The New York City Council passed the city’s $88.1 billion budget just after midnight with hopes to solve the Big Apple’s $9 billion budget shortfall — in part by slashing NYPD spending by $1 billion. The deal became official around midnight once Councilwoman Deborah Rose became the 26th council member to vote in favor of the budget — representing a majority of the 51-person legislative body.
“Today is not a day of celebration, we are not in a time of celebration, it is the time of necessity and today’s budget agreement is one of necessity,” Council Speaker Corey Johnson said following the vote. “Heart-wrenching, impossible choices had to be made. It was not easy,” Johnson added.
The substantial cuts to the NYPD came in response to demonstrations seeking to defund the department in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of police in Minneapolis. The effects will include, in part, reducing overtime by $352 million and trimming the size of the police force by 1,163 cops, which de Blasio insisted would not decrease public safety despite a recent surge in shootings.