New $74 billion De Blasio budget recommits to progressive agenda

de blasio budget
Mayor Bill de Blasio reveals more details in his executive budget on Thursday at City Hall.
Credit: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office

More details behind Mayor Bill de Blaiso’s first ever budget came out on Thursday as he released his $73.9 billion executive budget.

Much like during his preliminary budget release in February, the new mayor framed his administration’s financial goals as ones centered around a responsible, honest and progressive budget.

“There is nothing unprogressive about being fiscally prudent,” de Blasio said, harkening back to his long-standing commitment to reduce New York City’s income inequality. “In fact, it’s necessary.”

De Blasio described the city’s economy as generally strong, crediting predecessor former Mayor Michael Bloomberg for diversifying the economy. He also noted that the city had mostly rebounded from the 2008 economic collapse to make the case for cautious optimism.

Much of the mayor’s optimism for the city’s economy rests on his progressive priorities, including his battle for universal prekindergarten and his recently unveiled plan for affordable housing.

The prekindergarten program is slated to receive $300 million for the next fiscal year, and $340 for the following. On top of its broader goals on affordable housing released Monday, the administration said it would commit $70 to the Housing Authority to address the repair backlog and improve security within public housing.

On Vision Zero, the administration’s plan to eliminate pedestrian deaths, will see some $28.8 million designated towards speed cameras, slow zones and intersection redesigns. NYPD would receive $13 million towards its own traffic initiatives.

De Blasio said the budget was also drafted in a way to lessen financial burdens on small businesses, projecting fines collected by the Department of Health and the Department of Consumer Affairs to decrease to $789 million — an 8 percent drop from 2012 levels.

“This is about stabilizing small business and helping small business to create more jobs,” de Blasio said.

The mayor also announced a $226 million commitment to repair 1,000 lane miles around the city, and another $346 million towards marinating and rehabilitating local bridges.

The budget also allocates $110 million that will be spread out over three years to repair two as-of-yet unidentified New York Police Department precincts and build a new station house for the Bronx’s 40th Precinct.

And while the three precincts might get an upgrade, the mayor pushed back on a City Council-driven initiative to hire 1,000 new officers. De Blaiso told reporters that he understood the Council’s request was “heartfelt” but that the administration was confident it could do without more cops on the beat.

In response, Bronx City Councilwoman and Public Safety Committee Chair Vanessa Gibson called today’s announcement an “opening chapter and that she was hopeful “the administration will see the urgency of adding additional police to address the public safety needs of communities throughout the city.”

Follow Chester Jesus Soria on Twitter @chestersoria


Turkey: Voting begins in country's first direct presidential…

Some 53 million people are able to vote in the election, including 2.8 million citizens abroad. Until now, Turkish presidents were elected by parliament.


Libya seeks ceasefire as south Tripoli a militia…

By Patrick Markey and Aziz El YaakoubiTRIPOLI (Reuters) - Black plumes of smoke marked shell blasts and bulldozed earthen barricades mapped out the frontlines around…

Breaking: News

Russia mad about sanctions, says U.S. contributing to…

Russia reacted angrily on Saturday to additional sanctions imposed by the European Union over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, saying they would hamper cooperation…


Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking


'Game of Thrones' livens up Comic Con with…

By Piya Sinha-RoySAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Laughter and death did battle on Friday at HBO's "Game of Thrones" panel at Comic Con, one of the…


Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.


Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…


Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

U.S. Soccer

Orlando City takes shot at NYCFC over Frank…

Orlando City reminded the world how big a signing Brazilian star Kaka earlier this month with a photo of Kaka mobbed by fans juxtaposed against Lampard.


Jeremy Lin says 'Linsanity' is over as he…

Jeremy Lin lit up the NBA two years ago with his play for the Knicks but he has no desire to recreate "Linsanity" in his new career with the Lakers.


2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…


Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.


Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.


Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.


Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.