While a cut of over $1 billion may sound dramatic,
it would simply return the NYPD’s budget to roughly 2014 levels — a moment when crime rates had already plummeted in New York City.
It is difficult to conceive that a return to the NYPD’s already huge 2014 budget would have an deleterious effect on public safety. This is especially true when you define “public safety” as inclusive of the overall health, wellness, and sustainability of New York’s residents, who require — and deserve — so much more from their city government in this pandemic.
The NYPD’s current $6 billion dollar budget is larger than what we spend on health, homeless services, youth development, and workforce development combined. In this crisis, we have a moral obligation to divest from police department that has shown itself to be deeply troubled, and invest in SYEP, education, homeless services, mental health services, programs for the aging, community-based organizations, and provide direct support to frontline and essential workers, and undocumented New Yorkers.
- Defund the police - Services for Schools, Mental Health, and Homelessness should be serviced by educators, mental health professionals, and social workers.
- Reallocate funds into education and youth services, homelessness, mental health, healthcare.
- End all broken windows and quality of life policing - End Compstat as the police tracking and metric system. Redefine methodologies utilized to determine success of the police department and promotions within.
- Make the CCRB an elected body that has the power to discipline police misconduct as opposed to having the police discipline themselves.
- Reduce the power of police unions and encourage the AFL-CIO and other labor groups to denounce police unions. As a candidate, I refuse to take police union money and encourage other candidates to do the same.