As you may know, Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson reached a handshake deal last Friday, and the Council voted to approve the Fiscal Year 2020 budget on Wednesday, June 19. However, while this represents an agreement in principle, not all the details of the budget have been entirely decided or released. Several budgetary items, including funding for bridge programs, have not been entirely resolved.
We are in continuing conversations with our City Council champions - Council members Mark Treyger, Antonio Reynoso, Carlina Rivera, Ritchie Torres, and Helen Rosenthal - and leadership at city agencies to acquire final information about new funding for bridge programs in the Final FY 2020 Adopted budget. It is possible that final details may not be determined until a November budget adjustment later this year. As of now, we are having promising conversations, and will notify you once we obtain any further details. As discussions progress, we will call on you to participate in meetings with Council members and city agencies, and public demonstrations in an effort to solidify support in this year’s budget.
These conversations are a direct result of the coalition efforts which you, as a member of the Invest In Skills NYC coalition, have pushed forward. This budget cycle represents the first step towards building a standing framework for long term change, and some of the first major, citywide progress on new bridge program funding in several years. In the next budget cycle, we will continue to need your ideas, support and energy to keep our momentum going. We will be working to not only secure funding to support the full need for bridge programs, but also the resources needed to support a more robust workforce system citywide.
As we continue to learn more, we thank every member of the coalition for their ongoing support, and we are excited for the coming years of progress toward creating a workforce development system which will make our city’s economy accessible to all of its residents.
In the meantime, we will keep you informed in the coming days and weeks as we receive more information and hope to have a fruitful outcome to this year’s campaign.