequent cover-up.  

Statement: CPR Responds to Mayor Adams’ Budget

“Budgets are moral documents, and the Mayor’s budget released yesterday reflects that the city values policing and criminalization over solutions that will actually improve the lives of New Yorkers across the city, especially Black, Latinx and other communities of color. These communities have been the most devastated by disinvestment and need solutions which address long-term public safety and health,” said Keli Young (she/her), spokesperson for Communities United for Police Reform.

CPR Statement in response to Shooting Incident in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Below is a statement from Communities United for Police Reform spokesperson, Rama Issa-Ibrahim, in response to the April 12, 2022 mass shooting incident in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Family Members of Delrawn Small and Dozens of Elected Officials and Racial Justice Organizations Call on Mayor Adams & NYPD Commissioner Sewell to Reject Police Union’s Effort to Block Discipline Proceeding in 2016 Brooklyn Police Killing

Group announced letters from twenty-six elected officials and dozens of racial justice groups, following recent news that police union attorneys representing Officer Wayne Isaacs made a formal request to prevent the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) from advancing discipline proceedings against Isaacs

Today, Delrawn Small’s siblings, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso, City Cou