CCC Applauds New York City Council’s Response to the CFY’23 Preliminary Budget


April 6, 2022

CCC applauds the City Council’s response to the Mayor’s Preliminary Budget for the City Fiscal Year 2023. The Council’s response calls for significant and necessary investments to ensure New York’s children, families, and communities recover and thrive. 

We were pleased to see the Council call for investments that lift incomes of early educators and the human services workforce and support working parents. Council priorities would baseline $30 million for preschool special education and invest $21 million to bring early childhood directors and assistant directors to long overdue parity with their DOE counterparts. We also applaud the Council’s commitment to advancing and baselining $60 million to support a 4% COLA for human services workers who have played such a central role in the pandemic response. 

The Council’s response also recognizes the family homelessness crisis and advances a multipronged approach that calls for full funding of rental assistance programs and the City FHEPS voucher rate increase, as well as expands access to HPD’s homeless set asides and supportive housing placements to domestic violence survivors. The Council proposes hiring an additional 100 shelter-based community coordinators to help address the educational needs of students living in homeless shelters. Important attention is also paid to the needs of youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness through proposed investments in shelter beds for runaway and homeless youth and by ensuring supportive housing can be accessed by youth aging out of foster care.  

The Council also advances strength-based approaches to community safety by expanding restorative justice practices in schools; increasing rates of reimbursement for essential youth-serving programs such as Beacons, Cornerstones, and COMPASS; investing in year-round employment opportunities for youth via Work, Learn, & Grow; expanding access to community-based evening recreational programs; and proposing deeper investments in community-rooted violence interruption initiatives. The Council recognizes the current, severe lack of skill-building programs within secure detention facilities for youth and encourages new investments to create and support programs.  

Finally, as we will soon know the impact of the Fiscal Year 2023 State Budget on New York City, we are hopeful we can work with the Council to prioritize the aforementioned priorities as well as work with them and the City administration to secure greater investments in our recovering city, including through investments in community schools, the school and community-based mental health continuum, infant toddler care and year-round extended day programming for preschoolers, and other key areas. 

We are grateful to have such a strong base of support for New York’s children, families, and communities in the Council, and we look forward to working with them and the Administration to help ensure the CFY’23 budget invests in ways that promote an equitable recovery for New York City.   

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