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City Comptroller Calls on de Blasio to Cut NYPD Budget

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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.

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Larry Penner

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.

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FoHi

Can somebody please explain what on earth is with all this “defund the NYPD” nonsense that I keep reading about?? Have people not seen the looting, fires and rampant disrespect for the law that is destroying the place?? Oh great, so every now and then you find a cop that is too “rough” and needs to be removed or disciplined, so now let’s punish the NYPD by defunding them???? Who does that leave to protect us from the wackos out there!!!? Maybe Scott Stringer wants to take them on himself and use talk therapy! This is prime reason why the city is out of control. We should be thanking the NYPD, would any of you feel safe taking on the nonsense that they have to put up with!!!? They could leave here and become officers in much less stressful places, like towns upstate or suburbs but they stay here, their pay is not great and they risk their lives everyday dealing with the lowest of the low this city has to offer, please give me a break with this defund nonsense, right up there with the lunacy of the “Rikers is too tough of a place” nonsense and “let’s get rid of prisons.” You get what you vote for and the uber liberals are seeing their utopian dream come true I guess, why have any laws?? Please be smarter than that NYC!!!!

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