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‘Seize this moment’: NYC Comptroller Urges de Blasio To Cut Over $1B In NYPD Funding

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New York City’s Comptroller Scott M. Stringer sent a letter Thursday to the city’s Mayor Bill de Blasio asking him to cut $1.1 billion of funding to the New York Police Department over the next four years saying the funding to “scale down” the police force. Moreover, he said the money needs to be diverted “toward vulnerable communities most impacted by police violence and structural racism.”

“These are trying times for all New Yorkers, but especially for communities of color,” he wrote in the letter. “Across the boroughs, as across the nation, protesters have gathered to mourn and demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and the hundreds of black men and women who have been killed at the hands of police in the U.S. The need for change – and a fundamental realignment of priorities – is clear, and I urge you to seize this moment to bring a measure of justice and fairness to how we spend our city dollars and protect New Yorkers.”

According to Stringer’s letter, it would mean a 5 percent budget cut for the police force for FY2021, which would be about $265 million.

The Comptroller’s budget plan for the NYPD is as follows:

  • “Reduce uniformed headcount through attrition: The City should suspend hiring of new police classes in FY 2021. Assuming a 3 percent attrition rate, that would bring expected uniformed headcount down to approximately 35,000 by end of FY 2021, or roughly the same average headcount that prevailed between 2011 and 2016, when crime continued its steady decline to historically low levels. Savings would also accrue from associated fringe benefits savings.
  • Cut uniformed overtime by 5 percent: Overtime spending for FY 2021 is budgeted at $519.6 million. A 5 percent reduction in budgeted overtime for uniformed officers would yield a $26 million annual savings.
  • Trim Other than Personnel Services by 4 percent: The City-funded OTPS budget for FY 2021 is $429 million. A 4 percent reduction in OTPS savings would yield $17 million in savings. This could be achieved through reductions in the NYPD’s spending on computer services and other service contracts, as well as a lengthening of the replacement cycle for NYPD vehicles, among other possible actions.”

Below is the full letter:

6.4.20 Letter to Mayor de Blasio by Sara on Scribd

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Chinese Spy Balloon: Tensions rise between the U.S. and China

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A strange object was spotted Wednesday over Billings Montana. The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that the strange object was, in fact, a Chinese spy balloon. According to a report from KPAX, a western Montana news outlet, the balloon had been on the governments radar for days.

On Friday, the Chinese government released a statement saying that the balloon spotted in Billings is a “civilian airship” that’s sole purpose is used to collect research on weather and that it had just blown off course. The balloon was not shot down by orders of the Pentagon due to the risk of falling debris injuring people on the ground.

Sara Carter, who has spoken frequently on the Chinese government’s threat and expansion to the West, stated on Twitter that the United States has failed to stop China from purchasing land near military installations, vital agricultural land, as well as, allowing Chinese linked companies, such as Huawei, to install technology in cellular towers. Those cellular towers are located in Montana, along side more than 150 ICBM nuclear silos.

China said, “The Chinese side regrets the unintended entry of the airship into U.S. airspace due to force majeure.” Majeure meaning that it was out of there control. It blew off course due to limited “self-steering” capabilities according the Ministry. The ministry also stated that the balloon, “deviated far from its planned course.”

This incident is adding fuel to the fire of what is already a tense relationship between the worlds two largest economies. China already lays claim to approximately 80% of the South China Sea, and is seeking full control over Taiwan after assuming full control of Hong Kong. China’s belt and road initiative has invested copious amounts of money into building infrastructure in other countries and uses it as economic blackmail. China’s transportation of fentanyl into Mexico is yet again another example of how they are seeking to damage the US.

Is this just a weather ballon that blew off course? US officials at the White House seem to be unconvinced and will continue to monitor the balloon, as reported.

UPDATED: Statement from the Pentagon was jaw dropping when a reporter asked if the public has a right to know about Beijing’s balloon.

“The public certainly has the ability to look up in the sky and see where the balloon is,” a DOD official responded.

 

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