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June 7, 2017

Rudy Orozco
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Statement by District Council 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido on NYC FY’ 18 budget agreement

“We are very impressed by the early budget agreement between the Mayor and the City Council, which is consistent with City Hall’s efforts to maintain a high quality of life and reduce inequality in New York during the past few years. It includes new funding for free school lunch allowing for students in nearly 900 additional public schools to enjoy a free lunch without the stigma associated with being identified as a ‘free lunch kid.’ There is also more funding for public libraries to facilitate the renovation of deteriorating facilities, beach/pool season weeklong extension and for parks. We applaud Mayor de Blasio, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the entire City Council for the hard work that produced a city budget that reflects the priorities and values of all New Yorkers.”

District Council 37 is New York City's largest public employee union, with 125,000 members and 50,000 retirees.