Big Wins in the City Budget

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FY '16 Budget Highlights

In neighborhoods throughout District 7, vital new funding will be allocated to community organizations that serve our area's diverse neighborhoods, and to improvement projects of our parks, NYCHA developments, libraries and schools.

And as the Chair of the Parks Committee, I have been fighting hard to get additional funding for parks in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. This budget delivers on multiple fronts to enhance parks across the city, including:

  • $1.65 million to support the Parks Equity Initiative to bring greater equity to City parks

  • $8.7 million to save 150 jobs for maintenance workers and gardeners

  • $5 million to renew the increase in Park Enforcement Patrol Officers

  • More than $7 million to take care of our city trees, sidewalk tree-damage and tree stumps

The budget will also fund a one week extension of the beach season, allowing countless New Yorkers to enjoy our beautiful beaches deeper into the month of September, which had the hottest week of the summer in 2014. This move follows legislation I introduced earlier this year to extend both the beach and pool seasons on weekends through the end of September. 

Other highlights include:

  • $12 million in funding to establish a new year-round jobs program for 6,000 young adults and $21 million to provide approximately 50,000 students with Summer Youth Employment jobs

  • $1.5 million to assist Holocaust survivors living in poverty

  • $170 million to enhance community policing and hire 1,297 additional officers returning 415 more officers to the beat

  • More than $25 million to expand services to New York City’s aging community

  • More than $50 million to provide legal representation for tenants in housing court

  • Keeping all libraries open 6 days a week

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