Tuesday night’s contentious budget vote focused mainly on defunding the NYPD by $1 billion, but as many elected officials note, significant funding is coming back to their districts.
The City Council voted 37 to 12 in favor of the $88 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2021.
Councilwoman Adrienne Adams said in a statement that while the budget is imperfect and many cuts to city programs were painful, the budget preserves many services for young people, older adults, small businesses, victims of domestic violence and more.
“The Council started from zero dollars in key funding and worked to secure programs that are vital to our communities without financial assistance from the federal government or the state,” Adams said.
“After so much pain, our communities should know that their needs and priorities are being met by the city even during the worst financial crisis.”
Within the $88 billion budget, here is the breakdown of wins for Southeast Queens, according to Adams:
- Youth and teen services: $231,000
- Senior services: $320,000
- Free legal services: 106,400
- Arts and culture: $210,500
- Human and economic development: $351,500
- Education services: $587,900
In terms of capital budget victories, these are within District 28:
- Thomas White Affordable Housing: $2.5 million
- Renovations to Maurice Fitzgerald Playground: $850,000
- Library renovations: $1.997 million
- Rochdale Village building repairs: $2.88 million
- York College renovations: $2 million