June 4, 2020 By Allie Griffin
The New York City Comptroller is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to slash more than $1 billion from the NYPD budget over four years — as the city faces a looming fiscal crisis and many are calling for police reform.
Comptroller Scott Stringer penned a letter to de Blasio today requesting he cut $1.1 billion from the NYPD budget over the next four years.
Stringer said the city must act to fight systemic racism within law enforcement, beginning with the budget.
“Breaking down structural racism in New York City will require long-term, lasting change — and that must include reducing the NYPD’s budget,” he said in a statement.
He made the request as New York City is facing a whopping $9 billion deficit due to the economic fallout of the coronavirus. De Blasio has proposed cutting the NYPD’s current $5.9 billion budget by just 0.31 percent, Stringer said.
He said some of the money taken from the department should be redistributed to underserved communities most impacted by police brutality and ravaged by COVID-19. It would also help the city to stave off cuts to other essential services amid the deficit.
Stringer said his plan involves cutting the NYPD budget by 5 percent each year, or about $265 million, beginning July 1. The savings could be achieved through modest cuts to the number of cops and cutting overtime and other expenses such as equipment and technology.
Stringer has been calling for all city agencies to cut their budgets by 4 percent as a means to help the city manage the deficit.
The comptroller said the city should suspend hiring new police classes in the next fiscal year and cut uniformed overtime by five percent.
The move would reduce the number of officers through attrition by 3 percent — bringing the expected headcount down to 35,000 officers by the end of next fiscal year. The number of officers on the street averaged about 35,000 between 2011 and 2016 when crime declined to historic levels, Stringer said.
A group of more than 200 current and former mayoral staffers have also called on the mayor to slash the NYPD budget. They wrote an open letter calling for de Blasio to cut the budget by $1 billion in fiscal year 2021 alone.
This once great city is dangerously close to slipping into becoming a cesspool. There are no leaders anywhere on the horizon who look at all capable of righting the ship after DiBlasio leaves office. Even Cuomo is proving to be inept. A curfew gets set in place and it isn’t enforced. Looting and rioting occurs and the cops when attending to it, use force as the looters were using force and attacking cops, the cops are scrutinized for fighting back. You have LAWYERS throwing Molotov cocktails into police vehicles WITH 4 COPS STILL INSIDE!!!! And somehow the narrative is now “let’s dismantle the NYPD. We don’t need police!!!” Any and all authority is looked upon with disdain and defiance. The recent no bail law has turned loose criminals on the streets only to have them commit more crime. The jails have been emptied to a historic low. thereby releasing even more criminals onto the streets. People with good sense have started to move out of the city out of fear of what’s coming next. How anyone, let alone a would be mayor, want to cut the budget of the NYPD, especially in light of the current violence occurring nightly, is a show of what to expect should he get elected. Then Stringer wants to add funding for mental health, social workers, etc. It sounds like Thrive 2.0. He wants to throw the BILLION cut from the police into that; just as McCray took the 1 billion and spent a decent chunk with nothing to show for it. Money just pissed away. it could have been used for security in existing homeless shelters which is what keeps the homeless from going willingly in the first place. And no one has taken her to task. It’s like the inmates are running the asylum…. Oh wait… it’s not LIKE… It’s that THEY ARE!!!
@A Voice You need to understand the fantasy you are trying to project with more policing. First of all, the looting and rioting were by racist white supremacists, some including police officers trying to detract from the strength of the peaceful protests. There are numerous videos showing this. Second, your notion of “The recent no bail law has turned loose criminals on the streets only to have them commit more crime.” Where is the evidence that shows that? Rikers Island is a prime example of how black and brown communities are being destroyed with low level offenses or none at all, just the color of their skin, locking them up and either leading to higher recidivism and/or mistreatment by the police (you can google that one numerous times) or even suicide (also googleable). The amount the city spends on the NYPD is more than double what is spent on homelessness and housing.
Never shy around a camera or microphone, NYC Comptroller and 2021 Mayoral wanna be Scott Stringer can stop wasting taxpayers dollars issuing a series of useless audits and reports including those critical of the MTA and various municipal agencies. What he will not tell you is that he travels around town by car with driver and police security detail rather than a bus or subway. Give up your police security detail and municipal vehicle. Unlike the millions of New Yorkers, he doesn’t own a Metro Card and use public transportation on a daily basis. Do as I say, not as I do is his motto. With term limits, Stringer is just another term limited career politician using the NYC Comptroller’s office perks current position while seeking yet another public office. As a former State Assembly member, Manhattan Borough President and currently NYC Comptroller — he has never worked an honest day in his life.