The City Council is expected to “roll over” and allow most if not all of the controversial budget cuts proposed by Mayor Eric Adams, sources predicted Sunday.
The newly unveiled 2024 financial plan from City Hall would shrink the police department and slash funding to schools, cultural institutions and libraries — supposedly due to the increasing cost of housing migrants.
Brooklyn Councilman Sal Albanese blasted proposed cuts and implored the Council to “get a spine.”
“They are going to roll over. They are going to opt to do nothing and blame the mayor for the cuts,” Albanese said. “I’m urging them to get a spine. That’s a lot to ask for from the City Council.”
The former mayoral candidate suggested that council members may be protecting legislative grants — “member items” — that they steer to pet programs in their districts.
“Unbelievably the @NYCCouncil in June touted & spent a ton of $ on ‘member items’ without considering that the fiscal house of NYC was on very shaky grounds,” Albanese said on X. “Of course irresponsible politics is more important than fiscal prudence.”
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