State Controller Urges Bill de Blasio To Cut $1b of Funding From NYPD

Posted 113 days ago

From SARAACARTER.COM

New York City’s Comptroller Scott M. Stringer sent a letter Thursday to the city’s Mayor Bill de Blasio asking him to cut $1.1 billion of funding to the New York Police Department over the next four years saying the funding to “scale down” the police force. Moreover, he said the money needs to be diverted “toward vulnerable communities most impacted by police violence and structural racism.”

“These are trying times for all New Yorkers, but especially for communities of color,” he wrote in the letter. “Across the boroughs, as across the nation, protesters have gathered to mourn and demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and the hundreds of black men and women who have been killed at the hands of police in the U. S. The need for change – and a fundamental realignment of priorities – is clear, and I urge you to seize this moment to bring a measure of justice and fairness to how we spend our city dollars and protect New Yorkers.”

According to Stringer’s letter, it would mean a 5 percent budget cut for the police force for FY2021, which would be about $265 million.

The Comptroller’s budget plan for the NYPD is as follow... (Read more)