Groundhog Day

In City Council chambers earlier today Christine Quinn gave her first budget response speech. A few of the highlights, before delving into the 38 pages of comment, are:

$1 million to help 311 hire education specialists

Restoring $17 million to city’s District Attorneys

Expanding half-day pre-k to full day over three years

Expanding office hours at child advocacy centers

Expanding relocation assistance for businesses in industrial areas recently rezoned for residential use

The Speaker also called for “an end to the annual budget dance,” which “feels a lot like the movie Groundhog Day.”

More to come.

—Nicole Brydson