The Board of Estimate and Apportionment has agreed with my plan to put an additional 42 police officers on the streets — replacing officers who retire or resign next year. Because of its tight budget, the Police Department had not planned to replace those officers.
Nothing is more important than strong, safe neighborhoods. In the last four years, we have made great progress. Our police department is more effective. Response times are improving. City government and the police department are working as a team. Our prosecutor is aggressively putting criminals behind bars. As a result, residents and visitors feel safer, more people are moving into the City, and property values are on the rise.
The E&A budget is now on its way to the Board of Aldermen for their consideration.