NY Daily News
NYC Council members who voted against this year’s budget — which
activists decried as failing to go far enough on police reform — got the
short end of the stick on funding for their districts from Council
Speaker Corey Johnson, the Daily News has found.
The 17 “no” votes each received an average of seven times less
discretionary and capital funding from Johnson than 30 “yes” votes.
The more than $300 million in cash, which is buried in budget
documents, goes to everything from local nonprofits to school
auditoriums and is seen as a way for the speaker to reward allies and
As the controversial budget passed at the end of June, Johnson took an apologetic tone. He noted shortcomings in answering demands
that arose from recent anti-police-brutality protests sparked by the
May 25 death of Black Minneapolis man George Floyd at the hands of a
white police officer.
everyone who is disappointed that we did not go farther ... I am
disappointed, as well,” he said.
“But this budget process involves the
mayor, who was not budging more than what we got, and 49 other Council
members currently, many of whom were not open or supportive to the kind
of cuts that I was pushing for.”
However, members who voted in favor of the budget received the biggest allocations from Johnson.
Councilwoman Adrienne Adams (D-Queens) got $21,697,000; Councilman Mark
Treyger (D-Brooklyn), $18,395,000; and Council Majority Leader Laurie
Cumbo (D-Brooklyn), $16,025,000.
The rebels, many of whose stances were known as Johnson’s office
finalized the budget in the days before the vote, received far less.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Queens) got $736,000; Councilwomen
Carlina Rivera (D-Manhattan) and Helen Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), $225,000
each; and Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn), $125,000. Councilman
Carlos Menchaca (D-Brooklyn) got a big fat zero from Johnson, though his
name was on one line item shared with Councilman Antonio Reynoso