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De Blasio Will Cut Funds to NYPD, Transfer Money to Social Programs

De Blasio Will Cut Funds to NYPD, Transfer Money to Social Programs

“The New York Times noted that the NYPD budget was $6 billion and accounted for 6 percent of the proposed 2021 NYC fiscal budget.”

The NYPD already hates NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. This will not help.

NYC has faced riots in the wake of George Floyd’s killing along with demands to defund the police.

De Blasio caved:

“The details will be worked out in the budget process in the weeks ahead. But, I want people to understand that we are committed to shifting resources to ensure that the focus is on our young people,” de Blasio said.

De Blasio did not reveal how much funding he aimed to divert from the annual NYPD budget. The New York Times noted that the NYPD budget was $6 billion and accounted for 6 percent of the proposed 2021 NYC fiscal budget.

He did say that the details of any budget reallocation would be worked out ahead of the July 1 budget deadline.

“We’re committed to seeing a shift of funding to youth services, to social services, that will happen literally in the course of the next three weeks, but I’m not going to go into detail because it is subject to negotiation and we want to figure out what makes sense,” de Blasio said.

Other measures included shifting smaller responsibilities, such as street vendor enforcement, away from the NYPD and hiring “community ambassadors” to connect police departments and local communities.


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nordic_prince | June 8, 2020 at 8:15 am

“Community ambassadors”…yeah, that’ll work. Idiots.

    guyjones in reply to nordic_prince. | June 8, 2020 at 8:56 am

    I’m sure these “ambassadors” will be more “activists,” than “ambassadors.” Something tells me they are agitators who are not much into notions of diplomacy.

Nicaragua comes to Harlem.

The vile Dhimmi-crat apparatchiks’ feckless, dishonest and destructive Pavlovian response to Floyd’s tragic death is utterly predictable.

Watch the urban body count pile up, taking the country back to the urban chaos and violence of the 1960’s and 1970’s, as countless innocents pay the price for the Dhimmi-crats’ “woke” and insane policy proposals, and, their narcissism.

smalltownoklahoman | June 8, 2020 at 8:49 am

Hadn’t NYC’s population already been shrinking before this insanity struck? Expect that to accelerate if the cuts to it’s police force are significant and not just a token amount to try and please the mob.

    The enlarging and hastening exodus from the urban lawlessness and impending anarchy in Dhimmi-crat-run urban cities is very bad news for well-administered and properly-functioning “red” states, as we can expect the Dhimmi-crat locusts to continue to do what they’ve done, over the past few decades — run their own cities and states into the ground, causing them to flee for more prosperous and better-run cities and states (i.e., GOP-administered), where they will then implement the failed policies that turned their places of origin into cesspools.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to guyjones. | June 8, 2020 at 12:11 pm

      I thought for some time now that states really should require a much longer time, in years, maybe 10 years should be the minimum, before residency in the state and voting is allowed.

Didn’t NYC try these ideas under Dinkins?

    guyjones in reply to Paul. | June 8, 2020 at 9:01 am

    Yup, tried and failed. Innocents died. Apparently, there is now some nostalgia amongst New Yorkers to ressurect the Dinkins glory days, when black mobs were allowed to conduct pogroms against Jews.

johnny dollar | June 8, 2020 at 8:54 am

He will eventually turn NYC into hell on earth.
The law abiding people cannot possess firearms, and the criminals already have them.
Time to get out of NYC, if you care at all about your safety.

    guyjones in reply to johnny dollar. | June 8, 2020 at 9:32 am

    At the time I had watched it, I didn’t know that “the Dark Knight Rises” was actually a documentary about the destruction of Manhattan by Dhimmi-crat apparatchiks and anarchists.

The descent of NYC into shithole status continues. The inept Mayor should also raise taxes and complete the process.

here are several perennial political problems which we seem helpless to ameliorate in America.

A biggie is FDR’s Depression-era farm subsidies.

Another is the automatic circling-of-the-wagons by both police and their unions when any attempt might be made to weed out the people they all know perfectly well shouldn’t be hiding behind badges.

So maybe de Blasio, in his usual ham-fisted way, is actually trying to force something useful to happen; as we all know, no well-established institution reacts to anything quite as well as it reacts to threats to its funding. Financial pressure on the NYPD might, in theory, be no bad thing.

But of course de Blasio is an idiot. Turning NYC into a high-rent version of Zimbabwe is not going to do anything good. “Community ambassadors”? Throw money—money NY doesn’t even have—at yoots? This is not a serious man.

    tom_swift in reply to tom_swift. | June 8, 2020 at 9:42 am

    What, no “T” in “There”? The Legal Insurrection no-edit, no-preview function strikes again.

      OwenKellogg-Engineer in reply to tom_swift. | June 8, 2020 at 10:10 am

      ….and move the reply button away from the downvote thumb (or allow to click twice to remove).

      I was going to be funny, and say:
      “Here, here, and every here”, but that kinda lost its punch now.

    Mac45 in reply to tom_swift. | June 8, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    Another person operating under a lack of actual knowledge of how something works.

    Any police agency in the country can terminate any employee who violated the law or its policy and procedures. The main reason that they do not, is not because of unionization. In most cases it is because the government jurisdiction fails to follow Civil Service laws and rules designed to protect government workers from arbitrary and capricious action by elected politicians. Now, unions will financially back candidates who are most likely to respond positively to their membership’s desire for greater compensation. This is the aim of any representative group.

    What De Blasio is doing is what every other liberal Progressive politician is doing, attempting to buy off the mob. Politically, he can not go against his Establishment masters. But, on the other hand, he does not want to be at the helm of a sunken ship. So, he will “make a deal” with the violent protestors, whether it is in the best interests of those the people of NYC or not.

This was tried in the sixties and seventies to great success. Lots of dollars went into well-connected pockets and we can see the results today. Hizzoner can add a foot-washing station to City Hall for worship/photo-op convenience. They can expand ‘youth leagues’ to include seniors on social security so that no basketball game is missed. Have the city pay all bail so that bail bondsman don’t go out of business. Purchase firearms for the youths so they don’t feel deprived. Maybe team up with old Fast and Furious officials to get tips?

ScottTheEngineer | June 8, 2020 at 9:48 am

They’ll come down to paying people not to riot and raising taxes on the victims of rioters to pay for it.

Let’s start by cutting the Mayor’s security detail and making him pay for ordering police to drive his son to college and help his daughter move to a new apartment.

2smartforlibs | June 8, 2020 at 10:13 am

Fuhrer your just looking to get people killed.

JackinSilverSpring | June 8, 2020 at 10:22 am

Smart folks should start leaving. Unfortunately they will bring their voting patterns that led to this nonsense to wherever they move.

broomhandle | June 8, 2020 at 10:23 am

So next time I am intimidated or attacked on the subway by a local gorilla, a Community Ambasador will tell me how the gorilla “feels” about what my whiteness has done to him and how I can apologize.

Incident in Seattle. fox reporter describing a mob attacking a motorist in his car, in the street: ‘A protestor was shot…’ We can’t keep accepting this propaganda. The guy who got shot was violently attacking the driver. I have little doubt they were going to Reginald Denny him. A more factual headline: ‘Driver defends himself against a violent, deadly criminal mob illegally swarming Seattle streets.’ We can’t let the left Newspeak us into their little boxes, and this includes fox news now. Sad.

    iconotastic in reply to CKYoung. | June 8, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    The driver had an odd setup for his pistol though. Two extended magazines, one taped to the protruding portion of the installed extended magazine, It appeared as though he was ‘ready’ for a large shootout. Yet he only shot the ‘protestor’ attacking him through the window, then abandoned the vehicle and surrendered to police. Also, when walking away demonstrated good trigger safety.

    All in all a pretty odd situation.

      CKYoung in reply to iconotastic. | June 8, 2020 at 10:45 pm

      Icon, I agree some of it does seem unusual. However, my take on it is the driver has training and has mentally practiced scenarios, including this one. Abandoning the car is an easy call. Some people get anchored to a piece of property. This driver obviously wasn’t going to risk being killed defending the car. The magazine setup is a practical choice. The more rounds one can carry the better, and the quicker the mag changes the better. Only shooting the direct threat shows training and mental conditioning. Same with quickly locating/surrendering to the police. I’m guessing his statement will be similar to: “I was in fear for my life. I used the minimal amount of force possible to save myself. All I wanted to do was live long enough to get to the police officers nearby.” I’m glad the driver made it out alive. Honestly, I’m also glad the guy he shot will survive as well. Maybe he’ll come out of this wiser and with a better understanding that not everyone is a sheep.

LeftWingLock | June 8, 2020 at 11:03 am

If there are fewer police on the street, there will be fewer crimes reported. Hence, the crime rate will go down. If we could just get rid of ALL police, then the crime rate would go to zero.

On a positive note, NYC will become such a shit-hole the United Nations will probably move its headquarters to Europe.

healthguyfsu | June 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm

With their catch and release program, this is just a marvelous idea.

I love this blog because its one of the few left that is not only intellectually honest but logical. Many of y’all are lawyers and I enjoy the education I get from your insight and knowledge.

I’m a social worker with the juvenile court and have worked in juvenile justice since ’97. Folks I work with are not leftist but far leftist who preach an ideology of democratic socialism that’s frightening. When each new initiative fails the excuse is never the responsibility of the youth or family but how we didn’t do enough to reach them or make them whole. We provide counseling referrals, medical and dental referrals, subsistence referrals, educational intervention, job training and placement, mediation services, restorative justice outreach, art outreach and so much more. Our programming has been recognized for the progressive nature of assessment services and desire to keep cases from going before a judge. We accept disparited impact as near religion. Yet. . . in a city of over 270,000 we see the same youth for the same offenses time and time again. I carry a caseload that’s now approaching 60 and I know that filing a violation with the court for a failed drug screen, missed community corrections ping (GPS), missed counseling appointment and so on will result in pretty much nothing but two hours of my day lost filing out paperwork and going to a hearing.

I’ve watched this for decades as we try “new” approaches; positive peer culture, “Bridges out of Poverty”, Restorative Justice Circle, Community Court, Multisystemic Therapy, Comorbidity Treatment, Family Reconciliation, Teen Court, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity diversion, Community Ambassadors and so much more. They’re all a little different from the last but share the same ideological framework; “if only society would fix poverty, poor educational institutions and support families life would be wonderful”. I agree there are always things to improve but when we demand little from the client / stakeholders there can’t truly be “change”.

My family are all from Appalachia (Middlesbrough, KY and Franklin, TN). We were coal miners and moonshiners. Mom left school in the sixth grade. I joined the US Army and never considered college as an option, we weren’t those type. I got pushed into thinking beyond myself by my OIC (Maj. Vince Maga) who gave me the book “God and Man at Yale” by Buckley. I devoured it and felt, “I want that”! I left the military and became the first person in my family ever to enroll and graduate college.

Today. . . .I see the “do-gooders” saying essentially the same things with the same rationals and speaking poetically about the grand outcomes that they’ve been saying since I arrived in this field. Minneapolis, the place that launched the protest, was once the gold standard for progressive / forward / rehabilitative care within juvenile court; I know, I was sent there in ’99 for six weeks of training with Hennipen County on the treatment if sex offenders. Yet here we are, once again, progressive leaders telling us how we must change and never acknowledging they’ve already been the vanguard of change and it’s been abysmal failure. Sonetimes I think back to my time in the military and wonder when the adults will come into the room. Then I realize, they’re already there they just lack the honesty of true research based interventions and are unable to be serious about culture, crime, poverty or family dynamics. So, I guess here we go again and after the great roll out of iniatives, the millions spent on new training and the horrible days of conference buffets we’ll charge forward with hope even if the outcome is predictable.

Sorry for the rant. Have a great day.

Comanche Voter | June 8, 2020 at 12:35 pm

The Journal–and other news sources, say there has been a run on houses in Connecticut and outer Long Island. Folks move to the suburbs, and accept the commute into Manhattan, to avoid the garbage that’s going down now. Good schools, no riots–some nice landscaping—what’s not to like? Well the train ride in to town, but otherwise it’s all good.

Guys, this is counterintuitive but good news in disguise.

NYC and LA Mayors are publicly pledged to remove funds from their police and distribute the funds to touchy feely social work. This is likely to fail.

Minneapolis, so far, is the only city whose council has pledged to ‘defund’ and abolish their police. Replaced with what isn’t precisely clear. Also going to fail.

This is the laboratory of democracy in action. They were elected by the voters. They can make foolish decisions.

The rest of the nation can observe and learn from these very public mistakes. We are under no obligation to allow our elected officials to repeat them.

These public errors will continue to scare soft supporters of PDJT, independent voters and more than a few d voters who are watching their party being hijacked by extremists. This is yet another way in which ‘this is how you get more PDJT’.

    randian in reply to CommoChief. | June 8, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    Unfortunately we get at most another 4 years of PJDT, and I expect everything he has accomplished will be overturned in the first term of his successor, Democrat or Republican.

      CommoChief in reply to randian. | June 8, 2020 at 1:54 pm


      Not the Judicial appointments. Not the many agency appointments. Nor is a second term PDJT likely to be willingly constrained as he allowed in the first three years of this term.

      IMO, anyone looking closely can already see the difference in his aggressive actions of 2020 as contrasted with the first three years of his current term.

      This doesn’t include the potential of the HoR to flip. If that happens…..well there will be many more opportunities for legislative action without the current nipping at his heels from d HoR committee chairs.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to randian. | June 8, 2020 at 3:47 pm

      WHAT? You didn’t read that small that often overlooked clause in the Constitution that says any president who has to put up with a coup during their Administration gets to have as many extra terms as they want. Just ask the FDR family.

Perhaps he can put his lovely wife in charge. She is good with money.

“Bring community voices into senior level of NYPD” = “make looking the other way when favored racial and religious groups commit crime official NYPD policy”.

NYC’s budget is $100B? That’s crazy, it’s more than the state government budget of 46 states, and by itself is equal to 4/7 of NY’s state budget.

VaGentleman | June 8, 2020 at 2:20 pm

Other measures included shifting smaller responsibilities, such as street vendor enforcement, away from the NYPD and hiring “community ambassadors” to connect police departments and local communities.

I love it. Eventually every citizen will have his own private, ‘ambassador’ to help him interface with the nanny state. Concierge service for all.

Eugene Volokh says this is all a subsidy to the private security industry, which is going to see a boom in business from anyone who can afford its services. The rest of us are just SOL.

Meanwhile playgrounds in NYC remain closed despite the obvious hypocrisy.

BierceAmbrose | June 8, 2020 at 7:26 pm

It’s easier for people to remember who got them their cut if they’re handed a check with your logo on it.

And they say DeBoBo is stupid. Depends on what you think he’s trying to do.

Remember oblunders “civilian” force? Federalize the local police and take the responsibility from local communities and install your own army of killers.
That seems to be the goal of the fascist dems.

Not that it makes any difference…I wonder how much of the police budget is made up of Federal Funds?

New Yorkers deserve the misery this freak is doling out.

They really deserve it.