New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday presented an $85.2 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year — reflecting a 14 percent hike over the $75 billion budget the Democrat enacted when he took office three years ago.
The fiscal blueprint, the basics of which were released late Friday night in the City Hall rotunda in Manhattan, contains $23 million to eliminate a waitlist for home care, weekend meals for the elderly, and boost rates paid to senior centers; $25 million for property tax exceptions for veterans deployed to war, which would average about $443 a year for about 56,000 people; $7.2 million for an emergency food program; and $110 million for library capital projects.
Details about the biggest ticket items were not immediately released Friday evening.
The budget does not fund lawyers for immigrants living in the country illegally who are convicted of the 170 most serious crimes, such as murder, and who are facing deportation. The City Council wanted lawyers for that group, but the mayor does not, and the issue remains unresolved. Prospective deportees convicted of other crimes will get lawyers under the budget.
The budget increases reserves by $300 million, to $9.6 billion, for contingencies, according to City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan), including looming cuts from the federal government under President Donald Trump.
De Blasio said the budget team was tasked with “constantly being prepared for what may lay ahead.”
“It’s an X factor in Washington,” de Blasio said.