New York City Council passes 2021 budget, including some police cuts

by Reuters
Wednesday, 1 July 2020 04:04 GMT

NEW YORK, July 1 (Reuters) - A majority of New York City Council members voted to pass the 2021 fiscal year budget on Tuesday that seeks to close a $9 billion revenue shortfall caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The budget includes cuts to the New York Police Department's spending amid more than a month of nationwide protests against police brutality, but City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said it was smaller than then $1 billion cut he and protesters had sought.

The tally of all 51 members' votes was still ongoing as midnight passed. (Reporting by Jonathan Allen Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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