#CareNotCuts: Where did the NYC budget land & what’s next!
From our campaign launch in March until the budget was passed at the end of June, we led the People’s Budget coalition to fight against Mayor Adams' proposed budget cuts to libraries, schools, CUNY, and social and housing services. Mayor Adams tried to cut $2.5 billion from these vital services while further bloating the NYPD’s budget. While the final budget was nowhere near what New Yorkers deserve, we are proud to have helped reverse many of these crippling cuts and build a stronger coalition for future fights.
Statement on the FY24 budget deal: “NEW YORKERS DESERVE BETTER”
“Advocates and council members worked tirelessly during this budget process to protect New Yorkers from the Mayor's cuts. We were able to claw back bare minimum funding for libraries, 3-K conversions and Promise NYC, affordable housing and NYCHA, among other vital restorations. But the fact that these fights were necessary in the first place shows just how low Mayor Adams has set the bar.
Mayor Adams’ Failure Budget
Mayor Adams’ FY24 executive budget fails to invest in the services New Yorkers need – and then fails to provide an honest explanation for these cuts. The People’s Plan and its steering committee organizations release the following initial analysis and statements regarding Mayor Eric Adams’ FY24 executive budget (based on available information).
Statement on the NYC Council FY24 Preliminary Budget Response
“While still reviewing the details of this response, we applaud the Speaker and the Council for standing up to the dangerous and fiscally irresponsible cuts proposed by the Mayor. The council’s budget response echoes many of the People’s Budget campaign demands, with increased funding for 3-K, CUNY, public schools, libraries, adult literacy, and health and social services, as well as reining in unaccountable NYPD spending. Our coalition with tens of thousands of members across the city calls on the council to hold the line in the upcoming negotiations against Mayor Adams’ dangerous cuts, ensuring that a budget cannot pass unless it invests in the services all New Yorkers need.”
New York Playbook
COUNTERPROPOSAL: A group of lawmakers and activists largely from the vanguard of the city’s left gathered yesterday to push back against elements of the mayor’s budget proposal, which is being combed through by the City Council. Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso and Council Members Lincoln Restler and Shahana Hanif, who both co-chair the newly streamlined Progressive Caucus, criticized City Hall’s plans to roll back a planned 3K expansion and require savings from most city agencies while sparing the NYPD. The People’s Plan, an alternative budget proposal endorsed by the elected officials in attendance, also criticized proposed cuts to library and CUNY funding.
New Yorkers, community organizations launch 2023 People’s Budget campaign
The People’s Plan, its thirteen steering committee organizations and dozens of affiliated grassroots groups, and allied elected officials launched the 2023 “People’s Budget” campaign today at the Tweed Courthouse at 11:00am. Over the coming months, New Yorkers will continue to demand that Mayor Eric Adams maintain full funding for public education and critical social services, remove bloat from the NYPD and DOC budgets, and make key investments now to safeguard the most vulnerable New Yorkers.
The People’s Plan & Partners Response to the Mayor’s proposed FY23 budget modification
The People’s Plan, an alliance of dozens of advocacy organizations and community groups, today issues a response to the proposed budget modification sent today by Mayor Eric Adams to the city council for charter-mandated approval. This budget modification contains a series of severe cuts to agencies already in staffing crises, and greatly reduces budgets for public libraries and CUNY while leaving the NYPD budget nearly untouched. The fiscal need for the PEGs contained in this modification is called into question by the Independent Budget Office’s recent estimate of a $2.2 billion dollar surplus for FY23.
Statement from The People’s Plan on the implications of the November 2022 Financial Plan
The council should reject these disruptive and unnecessary mid-year cuts, reaffirm the promise of universal 3-K, and tell Mayor Adams to focus on fixing the administrative rot that has decimated city agencies during his first year in office.