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Council wants to Add 1,000 Officers

 
Council wants to Add 1,000 Officers
Posted Thursday, April 24th 2014 @ 7am

The City Council has unveiled its budget plan, calling for 1,000 additional police officers to be hired.

"We're going to put 1,000 more cops on the beat to give NYPD the tools they need to succeed," City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said.  "We're also hiring more civilians so police officers sitting behind desks can be free to do the police work they're trained for."

The plan would cost the city an additional $94.3 million, but Mark-Viverito argues it would also reduce police overtime costs by $50 million.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the current size of the police force is adequate, while Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said he would prefer the existing officers get a raise.

The Council budget also calls for giving the city's 1.1 million public school students a free lunch.  Advocates say by eliminating the price, it would remove the stigma for children who currently receive a free or discounted lunch.

"We're going to eliminate fees for school lunches to help make sure no child is hungry while in school.  Like the school breakfast program, lunch should be available to all students," said Mark-Viverito.

Mayor de Blasio is expected to unveil his budget plan next month.  The fiscal year begins on July 1.

 

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