Press Releases

Over 75 Grassroots, Advocacy and Legal Organizations Express Alarm Over Mayor’s Budget Approach; Demand More Services, Less Policing

Today, 78 organizations sent a letter calling on Speaker Adrienne Adams and the City Council to end the Mayor’s approach of unilaterally shrinking critical services while expanding the role of the NYPD and preserving NYPD budget bloat. The Mayor’s approach to budgeting in FY23 and FY24 is hurting New Yorkers, especially Black, Latinx, LGBTQI folks, immigrants, youth, and other impacted New Yorkers that are struggling to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

CPR Calls for Community Investments in NYC FY24 Budget; Criticizes Mayor’s FY24 Preliminary Budget

New York, NY - In response to Mayor Adams’ FY24 Preliminary Budget, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement today by CPR spokesperson Salma Allam (she/her), Coalition Organizer at Arab American Association of NY

CPR Statement: NYC 2023 Budget Modification shrinks critical community resources, preserves NYPD budget bloat.

New York, NY -- Today, Mayor Adams’ Office of Management and Budget announced NYC’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Modification. The modification cuts crucial funding to libraries, education, housing, and other social services that keep our communities safe while continuing to invest in policing.

CPR Statement: NYPD Commissioner Sewell’s New Rule Change Impedes Accountability, Safety

NEW YORK- Yesterday, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell announced plans to change the NYPD’s disciplinary guidelines to reduce penalties on officers. She also shared that she had reduced or dismissed penalties against NYPD officers in 72 cases that were recommended by judges and the Civilian Complaint Review Board. Below is a statement from Communities United for Police Reform spokesperson and Justice Committee Families and Cases Organizer Danny Kim (he/him):

CPR Outraged by Mayor’s “Dangerous” Plan to Forcibly Detain New Yorkers with Mental Illness

New York, NY -- Today, Mayor Adams announced a sweeping effort allowing law enforcement to involuntarily detain New Yorkers who are perceived to be suffering from a mental health crisis. Outraged by the move to give NYPD unilateral power to detain people against their will regardless of whether or not they are a threat to themselves or others, Communities United for Police Reform and CPR member organizations have released the following statements:

NYPD Trial Date Set for Cops Who Killed Black Gay Man In His Home In 2019

Family of Kawaski Trawick, elected officials and supporters rally outside One Police Plaza demanding the firing of officers who killed Trawick in 2019

New York, NY— Today, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Trials Rosemary Maldonado scheduled the NYPD disciplinary trial of Officers Brendan Thompson and Herbert Davis for their 2019 killing of Kawaski Trawick. Mr.

CPR Statement: NYPD’s Budget Recklessness Impedes Real Community Safety

Yesterday, Mayor Adams’ Office of Management and Budget announced that the NYPD, one of the city’s largest agencies, will miss the savings goals the mayor promised to New Yorkers by 60 percent. The following response is from Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) spokesperson Keli Young (she/her), Civil Rights Campaign Coordinator at VOCAL-NY: “The November Financial Plan released yesterday is another example of how the Mayor’s approach to city budgeting is misguided and fails to address key city issues while allowing NYPD budget bloat.  

Communities United for Police Reform Responds to NYPD Expanded Policing in NYC Subways

This weekend Mayor Eric Adams and Governor Kathy Hochul, alongside NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell, announced dramatically increased police and surveillance presence in the New York City subway system. The following response is from Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) spokesperson Sala Cyril (she/her)