The New York Democrat added: "It does not mean counting overtime cuts as cuts, even as NYPD ignores every attempt by City Council to curb overtime spending and overspends on overtime anyways.it does not mean hiring more police officers while cutting more than $800M from NYC schools".
"I know that there are many who are disappointed", he said before the vote. "And they don't have police roaming around their neighborhoods".
The vote did little to assuage the demonstrators, however, many of whom said they meant to stay outside City Hall indefinitely.
"In a moment when New Yorkers, with the entire nation, are demanding a reimagining of public safety, a reckoning with systemic injustices and inequities, the city falls far short with a budget that misses the moment of need", he said.More news: 4th of July 2020 Full Moon Is A Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
"I don't want anyone to misunderstand and think that we don't care and that we have not been working our behinds off to get to a place of equity", while ensuring communities "are not left behind with crime, violence, illegal guns in our communities, no programs, no activities, and no hope for a better tomorrow", Gibson said. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Education's budget so the exact same police remain in schools.
Money would go instead to education, social services in communities hit hard by the virus, and summer youth programmes for more than 100,000 people.
But some other members said the budget proposal didn't dig deep enough into police spending. Critics argued the DOE was already sending hundreds of millions of dollars to the NYPD for the school safety officers and is now simply going to run the program it already pays for. The city has about 5,300 civilian school safety agents. "The NYPD always fights back", Mr.de Blasio said.
The annual budget for NY has been slashed from $93 billion past year to $88 billion due to the COVID-19 outbreak that has crippled the Big Apple's economy.More news: European police crack encrypted phones, arrest hundreds
"Defund the police" has become a rallying cry of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations that erupted following the killing in custody of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.
The city budget totaled almost $93 billion when passed last June.
The City Council said the budget included an effort to reduce overtime pay by $352 million, although previous efforts to cap NYPD overtime have failed.More news: Aamir Khan's staff test positive for coronavirus