Communities United for Police Reform Responds to Mayor’s Preliminary Budget
Today, in response to Mayor Adams’ release of his FY25 preliminary budget, Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) issued the following statement from Loyda Colon, CPR spokesperson and Executive Director of the Justice Committee (they/them).
“Mayor Adams’ mismanagement of the city’s budget process and city monies is a disgrace. His announcements in the last week of rollbacks to his own unilateral cuts - that were based on wildly inaccurate fiscal forecasts - would be laughable if they weren’t so dangerous to the health and safety of New Yorkers. Instead of listening to New Yorkers, who are demanding baseline resources for mental health, housing, youth programs and other basic needs, the Adams FY25 budget again slashes key services that keep New Yorkers safe while shielding the NYPD’s bloated budget and illegitimate power.
“Mayor Adams keeps manufacturing false crises that cause real harm to New Yorkers and then wants to be seen as a hero for restoring his own unilateral, unnecessary cuts. Police violence complaints are at their highest level since 2012, the city refuses to fire police who kill and brutalize, and the NYPD continues to overspend but the mayor keeps giving them preferential treatment in the budget. Instead of letting the NYPD act with impunity, their outsized budget should be significantly reduced and we should re-allocate monies to libraries, housing supports, mental health and other city resources that actually keep New Yorkers safe and healthy."
About Communities United for Police Reform
Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) is an unprecedented campaign to end discriminatory policing practices in New York, and to build a lasting movement that promotes public safety and reduces reliance on policing. CPR runs coalitions of over 200 local, statewide and national organizations, bringing together a movement of community members, lawyers, researchers and activists to work for change. The partners in this campaign come from all 5 boroughs, from all walks of life and represent many of those most unfairly targeted by the NYPD.Topics: NYC Budget Justice