Council Speaker Corey Johnson calls for $1 billion NYPD budget cut

Speaker Corey Johnson and seven other City Council leaders firmly embraced the “Defund Police” movement Friday, calling for $1 billion in cuts to the NYPD’s $6 billion budget.

He was joined by Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo (D-Brooklyn), Democratic Conference Chair Robert Cornegy (D-Brooklyn), co-chairs of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus I. Daneek Miller (D-Queens) and Adrienne Adams (D-Queens), as well as Finance Committee Chair Daniel Dromm (D-Queens), Capital Budget Subcommittee Chair Vanessa Gibson (D-Bronx), and Public Safety Committee Chair Donovan Richards (D-Queens).

“There is no doubt that this is an ambitious goal, but it is one that the time we are in calls for — both here in New York City and nationwide,” the elected officials said.


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