There’s been much attention over the past year to how much the city spends on the police department. But policing is only one part, albeit a large one, of a bigger system that includes the courts, detention & related functions. We look at the full cost of the justice system and how much it has grown
PRELIMINARY BUDGET FOCUS: Under the Governor’s budget plan, state aid to NYC schools would grow next year. But the outlook for school aid is complicated by an influx of federal pandemic school aid and the Governor’s proposed restructuring and reductions of school support from Albany.
NYC is set to receive $7.3b in federal education aid from the 2 most recent stimulus acts, the CRRSA & ARPA. IBO details their planned uses and examines how much is budgeted for initiatives that will likely continue after federal funding stops.
In 2016, the Mayor and City Council provided the libraries with a substantial hike in their subsidies with the aim of increasing public access and use of the more than 200 library branches across the five boroughs. How well have those goals been met?
For many years, the city’s capital plans, which outline when funds for capital projects will be committed, have been substantially front-loaded with much of the funds slotted for the first year of each four-year plan—even though it was unlikely funds could or would be committed in that timeframe.
NYC BY THE NUMBERS: The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a surge in unemployment and an increase in government assistance, including cash assistance grants. How much have New York city’s cash assistance rolls grown in recent months?
FOCUS ON THE PRELIMINARY BUDGET: Over the past year, shifts in the composition of the city’s homeless population, increased spending on rental assistance, and pandemic-related aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency have altered the city’s costs for providing shelter for the homeless.
The city’s public housing authority has to deal with removing lead paint, fixing broken elevators, a backlog of thousands of other repairs—and growing budget gaps. See the details on the housing authority’s fiscal challenges.
This brief, which was commissioned by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs’ Office of Financial Empowerment, examines both sides of people's balance sheets; that is, both their savings and debt levels.
While lead paint is the primary source of exposure to lead in New York City, tap water can also be a source of lead—and many privately owned small residential buildings in the city have plumbing that contains a much higher level of lead than is allowed in new construction today.
Letter advising that OLR has nothing to report re: Charter § 219(d), requiring each agency to prepare and submit periodic reports in regard to the progress of its capital projects; and Charter § 222(a) requiring a report on the proposed scope of capital projects or explanation of any delay.