WILLIAMS CALLS FOR NYPD HIRING FREEZE, SCHOOL SAFETY REFORMS BEFORE FINAL BUDGET VOTE

June 30, 2020


New York City Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams released the following statement ahead of the final city budget vote, calling for an NYPD hiring freeze and a commitment to true school safety reform to be included before he would approve the budget execution.


"As we near the final budget vote, it has become clear to me that this budget ignores some of the most critical elements of reducing NYPD funding and redefining public safety. Unless it meets those needs, I will use my Charter authority as Public Advocate under
Ch. 58, Section 1518, to prevent the budget from being executed during the final tax warrant process."


The two measures include:

  1. A full hiring freeze for the NYPD within this budget, which has already been placed on every other city agency, as the Mayor has proposed cutting up to 22,000 existing city jobs.
  2. A commitment from the Mayor and Council for a just transition away from the current school safety model over the next year, towards a model truly centered on restorative justice, one that repurposes, redistributes and reimagines public safety in schools. 

"Progress cannot end on July 1. New Yorkers will not be content with low hanging fruit, when what's needed is to uproot the tree."

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