Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) slammed budget cuts in the New York City Police Department on Tuesday, saying that the $1 billion slashed from the budget was "not a victory" and that "the fight to defund policing continues."
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city council had struck a deal to cut $1 billion in NYPD funding by moving school safety services to the budget for the Department of Education.
Ocasio-Cortez criticized the decision as "disingenuous."
"Defunding the police means defunding the police. It does not mean budget tricks or funny math. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Education budget so that the exact same police remain in schools," she said in a released statement. "It does not mean counting overtime cuts as cuts, even as NYPD ignores every attempt by City Council to curb overtime spending and overspends on overtime anyways. it does not mean hiring more police officers while cutting more than $800M from NYC schools. If these reports are accurate, then these proposed ‘cuts' to NYPD's budget are a disingenuous illusion. This is not a victory. The fight to defund policies continues."
The move was also slammed by Anthonine Pierre, a press representative for Communities United for Police Reform, who called it a "lie."
"Mayor de Blasio and Speaker [Corey] Johnson are using funny math and budget tricks to try to mislead New Yorkers into thinking that they plan to meet the movement's demands for at least $1B in direct cuts," Pierre said.
De Blasio said the plan could "achieve real reform."
"Everything was with an eye to safety, so we will be able to ensure the patrol strength we need. We will be able to ensure that school safety can do its job. The school safety issue would be addressed over several years," de Blasio said. "I was skeptical at first, and wanted to see how it could all come together. A lot of painstaking work occurred to figure out the right way to do things."