Breaking Down Mayor de Blasio's First Budget
Friday, June 20, 2014
Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council agreed Thursday on a $75 billion budget proposal, built on increased tax revenue, that doesn't include city worker layoffs or tax hikes. The deal includes $32 million to aid inmates with mental illness and more than $19 million to security in the public housing system. There are also plans to provide free lunches for all public middle school students. The budget does not include money for the 1,000 new police officers proposed by the council. WNYC reporter Jessica Gould and Metro Editor David Lewis discuss what's in and what's out of the budget. Plus: what the announced $40m settlement in the "Central Park Five" case means.