NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council agreed Thursday on a $75 billion budget proposal that adheres to a liberal view of government involvement to improve the lives of the less fortunate.
De Blasio, just shy of completing his first six months in office, became the first Democrat in nearly 20 years to capture City Hall with a campaign based on a pledge to combat the growing income inequality in the nation’s largest city. The deal struck with the council, led by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a Democrat and mayoral ally, avoids any city worker layoffs or tax hikes and increases spending to schools and social services but does not include the council recommendation to hire 1,000 new police officers. It includes measures to provide free lunches for all public middle school students.
“A budget agreement is where rhetoric meets the road — and we’ve delivered a fiscally responsible, progressive and honest budget that will have an enormous impact on New Yorkers across the five boroughs, while protecting our City’s fiscal health,” de Blasio said in a news release. “This is one of the earliest agreements in recent history — a result of the productive dynamic we’ve developed with the Council that ends the cynical budget dance and delivers results for New Yorkers.”