The City Council has passed a $98.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2022—the largest in the City’s history—buoyed by $14 billion in Federal aid. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Johnson hailed the budget as a significant investment in New York City’s recovery. The budget restores many City programs to pre-pandemic levels and makes further investments, particularly in education. It also includes funding for the City’s vaccination campaign, the life sciences industry, and mental health programs like crisis response and mobile treatment teams.
City Leaders Agree on $98.7 Billion “Recovery Budget”
July 7, 2021
Mayoral, City Council Primaries Fast Approaching
The New York City political class is focused on the June 22 Democratic primaries for Mayor and City Council—the first that will let voters rank candidates by order of preference. The general election will take place on November 2. While polls show that a plurality or majority of voters are undecided about who the next...
April 28, 2021
Council Looks at Green Buildings Law
The New York City Council Environmental Protection Committee and Capital Budget Subcommittee held a joint oversight hearing on Monday on Local Law 97, which limits large buildings’ carbon emissions and issues penalties for exceeding them. The hearing focused on the City’s effort to implement the law and its portfolio of buildings. Melanie La Rocca, Commissioner...
April 9, 2021
City Council Looks at Health Budget Issues
The City Council recently examined health, mental health, and hospital-related issues in budget hearings. During the Committee on Health and Committee on Mental Health joint hearing on March 15, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Dave Chokshi, MD, highlighted the de Blasio Administration’s opposition to potential State budget cuts to public health and mental...
March 29, 2021