NYC Budget Justice

NYPD Arrests And Runs Scooters Into Protesters Calling for Care Not Criminalization

Four community members were arrested Wednesday evening by NYPD officers outside City Hall at the Care Not Criminalization

Advocates Condemn Budget Cuts and Call for More Resources for Police Oversight Board

Last night, the Civilian Complaint Review Board announced that the unit to investigate racial profiling and police bias won’t have enough funds to operate past June under the mayor’s proposed budget. Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from CPR spokesperson Rama Issa-Ibrahim. 

Community Groups Call for a Budget that Centers Justice not Policing

Yesterday, Mayor Adams released his FY24 executive budget and was immediately met with widespread criticism for continuing to cut resources for basic community needs while protecting the bloated NYPD budget.

Communities United for Police Reform Blasts Robotic Police Dog Announcement

Mayor Adams announced he would be reintroducing robotic police dogs, after they were dismissed by the previous administration. In response to this announcement, Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) released the following statement by Ileana Mendez-Penate, Program Director.

CPR Responds to Mayor’s Mental Health Plan

New York, NY -- Today, Mayor Adams announced his latest plan on mental health. Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from CPR spokesperson Ileana Méndez Peñate (she/her).

New Yorkers to City Council: Mayor Adams’ Directive On Involuntary Removals is Inhumane and Dangerous

Yesterday, February 7, 2023, the City Council Joint Oversight Hearing on Mental Health Involuntary Removals heard testimony on Mayor Adams’ recent directive that increases the authority of the NYPD to involuntarily detain New Yorkers by expanding the definition of a mental health crisis to someone that is unable to secure food and shelter for themselves. The mayor– whose public approval has continued to slip– announced this directive in December 2022 to a wave of public outcry. 

CPR Responds to Mayor’s State of the City: Words and Actions Don’t Match Up; New Yorkers Demand More Services and Less Police.

CPR spokesperson Sala Cyril (she/her) responds to Mayor Eric Adams' annual State of the City address:

“Mayor Adams’ State of the City once again demonstrates that he cares more about touting policies that neglect to meaningfully address issues of safety and sustainable recovery for New Yorkers than he does about actually centering the expressed needs of our communities. Since the start of his administration, Black, Latinx, and other communities of color have demanded an end to discriminatory policing and accountability for NYPD abuses that include a reduction in the scope and budget of the NYPD.  

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