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NYC budget vote looms as protests push for cuts to police

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Demonstrators denouncing systemic racism in law enforcement hang a banner criticizing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in the borough of Brooklyn minutes before a citywide curfew went into effect on June 4, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lawmakers are holding a high-stakes debate on the city budget as activists demand a $1 billion shift from policing to social services and the city grapples with multibillion-dollar losses because of the coronavirus pandemic. The City Council is due to meet Tuesday, with a midnight deadline to pass a budget ahead of the fiscal year that begins Wednesday. It comes with protesters camped outside City Hall insisting that the city slash $1 billion from the New York Police Department’s budget amid a nationwide campaign to “defund” police. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday he had a plan for a $1 billion cut from one of the world’s largest police departments.

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