Good news for everyday New Yorkers in budget
Jun 21, 2016 | 7566 views | 0 0 comments | 263 263 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The City Council passed a budget for all New Yorkers last week.

One of the biggest wins is the increase in vital city services to continue the trend in making New York City even safer. With more money for Vision Zero education and outreach, more resources for district attorneys and an increase in funding for Spotshotter, New Yorkers can sleep at night knowing their government has the tools to keep them safe.

Libraries were also a big winner this budget cycle. The City Council earmarked $43 million in baseline funding for improved library services, building off of the success of last year's shift back to six-day service. It's a far cry from the cuts that were endured under the Bloomberg administration.

The young people of New York City are certainly going to benefit from the Fiscal Year 2017 budget as well. The City Council set aside $38.5 million in funding for the Summer Youth Employment Program, which will provide 60,000 summer jobs, with 1,000 of those targeted at vulnerable and at-risk youth.

In addition to creating jobs, there will be more programs for the city's youth as well. A joint task force between the City Council and de Blasio administration will constantly assess the Summer Youth Employment Program, as well as look at ways to create jobs on a year-round basis.

The budget also provides more money for food pantries, after-school slots for middle school students, and additional funding for adult literacy services.

Ultimately, this budget focuses on the residents of all New Yorkers and their needs.
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