New York City Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo released the following statement after Harlem Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and members of the New York City Council reached an early agreement on Wednesday with Mayor Bill de Blasio on a balanced FY2017 budget.
“I want to thank Harlem Speaker Mark-Viverito and Finance Committee Chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland for their leadership throughout the budget process. I am so incredibly proud of the critical funding that the City Council and de Blasio Administration was able to secure in the fiscal year 2017 budget to meet the needs of our youth, seniors, and families who depend on summer youth employment, after school programming, public libraries, food pantries, and supportive services,” said Council Member Cumbo.
The fiscal year 2017 budget marks significant increases in funding from fiscal year 2016 for vital programs and services that will benefit more than 8.4 million New Yorkers.
Summer Youth Employment
- $3 million in additional funding for Vision Zero public outreach campaigns;
- $1.7 million to extend beach and pool season one week past Labor Day at a variety of beaches and pools citywide;
- $17.5 million in FY17 for 26,000 summer seats for middle school youth.
- $17.6 million in FY17 to provide elementary after-school programming for 9,000 children.
- $1.8 million in baselined funding for senior case management, aimed at addressing the waitlist for the Department for the Aging’s case management program, which provides support to 20,000 low-income and homebound seniors.