Proposed Budget Cuts to City Agencies in the FY20 and FY21 Executive Budget

Mayor Bill de Blaio in reaction to the loss of income to the city, and the cost of COVID-19 has proposed the following cuts to the New York City agencies for Fiscal Year 2020 and Fiscal Year 2021.

The budget, which addresses serious revenue shortfalls, prioritizes protecting health, safety, shelter and access to food for all New Yorkers.

The $89.3 billion Executive Budget is balanced and was crafted in light of immense fiscal hardship. Facing a $7.4 billion tax revenue hit across FY20 and FY21, the Administration achieved an unprecedented level of savings and took down reserves. These actions reduced the budget by $3.4 billion, or 3.7%, compared to the FY20 Budget that was adopted in June 2019.

“Our top priorities are simple: we will keep people safe, protect their health, make sure there is a roof over their head and that food is on their table,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “


Fair student funding reduction prioritizing schools that already have over 100% (DOE) – $100M in FY21

Operational savings in training, overtime, and materials at schools, central and field due to school building closures (DOE) – $100M in FY20

Professional Development reduction (DOE) – $67M in FY21 and outyears

Cuts to Summer in the City, Single Shepherd, College Access for All (DOE) $49M in FY21 and outyears

Delay in 3K Expansion to districts in 1, 12, 14, and 29 (DOE) – $43M in FY21

Reducing the ATR pool by implementing a non-ATR hiring freeze (DOE) – $40M in FY21 and outyears

Temporary reduction of School Allocation Memoranda, which provides schools with funding to implement programming (DOE) – $40M in FY21

Temporary delay of new cohort of freshmen for CUNY ASAP program (CUNY) $20M in FY21

Contract and supply reductions associated with arts programming in middle and high schools (DOE) – $15.5M in FY21 and outyears

Savings from delayed installation of air conditioners (DOE) – $10M in FY21

Monthly MetroCard underutilization for remaining 2 months of academic year (CUNY) – $6.8M in FY20

Eliminate District/Charter Partnerships program – $4.4M in FY21 and outyears

Eliminate supplies and materials used in Civics for All curriculum and programming (DOE) – $3.8M in FY21 and outyears

Adjustments to SONYC Afterschool budget (DOE) – $5M in FY21 and outyears

Savings achieved from anticipated low summer enrollment in CUNY Start Math program (CUNY) – $800K in FY20 and $1.6M in FY21

Scaling down contracts, technology curriculum and health education certification programming for teachers (DOE) – $1.8M in FY21 and outyears

Health and Social Services

Temporary suspension of Summer Youth Employment Program (DYCD) – $124M over FY20- 21

Fair Fares decline in ridership as a result of COVID-19 (DSS) – $65.5M in FY20

Suspend summer programming, including COMPASS, Beacons, and Cornerstones due to school closures (DYCD) – $55M in FY21

Reduction in price for hotel rooms due to decreased demand (DSS) – $35M in FY21 and outyears

Adjustments to DHS security budget to more accurately reflect need (DSS) – $25M in FY21 and outyears

Adjustments to Access to Counsel budget to more accurately reflect spending (DSS) – $20M over FY20-21

Re-estimate of funding needed to support City’s contracted non-profit administrative costs(multiple agencies) – $20M in FY20

Delayed ramp up on contracted mobile treatment teams due to State Medicaid cuts (Thrive/DOHMH) – $10M over FY20-21

School Mental Health Consultant Program – this need is covered by increased clinical capacity in schools added as part of FY20 Adoption (Thrive/DOHMH) – $1.2M FY20 and $1.2M in FY21

Slow implementation of citywide crisis response teams – this need is covered in part by increasing mobile crisis teams and mobile treatment teams (Thrive/DOHMH) – $10M over FY20-21

Office of Labor Relations BeWell Program adjustment (Thrive/OLR) – $500K in FY20

Cancelation of upcoming Summer SONYC (DYCD) – $6M in FY21

Re-estimate of number of Close to Home beds due to underutilization (ACS) – $3.7M in FY20 and $4.5M in FY21 and outyears

Rightsizing Job Training Program due to COVID-19 (DSS) – $3.2M in FY20 and $6M in FY21 and outyears

Client carfare underspending due to low usage during COVID-19 (DSS) – $6M over FY20 and FY21

Law Enforcement and Training

Hiring delays of non-safety civilian titles (NYPD) – $6.8M in FY20 and $4M in FY21

Delay implementation of non-essential training (FDNY) – $3.25M in FY20 and $3.25M in FY21

Attrition of 100 traffic enforcement agent positions (non-moving violations only) dedicated to intersection control (NYPD) – $4M in FY20

Procurement delays tied to operational challenges from COVID-19 (MOCJ) – $420K in FY20 and $2.7M in FY21

Redeployment of training academy staff as a result of declining population at Rikers (DOC) – $400K in FY20 and $2.6M in FY21

Adjustment to support services budget due to decline in population at Rikers (DOC) – $400K in FY20 and $2.8M in FY21

Delayed April NYPD Cadet class until July due to training restrictions from COVID-19 (NYPD) – $1.1M IN FY20

Delayed April NYPD Officer class until July due to training restrictions from COVID-19 (NYPD) – $9.6M IN FY20

Facility closures, post reductions at Horizons and OT reductions (DOC) – $100M in FY21; $144M FY22 and outyears

Temporary Suspension of Fly Car Program to maximize transport capacity (FDNY) – $28M in FY21

Infrastructure and Transportation

One-time Water Authority cash infusion to stabilize City budget in light of COVID-19 crisis (DEP) – $128M in FY20

Delay implementation of parking meter upgrades for pay by plate (DOT) – $3.7M in FY20 and $3.2M in FY21

Postpone Placard Abuse Enforcement Team (DOT) – $400K in FY20 and $800K in FY21 and outyears

Delay in Rollout of Better Bus Initiative tied to COVID-19 operational restraints and traffic easing (DOT) – $2.7M in FY20 and $5.7M in FY21

Reduce overnight Staten Island ferry service because of reduced demand – $600K in FY20 and $4.9M in FY21

Reduce funding for Vision Zero public awareness campaign – $1M in FY20 and $2M in FY21

Delayed implementation of Green Wave plan – $1.5M in FY20 and $1.5M in FY21

Housing and Economic Development

Additional penalty revenue from hazardous violations (DOB) – $12M in FY21

Utilize Battery Park City Authority Housing Trust Fund proceeds for housing activities (HPD) – $3M in FY20 and $6M in FY21

Contract delays associated with waterfront and building codes – $4.3M in FY21

Postpone City-funded portion of the anti-Graffiti Program (EDC) – $3M in FY21 and outyears

Use EDC funding to support city planning studies – $3M in FY21


Snow Savings (DSNY) – $52M in FY20

Temporary Suspension of Organics Program and Organics Processing (DSNY) – $21M in FY21

Temporary suspension of community composting subsidy (DSNY) – $3.5M in FY21

Suspend E-Waste Collection (manufacturers still mandated to collect) (DSNY) – $3.4M in FY21 and outyears

Reduce dedicated weekday basket truck service (DSNY) – $2.5M in FY21 and outyears

Temporary suspension of SAFE Events and Special Waste sites (DSNY) – $2.2M in FY21

Reduction in funding for recycling outreach programs (DSNY) – $2.9M in FY21 and outyears

Eliminate 4th Day Curbside Collection in Rat Zones – utilization has been low on 4th days – $1.5M in FY21 and outyears

Reduce Brooklyn North Cleaning – no evidence this increase has improved cleanliness – $1.2M in FY21 and outyears

Reduce Sunday and Holiday Basket Service – reduced usage currently $1.7M in FY21 and outyears

Reduce Highway Cleaning – $133K in FY20


Delays in seasonal spending – $5M in FY20 and $6M in FY21

Closing all outdoor pools for the 2020 season (late June to Labor Day) given COVID-19 – $12M in FY21

Delay purchases of non-critical, non COVID-19 items – $10M in FY20 and $1.5M in FY21

Reductions to tree and sidewalks programs given delays to non-essential work – $6M in FY21

Reduction in Tree Pruning – contract reduction (retaining in-house emergency capacity) $3M in FY21

Reduction of Tree Stump Removal Program – contract reduction – $1M in FY21

Suspension of 1,000 summer camp slots run by Parks Department for the 2020 season- $0.6M in FY21

 Others/Administrative Agencies

Federal and State Reimbursements – $180M in FY20

Hiring Freeze and Vacancy Reductions across multiple agencies – $106M over FY20-21

Contract underspending, lease savings, IT and media savings across multiple agencies – $85M over FY20-21

Savings from delay in April Election (BOE) – $31M in FY20

Heat, Light and Power Savings – $20M over FY20-21

Personnel accruals, supplies and materials savings at Campaign Finance Board – $6M in FY20

Revenue from civil service exams fees, real property income expense statement filings, court fees, auction proceeds – $12M over FY20-21

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