NYC’s FY21 budget was voted on June 30 and despite several weeks of protest around the country and in New York City calling for defunding the Police, only nine council members among 51 wanted more cuts to the 6 billion NYPD budget and voted against it. Among those nine council members were only one Black woman, Inez Barron, and one Black man Donovan J. Richards.
Those nine council members are:
• Inez Barron represents the 42nd Council District which includes East New York, New Lots, Remsen Village, Spring Creek, Starrett City
• Carlina Rivera represents the 2nd Council District which includes the diverse neighborhoods of the East Village, Flatiron, Gramercy Park, Rose Hill, Kips Bay, Murray Hill, and the Lower East Side
• Ben Kallos represents the 5th Council District which includes the Upper East Side, Midtown East, Roosevelt Island and East Harlem
• Jimmy Van Bramer represents the 26th Council District which includes Sunnyside, Woodside, Long Island City, Astoria, Dutch Kills
• Donovan J. Richards represents the 31st Council District which includes Arverne, Brookville, Edgemere, Far Rockaway, Laurelton, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens
• Antonio Reynoso represents the 34th Council District which includes Williamsburg, Bushwick, Ridgewood
• Carlos Menchaca represents the 38th Council District which includes Red Hook, Sunset Park, Greenwood Heights and portions of Windsor Terrace, Dyker Heights, and Boro Park
• Brad Lander represents the 39th Council District which includes Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Waterfront, Gowanus, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, Kensington
• Helen Rosenthal represents the 6th Council District which includes Central Park, Lincoln Square, Upper West Side, Clinton
Our very own council member, Bill Perkins, representing Central Harlem, voted “Yes,” among other council members with large representations of Black and brown New Yorkers who are the most impacted by police brutality.