“We applaud the Administration for incorporating several of the recommendations outlined in our Fiscal 2018 Preliminary Budget Response. We commend Mayor de Blasio for identifying City savings, increasing the City’s capital investments and funding key services to protect and support our communities.

While we are pleased with the Mayor’s commitment to expand capital support for NYCHA, include air conditioners in every classroom, and bolster legal services for immigrants—efforts the Council has long advocated for— we call on the Administration to take additional steps to strengthen vital City services. Particularly, the Council remains concerned that the Mayor’s proposal does not increase the City’s reserves— which is an important measure under the current national political uncertainty—fails to secure more Summer Youth Employment Program slots and does not provide additional funds for senior services.

The Fiscal 2018 Executive Budget is a good starting point and we look forward to working with the Mayor in the coming weeks to negotiate a budget that protects our vulnerable communities and uplifts families across the City.”