By Dana Rubinstein
June 22, 2015
For the first time in recent history, New York City beaches will not close on Labor Day.
At the urging of the City Council, Mayor Bill de Blasio has allocated $687,000 to keep the beaches open seven additional days this year, Karen Hinton, a spokeswoman for the mayor confirmed Monday night.
The Council has also restored $8.7 million in funding for the Parks Department, which will enable it to avoid laying off 150 gardeners and maintenance workers. That $8.7 million has been a key demand of parks advocates...
“I'm thrilled the City Council was able to reverse the cuts to gardeners and maintenance workers, saving 150 jobs that support many struggling parks in low to moderate income neighborhoods. I’m also excited by the extension of the beach season," Councilman Mark Levine, who chairs the parks committee, said in a statement. "However, I am disappointed that additional critical areas of parks budget, like community gardens, mid-size parks, play-ground staffing and other needs were not addressed."