Up to $1 billion in funding is likely to be cut from the NPYD, comprising one-sixth of the police department’s total budget, sources told New York Daily News on Friday. The cut, reportedly set to be agreed on by the New York City Council, would be achieved by limiting overtime pay and ending functions like providing school safety. The report came as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a package of bills on Friday aimed at increasing police accountability and cracking down on officer misconduct.
One of the measures, known as 50a, repeals a decades-old statue that allowed police departments to keep officers’ disciplinary records secret. Cuomo also banned the use of chokeholds and said he would issue an executive order requiring every police department and law enforcement agency in the state to come up with a community-led plan to reform their tactics—or risk being defunded by the state. “We’re not going to fund police agencies in this state that do not look at what has been happening, come to terms with it, and reform themselves,” he said.