“While this budget is a good start, the City Council will be thoroughly examining it in upcoming hearings to determine its impact on New Yorkers.

Many uncertainties remain in our fiscal outlook, such as funding from Albany and Washington, along with outstanding labor contracts and we look forward to working with the Administration to make sure New York City gets its fair share.

We are particularly happy to see our fire companies are fully funded and no longer in danger of being closed, that the Administration waived costly payments from NYCHA to the NYPD in order to further reduce the maintenance backlog, and that there is increased funding for homeless and runaway youth and other programs.

The City Council looks forward to beginning budget oversight hearings in a few weeks which will provide the public with an open forum to examine how the budget will benefit and effect New Yorkers and we welcome all to attend or watch.”