Mayor Eric Adams rolled back another of his administration’s migrant budget cuts Friday — restoring $10 million in funding to healthcare and mental health services for students across the five boroughs.
“This funding will continue to open the doors to opportunity for a record 110,000 New York City children, while community schools continue to provide essential support to young people and their families with the resources they need,” Hizzoner said in City Hall.
Along with the reversal of cuts, the mayor also announced City Hall would provide the $80 million to maintain the highly popular Summer Rising program.
The city summer program was expected to nix Friday sessions and operate under limited hours during the week next fiscal year after using up all the federal COVID-19 funds, which funded the program.
The Department of Education and the Department of Youth and Community Development will now split the tab starting in July 2024.
“Ensuring Summer Rising can continue and restoring funding for our community schools is a tremendous win for our families,” said schools Chancellor David Banks. “Schools are the centers of our communities and programs like these are shining examples of the transformational power they wield.”
The move was praised by the city’s teacher’s union and advocates — but the groups called on the city to do more for schools in the city.
“Needless cuts to community schools and Summer Rising would have been devastating,” said Michael Mulgrew, the president of the United Federation of Teachers. “This is a step in the right direction. Now, the city needs to walk back the other proposed education cuts.”
Kim Sweet, executive director of Advocates for Children of New York, said Friday’s moves were “positive steps… but the City must go further.”
“We are deeply concerned about the looming expiration of federal COVID-19 stimulus funds, which are supporting many critical education initiatives that will still be just as needed when federal dollars run dry this year,” Sweet said in a statement.
Friday marked the third day of the Adams administration’s slow rollout of their budget restorations ahead of Tuesday when the mayor said the full slate of restored line items that were cut as part of November’s belt-tightening would be unveiled.
City Hall has said Big Apple agencies need to shave 15% off their budget by this April through three rounds of cuts to cover the $10 billion price tag for the migrant crisis through June 2025.
Despite the smaller ticket items being restored, the Adams administration is expected to announce its next set of 5% cuts next week.