“The budget that the City Council is being asked to approve today does not meet those principles. So I will be voting no.
I am fighting for $1 billion in cuts to the NYPD this year, and I am committed to voting no on a budget that does not make significant cuts to the NYPD.
In our streets and neighborhoods right now, we are seeing the consequences of spending more on policing than on healthy neighborhoods, mental health services, affordable housing, and youth programming.
This is the most anxious time for our city and country that I can remember. In New York City and lots of other places, too many police officers are escalating conflict.
This week, we saw two shocking manifestations of racism and violence, the corrupt underbelly of our country’s history and its present.
Reducing the criminalization of homelessness is a critical goal, but increased police harassment of homeless New Yorkers in the subway is not the solution. Homeless New Yorkers need increased access to services and housing, not increased surveillance and harassment.
Data-driven decision-making has the power to totally transform how government allocates resources and serves people, for better or for worse.
The Office of the Inspector General revealed today that the NYPD has substantiated ZERO of nearly 2,500 complaints of discriminatory policing in the last several years. We doubt this is what’s meant when the department claims ‘zero tolerance’ for bias.