2016 budget brings tangible results
Jun 24, 2015 | 5201 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For elected officials, the process of creating a balanced and fully funded budget to meet the needs of millions of constituents is an arduous task. This week, with the passing of the Fiscal Year 2016 budget – ahead of schedule – it seems like there’s a lot of good news for New Yorkers to hang on.

Perhaps the biggest thing comes with the announcement that the city will hire nearly 1,300 new police officers to patrol the streets and make New York City that much safer.

The new officers will increase the city’s counterterrorism initiatives and put more officers on the streets to liaison with the community. Enhanced public safety is never a bad thing.

Another big piece of news is the additional library funding the city will set aside to make libraries open six days per week. Over the past few weeks, politicians have rallied outside libraries across the city to call for increased funding and a return to the pre-Bloomberg days.

City residents who use the library system will now be able to utilize the educational resource six days out of the week and also enjoy increased programming.

For the city’s Asian community, the announcement of the 2016 budget comes with a big reason for celebration: Lunar New Year has officially been added to the school calendar, giving school children a day off to celebrate this important cultural holiday.

No longer will parents be forced to make the difficult choice as to whether they should send their child to school for the day or keep them out to learn more about their cultural heritage.

As with any budget, there will surely be some issues with not everyone getting fully what they want in the amount they want, and there's still a lot of details to sift through. But this year, though, there are at least some tangible line items that will impact the entire city in a positive way.
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