|FAQ||HOW TO TAKE ACTION|
|What does this spreadsheet track?||THE FY2021 BUDGET WAS PASSED WITHOUT DEFUNDING THE NYPD BY $1B.|
|This tracker is a record of Council Members' pre-vote positions and actual votes on the FY2021 budget, and will track their positions, commitments, and votes during the FY2022 budget cycle. |
The City Council is currently voting on the FY2022 budget. This spreadsheet currently tracks:
1. If they generally support cutting the NYPD's budget (and not just because of austerity).
2. The dollar amount they have called for in cuts to the NYPD.
The City Council voted on the FY2021 budget in June 2020. In addition to their votes, this spreadsheet tracks three points of Council Members' positions form before their vote:
1. If they were generally in favor of making cuts to the NYPD budget.
2. Committed to vote down any budget that does not provide significant cuts to the NYPD. Many Council Members said they believe the NYPD should see a reduction in funding without saying that they would vote against on a pro-police city budget. Council Members that were supportive of cuts but did not indicate they would vote no on a budget that doesn't cut the NYPD are marked as "Position Unknown" for this commitment.
3. The dollar amount that they called for in cuts to the NYPD. The NYPD is currently funded at $6 billion.
Note that these are each separate commitments. Council Members that were supportive of cuts but did not committed to voting no on a no-cut budget are marked "YES" for 1. Council Members who did not name specific dollar amounts but affirmatively indicated that they would vote against a budget that doesn't cut the NYPD were marked as "YES" for 2 even if they didn't give a specific dollar amount. Likewise, if a Council Member stated a dollar amount for cuts they'd like to see but didn't committed to vote no on a no-cut budget, their dollar amount was included but will not be marked as "YES" for 2.
|What does that mean for #DefundNYPD? We have to continue fighting to defund the police in the next municipal budget cycle, which will take place during the Spring of 2021.|
|Follow and support organizations who are doing the work in NYC|
|Learn about the Communities United for Police Reform #NYCBudgetJustice platform.|
|Let your *Council Member* know you want them to defund the police|
|1. Find your City Council Member and district by clicking here.|
|2. Once you know your City Council Member's position and voting record, you can use the contact information on this spreadsheet to tell them that you want them to support defunding the NYPD by AT LEAST $1 billion in the FY2022 budget, and that you want them to vote against a budget that continues to support the police.|
|JUNE 22, 2021 PRIMARY ELECTION|
|More than half of current City Council Members are running either for re-election or higher office right now. Critically, we also get to chose a new Mayor during this election. This year, we get to directly hold them accountable with our support and our votes during the primary on June 22, 2021.|
|Register to vote by May 28, 2021|
|If you are not registered to vote, you can register to vote on the New York State website.|
|If you don't know if you are registered to vote, you can check with the Board of Elections.|
|For state and local offices in New York City, the most consequential elections are the Democratic primaries, which you can only vote in if you are a registered Democrat. If you would like to vote in the elections that shape our city the most, register as a Democrat.|
|How often is this updated?|
|I'm trying to update this as I hear about new commitments. If you see any information not reflected on this sheet, send me (sheet author) a DM on Twitter @LuMerriam.|
|If you are registered to vote, make sure your voter registration is accurate and submit changes to the Board of Elections by June 2, 2021|
|LEARN ABOUT THE BUDGET PROCESS|
|Check your voter registration with the Board of Elections, and make sure your address is accurate.|
|The City Council and the Mayor are currently negotiating City budget for Fiscal Year 2022, which will start on July 1st of this year and end on June 30th, 2022. The final budget, voted on by the whole Council, is due July 1st, and the final vote usually happens in mid to late June. At the current stage of the process, the Council is primarily responsible for the budget and what is in it. Because of this, you should direct pressure towards Council Members specifically-- not to other officials such as the Comptroller (who already supports #DefundtheNYPD) who do not have binding roles in this process.|
|Support candidates who are committed to defunding the NYPD|
|To help you find these candidates, this spreadsheet tracks which City Council candidates running in 2021 support defunding the police, and you can find more information about them (and everyone else running in 2021) on Aaron Fernando's NYC 2021 Candidates spreadsheet. For a detailed breakdown of where the mayoral candidates land on policing, check out Jada Shannon's spreadsheet here.|
|Learn how the City Council makes the budget on the Council's website.||In addition to your vote, these candidates need grassroots contributions and volunteer support to win their races. You can donate to them through nycvotes.org and get involved with their campaigns through their respective websites.|
|Learn what's in the budget on the Council's website.|
|You can also find a more thorough this guide from the Independent Budget Office.|
|thanks to everyone who helped :)||sheet by Lucy Merriam, @LuMerriam|
@ or DM me on Twitter @LuMerriam
|For the call to action: Whitney Hu, @whitney_hu and Zachariah Boyer, @ZachariahBoyer|
|For an excellent tracker thread: Sam Feldman, @srfeld|
|For campaign finance info: Daniela Finlay, @DanielaFinlay|
|For format inspo/BNT column idea: Winn Periyasamy, @WPeriyasamy|
|For the monetary commitment column idea: @jbenmenachem|