By GARY LARKIN
City of Greater Riverdale elected officials agree New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ nearly $100 billion executive budget proposal for fiscal year 2023 addresses the region’s and the city’s greatest needs: child care affordable children and improved schools, homelessness, subway safety and park upgrades.
The spending plan received mostly positive ratings from City Council Eric Dinowitz and Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson.
“I appreciate many aspects of the Mayor’s Executive Budget, and my colleagues and I on the Budget Negotiating Team will work to ensure that the investments we make benefit all New Yorkers,” Councilman Dinowitz said.
For Gibson, the mayor’s budget is a good start to bring the city back from the economic and physical impact of the pandemic.
“As we continue to work together to create an equitable recovery from COVID-19, it is up to us to work with our partners at the local, state and federal levels to develop plans that will move our borough forward and invest in our city. future,” she said shortly after the mayor delivered his first State of the City address on April 26. “It’s important that the Bronx be included in any conversation about economic recovery and the ‘investment.
The mayor’s plan uses new revenue and savings to make investments that strengthen public safety, advance the city’s recovery, make New York’s streets safer, improve parks and provide compassionate care for New Yorkers. most vulnerable, according to a statement from the mayor’s office.
In the fiscal plan, fiscal years 2022 and 2023 remain balanced, with manageable variances of $3.9 billion, $3.4 billion, and $3.7 billion, respectively, from fiscal years 2024 to 2026, respectively. With $200 million added to the city’s rain fund, budget reserves now stand at $6.3 billion, the highest level in city history. Budget reflects savings of $411 million over the year 2022 and 2023, bringing the total savings in the administration’s draft and executive budgets over those years to more than $2.4 billion.
“The pandemic has drained our economy and threatened people’s livelihoods, stability and mental health,” Adams said during his State of the City address. “Housing prices remain out of reach for workers in this city. Too many of our brothers and sisters live on the streets, needing support and shelter.
At one point in his speech, he highlighted what the pandemic has done to the city’s youth and their education. He cited his administration’s expansion of the Summer Rising program, which provides academic support, arts, recreation and food to students during the summer.
“While all New Yorkers have been impacted by the pandemic, our children and students are still feeling the effects of two years of grief, trauma and learning loss,” Adams said. “We are proud of our success in keeping schools open and students safe, but we need to do more for our young people, especially when it comes to helping them prepare for a career. Because as I have often said, if you don’t educate, you will incarcerate.
He continued: “Student absenteeism was high, educator morale was low and our children had fallen behind academically and socially. That’s why, for the first 100 days, we’ve committed to expanding the Summer Rising program. In the executive budget, we are adding funds to increase the total capacity of the Summer Rising program to 110,000K across 8 students this year.
Additionally, he mentioned his administration’s expansion of the gifted and talented program so that it can reach all school districts and make it easier for families to access the program by providing an entry point to kindergarten and preschool. third year.
Dinowitz is most concerned about education funds and the need to create permanent housing for New York residents.
“With respect to education, we are proposing more funding for most programs that will serve our children, such as supporting a city-wide expansion of restorative justice, youth employment, learners of English language and community coordinators (from the Department of Education) who will help reach our unprotected student population,” he said.
When it comes to the housing and homelessness crises, he thinks more can be done while Gibson thinks the mayor’s proposed spending plan will start to get the job done.
“While a $171 million investment to create 1,400 shelters and stabilization beds is on track, we need to invest in permanent housing for New Yorkers,” Dinowitz said. He thinks this not only makes economic sense, but leads to better results.
“We are also asking the administration to fund more housing vouchers so that people can leave the shelter system and move into permanent housing,” he added.
Gibson was a little more complimentary about the plan for homeless people in New York.
“I commend Mayor Adams on this decision ‘to invest the $117 million,’ she said, ‘and I think it couldn’t come at a more crucial time for our city.’