NYPD blows past overtime budget, de Blasio says

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The NYPD has blown past its overtime budget with more than two months left in the fiscal calendar, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday.

The department had already spent $253 million of its $254 million allotment for extra duty work as of January, according to the mayor.

“The NYPD understands that they’re under a mandate from me and the City Council to keep reducing overtime and they have been reducing overtime and they will reduce it more, that’s the bottom line,” said de Blasio after being grilled on setting a budget if the NYPD is over each year.

“We’re very committed and there’s a lot more time left in this fiscal year to continue reducing overtime,” he added.

The overtime cost could still come in at half of what the NYPD spent in the prior fiscal year, when it recorded a record $837 million.

According to de Blasio, the NYPD spent $721 million on uniform members of service and $115 million on civilian personnel in fiscal year 2019.

The reduced budget for police overtime was triggered by the COVID budget crisis and the nationwide movement to shift funds away from police departments in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

A NYPD vehicle in Times Square on March 10, 2021.
A NYPD vehicle in Times Square on March 10, 2021.
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Erin Mosley

Erin Mosley writes for the Hollywood section of Newzinto.