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$92.8 billion NYC budget approved

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Posted: Friday, June 14, 2019 3:48 pm

Mayor de Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan), Council Finance Chairman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and members of the City Council announced an agreement today for an approximately $92.8 billion budget.

“The Fiscal Year 2020 Adopted Budget creates greater fairness for all New Yorkers,” de Blasio said. “We’ve reached an agreement that promises to create a pathway to pay parity for our early childhood education providers to address recruitment and retention issues, expands services that prevent unnecessary detention and fights the widespread national attack on access to abortion care.”

Aspects of the budget include $60 million toward retrofitting city buildings as part of NYC’s Green New Deal; $26 million toward  placing 200 additional social workers in Department of Education schools, including mental health specialists, to help support students and provide necessary social and emotional support; $25 for expanding 3-K for All by funding 1,900 new seats in the Bronx and Brooklyn for the next school year; increased mayoral funding for 2020 Census outreach staff and public awareness campaigns to ensure a fair and accurate count, $22 million for a total mayoral investment of $26 million; and launching NYC Care to guarantee healthcare access for 600,000 uninsured New Yorkers and enhance MetroPlus, NYC’s Public Option, by increasing enrollment and improving access to care, including mental health services, which will cost $25 million in fiscal year 2020, ramping up to $100 million in fiscal year 2022).

The $92.8 billion budget is $20.1 billion more than Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s final budget called for.

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