BUDGET PRIORITIES FOR THE FY2018 NYC EXPENSE BUDGETNovember 1, 2016Office of Management and Budget1. Increase Community Board budgets.Community boards have not received a budget increase for non-personnel costs in more than twelve years.Meanwhile, costs and demands for services have increased dramatically. In 2014, DC37 agreed to a contract thatmodestly increases salaries of its members. Following the usual pattern, salaries of other unions and managementwill increase by the same amounts as DC37’s. Board budgets, which are currently baselined at 233,911, must beincreased to reflect increasing OTPS costs.Department of Parks & Recreation2. Solar trash compactors for Verdi Park, 72nd -73rd Streets at Broadway/Amsterdam Avenue 21KVerdi Park is overrun with rats. It has an extremely high ratio of food consumption to square footage. Its benchesattract a large number of homeless people, and its current plantings facilitate the establishment of rat burrows.Then-Council Member Brewer allocated 50,000 in capital funds several years ago for the purchase of 10 solartrash compactors for Verdi Park, but those funds were never deployed. Rather, they were held to be deployed aspartial funding for a substantial reconstruction of Verdi Park. In the meantime, the unit cost of this type ofequipment has come down, and installation of these units has been successful in, for example, TheodoreRoosevelt Park. Six solar compactors purchased immediately as expense budget items at approximately 3500per unit would substantially improve the rat situation in Verdi Park, without regard to other future capitalrenovations also addressed to reducing the rat infestation.Department of Sanitation3. Funding for a dedicated collection truck to service the street recycling cans.Green and blue recycling cans have been added to street corners in MCD7. DSNY services them once a week. Inbudget consultations, DSNY said they do not have funds for additional service. The recycling is overflowing andthe cans are left open by people collecting cans. MCD7 is the pilot for this program, which is not working wellgiven the lack of service. Service is needed at least 3 times a week, if not daily.NYC Police Department4. Restoration of the number of police officers in precincts and PSAs.The number of uniformed officers in our precincts and housing developments was modestly increased in FY2016.CB7 seeks 15 uniformed patrol officers to enforce traffic regulations in CD7 and restoration of the overallheadcount to 50,000 and the number of uniformed patrol officers to 40,000, which would fully staff Vision Zero,community policing, sector patrols, enforcement of traffic and bicycle regulations, and special units.NYC Housing Authority5. Additional funds for skilled trades personnel and resident skilled trades training at AmsterdamHouses, Frederick Douglass Houses, Wise Towers Consolidated and DeHostos.NYCHA developments in CD7 have a significant backlog of repair requests in residents’ apartments. Repairs aremade when there are enough of them to warrant the issuance of a contract. Having skilled trades (plumbers,electricians, carpenters) do the work at these developments would result in timely repairs, a reduction of thebacklogs and increased well-being for the residents. Furthermore, more resources need to be put into trainingNYCHA residents to fill the jobs that should be directed at addressing the backlog of repair requestsDepartment of Parks & Recreation6. Pest control personnel. 50K1

Parks has only two exterminators for all of Manhattan. The rodent population in parks has exploded in recentyears. In District 7, Verdi Square, Strauss, Theodore Roosevelt and Riverside Parks, the Broadway Malls, andseveral playgrounds have had extreme rodent infestations. An additional exterminator for Manhattan wouldallow Parks to address infestations through a variety of systematic and sustainable measures.Department of Youth & Community Development7. Maintain and increase baseline funding for after-school and OST programs in public schools and inneighborhood CBOs in MCD7.Afterschool programs ensure that children are safe in the hours between the end of school and the end of theirfamilies' work day, when they would otherwise be most vulnerable, and provide opportunities for remedialinstruction, enrichment, and safe play. Certain of these same programs continue to provide these same safe andaffirming environments during school breaks in the summer.While the FY15 purported to baseline funding for these programs at a sustainable level, funding for theseprograms was slashed between the release of the Mayor’s Preliminary and Executive Budget, after programs hadmade placements in reliance on the baselining and preliminary budget line items. The funds were eventuallyrestored, but the need for continued vigilance to protect these crucial programs cannot be overstated asbaselining these programs allows service providers to plan in a rational manner to meet these important needs,and allows families to plan work, education and other adult schedules with confidence.Even with these baseline funds, there are children who remain without these essential services. NYPD specialistshave advised CB7 that an effective means to address increased gang and “crew” activity, especially in NYCHAcampuses and adjacent parks and playgrounds, would be to have safe places for youth and teens to meet andspend time outside the influence of gang activity. DYCD has indicated that the most effective way to meet thoseneeds would be through additional capacity at “Beacon” programs. Therefore, CB7 calls for increased funding forBeacon OST programs, specifically aimed at presenting a viable alternative to gang and crew activity in our Districtand those with similar issues.Human Resources Administration8. Funding for hunger - food insecurity outreachHRA administers 3 billion in federal money for SNAP, which does not go through city budget. Since 2012 thenumber of applications has been down, with a reduction of 6% in 2014. The new program reachesout through CBOs and kiosks around town to enroll SNAP (Food Stamp) recipients, especially seniors and legalimmigrants. Single adults without dependents now qualify for SNAP, and fingerprinting is no longer necessary.Faith based food pantries and community kitchens continue to feed the homeless with volunteer help and fundingfrom their congregants and community. Community kitchens such as WSCAH also administer SNAP outreach, jobtraining, and government funded benefits.Department of Environmental Protection9. Dedicated enforcement staff for anti-idling law.There is currently no routine enforcement of the anti-idling law, and only spotty and largely unsuccessfulenforcement of specific targeted violations. Drivers of commercial and individual private motor vehicles park atour curbs and run their motors continuously with impunity. The NYC idling law is intended to reduce pollutionthat harms our health. It also is addressed to limiting the use of non-renewable fossil fuels. The Upper West Sideis particularly vulnerable to asthma and other health problems from pollution because of our high populationdensity and the continued use of polluting fossil fuels for heating our buildings. DEP has no funds budgeted forenforcement of the anti-idling law, and similarly neither the NYPD nor Traffic Enforcement engages in routineenforcement nor responds to individual, specific complaints. 311 complaints are not followed up on, and the 311system is not suited to addressing this problem.2

Administration for Children's Services10. Maintain Funding for Baselined Early Learn Programs, including UPK and Head StartAdequate child care is a necessity for working families. The Mayor's initiative to expand all-day pre-K, togetherwith expanded Head Start programming, is funded under the Early Learn initiative, are proven drivers ofachievement in school for years to come as well as stability for working families.It is essential that the funding for these programs, newly baselined in FY15, continue at least at the currentprogramming levels to deliver both the services families need as well as certainty essential to good planning byservice providers, families and ancillary services.In addition, many of ACS's programs are funded on a district-wide allocation based on indicia of need on a Censustract or zip code basis that continues to leave pockets of significant unmet need in our District for publicly-fundedchild care, pre-K and Head Start. Either an overall funding increase to the baseline, or reform of the allocationsystem, is needed to ensure those with equivalent needs have equivalent access to programs and services.Department of Parks & Recreation11. Park Enforcement Personnel for Riverside Park and District 7. 625KCommunity District 7 is covered by the eight city funded PEP that report out of North Meadow in Central Park.These PEP cover both the east and west sides of Manhattan from 59th Street to 115th Streets, and Riverside Park.They also help cover other calls that fixed post officers (there are ten fixed post officers in Central Park funded bythe Central Park Conservancy) in Central Park cannot cover. In addition four fixed-post officers, who are paid forunder dedicated funding, patrol Riverside Park South and are available in Riverside Park only for emergencyconditions.No PEP officers are available to be assigned to patrol on regular beats in our District parks for quality of life andother offenses. The need for expanded deployment of PEP officers at Columbus Circle has further taxed theseresources. An additional eight officers and a sergeant ( 60K per officer, more for a sergeant) for Manhattanwould increase safety and help address graffiti and other vandalism, littering, skateboarding, homeless, alcohol,off-leash, smoking, motor idling and other conditions throughout Riverside Park and in district parks andplaygrounds on a steady basis.Department for the Aging12. Meals on Wheels.Increase funding for Meals on Wheels for the growing number of homebound elderly. This saves money byhelping seniors age in place.Department of Parks & Recreation13. Permanent staffing for Districts #7 and #14 (Riverside Park).Parks full-time workforce is responsible for park maintenance and cleanliness. While the FY15 budget providedfunding for increased staff (Associate Park Service Workers, City Parks Workers, and Gardeners), additional fundsare needed to rebuild the agency’s permanent, year-round workforce, which has been substantially reducedbecause of budget cuts from its former baseline.Department of Transportation14. Thermoplastic street markings.With many lane markings fading, as well as lane alignments shifting, it is vitally important for safety that theDepartment of Transportation have the requisite funds in their budget for painting and maintaining lane markings,pedestrian crossings, and no-parking zones.New York Public Library15. Restoration of Staff and Operating Budgetappx 19M3

While the operation of branch and research libraries have been stabilized, and 6-day service at most locations hasbeen restored, after the drastic cuts to the NYPL operating budget in prior years, those restorations were madeby the City Council, and were not baselined. In addition, only in the last one- to two years have branches begunto have sufficient budget room to begin to replace the professional staff lost to reductions and attrition duringthe lean years. It is therefore critical that the lifeline that branch libraries represent to the entire community,from early childhood, struggling students, teens needing a safe environment outside school time, and adultslearning skills or looking for work, that this funding be fully restored and baselined so that effective long-termplanning can ensure these essential services are available to all.Department of Youth & Community Development16. Increase Funding in order to Maintain and Increase the number of Positions Available through theSummer Youth Employment Program.Summer Youth Employment Programs serve several compelling needs. They provide alternatives to ganginfluence for at-risk youth; provide models and pathways to employment; develop positive work habits and selfesteem; and virtually every dollar earned is spent in the community. In addition, without the availability of thiswork force, community-based organizations serving children and youth cannot meet their adult-to-child ratios,making those programs less effective. SYEP has finally emerged from a 5-year period in which serial budget cutsall but decimated the program. Thanks to renewed and baselined funding, over 50,000 youth were included inSYEP in the summers of 2014 and 2015.Even with the recent restorations, over 100,000 applicants in Summer 2014 (FY15) and Summer 2015 (FY16) wereturned away. Given the multi-lateral benefits of this program, additional funding on SYEP is a wise investment.The recent, long-overdue increase in the minimum wage will result in the current level of funding being insufficientto maintain the current number of SYEP positions without commensurate increases. CB7 believes that it isnecessary to increase funding at least so that staffing can be maintained at least at FY16 levels, and should beexpanded so that additional staff positions can be created in FY18.Department of Parks & Recreation17. Playground Associatesappx 9,150 per assistantSix playground assistants would provide valuable programming and supervision for children, assist with parkmaintenance and provide a safety presence from July through Labor Day in Bloomingdale Playground (West104th/Amsterdam), Frederick Douglass Playground (West 100th/Amsterdam), Happy Warrior Playground (West98th/Amsterdam), Sol Bloom Playground (West 91st/Columbus), Tecumseh Playground (West 77th/Amsterdam),Bennerson Playground (West 64th/Amsterdam Houses), Neufeld Playground (West 76th/Riverside Park), andDinosaur Playground (West 97th/Riverside Park).Department of