Write to the Mayor & Council: No Budget Unless We Get #CareNotCuts!
Use this tool to send a message to the mayor, the council speaker, the finance chair, and YOUR council member.
We are DAYS away from an expected city budget vote, but the budget still contains billions of dollars worth of Mayor Adams’ proposed cuts! The mayor and the council need to hear from New Yorkers like you: do not pass a budget unless it has #CareNotCuts at a minimum! Fill in your return address in the form on the right and click ‘Start Writing’ to get started.
Background: Since June 2022, Mayor Eric Adams has time and time again cut core public services, starting with cutting schools by $469 million, and announcing further cuts to care-based agencies and workforces through the FY23 November Plan, including CUNY, 3-K early education programs, and libraries. These harmful cuts most deeply impact low-income New Yorkers of color who rely on the City’s public social safety net, schools, and institutions. The Mayor’s budget cuts are unacceptable for a city that is home to the most billionaires in the world–a group whose wealth has grown astronomically during the pandemic. These cuts are also not fiscally necessary, despite Mayor Adams’ fear mongering in the media.
A list of Mayor Adams's cuts and their impacts include:
Libraries: $36M cut, impacting weekend hours
Adult literacy: $24M cut, hindering support for English-language learners.
3-K early education and childcare: $567M cut, reducing affordable childcare options.
Public K-12 education: $1B cut, compromising support for vulnerable students.
CUNY: $60M cut, hindering access to higher education.
Essential services, housing, and social services: Over $1.1B cut, impacting public benefits, food assistance, services, and housing support.
Care-based services provide New Yorkers the means to meet their basic needs: food, water, housing, clothing, medicine, health and mental health care, finances, sanitation, safe environments, and education. In the long run, divesting from these necessities will make NYC a less safe, stable, healthy, and desirable place to live. We need investments in programs and services that directly aid New Yorkers in need, not cuts.
The mayor and the council need to hear from New Yorkers like you: do not pass a budget unless it has #CareNotCuts at a minimum! Fill in your return address in the form on the right and click ‘Start Writing’ to get started.