July 1, 2021

BMC Statement on NY City Council Passing FY22 Budget

July 1, 2021

New York, NY - In response to the NY City Council passing the $98 billion FY22 budget yesterday, Brooklyn Movement Center Executive Director Mark Winston Griffith released the following statement:

“Today the City Council passed a $98 billion FY22 budget that increases the NYPD budget and does little to end the community safety crisis that has plagued Black residents in Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights, Brownsville and the surrounding area throughout the pandemic. Central Brooklynites are looking for answers to crises of mental health, youth development, unemployment, housing, food security, and gun violence, problems that so far have not been solved by increasing NYC’s already bloated $6 billion policing budget.”

“Thank you to Councilmembers Antonio Reynoso, Brad Lander, Inez Barron, and Jimmy Van Beamer for voting to support increasing community safety resources to underfunded neighborhoods instead of the NYPD for two years in a row. While many other councilmembers celebrated basic restorations of Mayor de Blasio’s budget cuts, these four councilmembers held the line that Black, Latinx and other communities of color need increased social services more than NYPD funding coming out of a pandemic.”

“Black Brooklynites deserve more than lip service on neighborhood violence. We deserve Councilmembers who will stand up for what all of us need to thrive, including a vision of community safety free of police violence. As the political landscape shifts citywide, we hope the incoming January 2022 City Council class has what this current Council largely lacks—the political courage to fight for and fund true solutions to safety beyond policing.” 

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Brooklyn Movement Center

The Brooklyn Movement Center (the “MC”) is a membership-led, direct-action, community organizing body based in Central Brooklyn (Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights and the surrounding area). We bring together residents to identify important issues in their lives, win concrete improvements in their community, and build power. The Brooklyn MC is staffed by local organizers, supported by volunteers, governed by a community-based board of directors, and guided by an advisory group made up of activists and organizers from across the city

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