This is from Politico New York:
The deal involves moving school safety agents, who are unarmed but wear police uniforms, into the Department of Education, canceling a July class of roughly 1,100 police recruits, and shifting certain homeless outreach operations away from police control.
In reality, moving school safety is a bookkeeping trick and not a cut to the NYPD. As for the predictable results, I want the broom contract as principals will be sweeping even more incidents under the rugs when students at some point return to school buildings.
The people who want the NYPD budget slashed by $1 billion aren't buying this either.
“Mayor de Blasio and Speaker [Corey] Johnson are using funny math and budget tricks to try to mislead New Yorkers into thinking that they plan to meet the movement's demands for at least $1B in direct cuts,” said Anthonine Pierre, a spokesperson for Communities United for Police Reform, who called for a full hiring freeze on NYPD officers. “This is a lie.”
On other aspects of the city budget including layoffs, we still do not have a final answer.
Back to Politico NY:
De Blasio said he was “disappointed” that the state Senate has so far refused to give the city permission to borrow up to $5 billion to help plug the gaps. The Assembly, he said, has been more amenable to the idea.
Without a federal bailout, borrowing authority, or a labor savings deal by October 1, the mayor says the city will have to lay off 22,000 workers.
“This is not the 1970s. I have not gotten a coherent answer as to why it’s just not the right thing to do,” de Blasio said of the borrowing plan. “Austerity is never the way to go.”
Mike Murphy, a spokesperson for Senate Majority leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, said de Blasio has failed to address “legitimate concerns held by our Senators.”
“We are not against a borrowing plan that makes sense, but remain concerned that the Mayor began asking for $7 billion, then dropped his request to $5 billion, all to close a $1.6 billion gap,” he said in a statement Monday. “Prudence requires the development of a plan not rushed through before action is actually necessary, especially when the possibility of additional federal aid remains unresolved.”
Never underestimate the incompetence.