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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York City Council has voted on a budget that the mayor says responds to demands of police reformers while keeping the city safe.

The budget was officially passed late Tuesday night, and the meeting wrapped up around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Council Speaker Corey Johnson addressed members before the vote.

“I am proud of the changes that we secured, especially given the challenges we faced, given the $9 billion revenue shortfall. I do wish we had done more to cut the NYPD,” he said. “To everyone who is disappointed, and I know that there are many, I’m disappointed as well, I wanted us to go deeper. I wanted us to take larger head count reductions. I wanted a true hiring freeze. I wanted us to cancel addition classes. But this is a budget process that involves the mayor, who would not budge on these items.”

The Mayor and I started this process FAR apart on shrinking the NYPD’s budget and footprint and bringing transformational change to the department.

The Council fought hard to get where we are, but I know this is just a starting point, not an ending point. We need to go farther. https://t.co/aW8TmiBe42

— NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@NYCSpeakerCoJo) July 1, 2020

On Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he and the City Council reached an agreement on an $88.1 billion budget that reallocates $1 billion away from the NYPD.

The NYPD will be impacted in the following ways:

  • The July police class of over 1,100 will be canceled
  • School safety will be shifted out of the NYPD
  • Crossing guards will be shifted out of the NYPD
  • Homeless outreach will be shifted out of the NYPD
  • Overtime will be curtailed

The mayor said $115 million will go toward summer youth programming, $116 million toward education and $134 million toward family services. Another $450 million will support NYCHA and park recreation centers, and $87 million will help expand broadband in public housing.

He said $430 million will be cut from the department’s budget, and $537 million be shifted in capital.

De Blasio also said the budget saves $1 billion in labor, expands the NYC Care health initiative, creates health clinics in the hardest hit communities, and supports the city’s efforts to feed the hungry.

For weeks, protesters have been demanding the city slash the NYPD’s budget and reinvest in communities. The mayor presented the agreement like a win for police reformers, but protesters say it’s a gimmick, not real reform.

90 min to midnight and protesters are still waiting on city budget vote. @CBSNewYork #OccupyCityHall pic.twitter.com/y6n3pzIsc3

— Ali Bauman (@AliBaumanTV) July 1, 2020

“The safest communities across this state have the least amount of police and that should indicate something very clear to us because those same communities also have the most amount of resources and that ultimately, those investments are what make those communities safe,” protester Charles Khan told CBS2’s Ali Bauman.

Some protesters have said they expect some people will continue occupying the space outside City Hall in protest after the budget vote, while others will fight for police reform in other ways.

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Two separate rallies in Brooklyn and Queens on Saturday brought several hundred pro-police demonstrators out to show their support for the NYPD and counter the anti-cop vitriol that’s emerged in recent weeks.

The Brooklyn march took place in Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge, while the Queens march occurred in the Rockaways. The only local lawmaker to attend one of the marches was Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the Republican challenger to Democratic Congressman Max Rose for his Brooklyn/Staten Island seat.

The demonstrations in Brooklyn and Queens follows weeks of Black Lives Matter protests, with some marchers supporting defunding the NYPD and a few even calling for the abolition of the NYPD altogether.

The July 11 rally in Brooklyn came together at 13th Avenue and 77th Street and went up to 86th Street. Several hundred residents carried signs in support of police officers in the predominantly upper middle income neighborhood. The demonstrators apparently came together loosely, no one group taking credit for bringing the people there together.

“The NYPD and America needs our support now more than ever. We must support them,” said Patrick Park, a resident Dyker Heights.

Also on hand was former state Senator Marty Golden who lost the last election to Democratic state Senator Andrew Gounardes. Golden is said to be seeking to unseat Gounardes in the next election. Some of those who helped marshal support for the rally came from the local Republican clubs.

People support the NYPD during a pro police rally in Dyker Heights. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)

One off-duty police officer at the protest said he appreciated the support and wanted people to understand, “This is not about being anti-Black Lives Matter.”

“We believe this is all lives matter and we need to respect each other,” said the officer, who didn’t want to give his name. “We all feel the George Floyd death was very wrong, but that doesn’t mean that every police officer is a killer – most of us really just want to do right. That’s so wrong [that they] lump us all in that way.”

Meeting the group of protesters were Black Lives Matter protesters, who charged that the demonstration was “out of touch with reality.”

One demonstrator in Rockaway, identified only as Colleen said, “I’m out here supporting the NYPD because they are calling to defend the police. What are we going to do if we don’t have a police department?”

Counter demonstrators showed their disdain for the pro-cop rally. (Photo by Jon Farina)

 

 

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