*Reposted from Gotham Gazette. Written by Samar Khurshid. (photo: John McCarten/City Council)*

Make the Road New York, the state’s largest organization representing immigrants and working New Yorkers, is releasing a new New York City policy and budget agenda on Wednesday as it hopes to influence the ongoing city budget process.

Claiming more than 25,000 members who mostly live in New York City, Make the Road issued its priorities including investments in housing, worker protections, greater immigrant protections, hate crime prevention, removing police from schools, expanded access to health care, and increased funding for adult literacy.

The agenda comes just after the New York City Council released its formal response to Mayor Eric Adams’ $98.5 billion preliminary budget, released in February, for the 2023 fiscal year, which begins July 1. Adams’ spending plan included cuts across most city agencies, leading to criticism from some that it is “an austerity budget” without enough investment in a variety of acute needs. The Council’s response calls for billions more in spending on services and infrastructure, as well as more deposits in city reserves based on higher expected revenue totals.

Make the Road New York echoes some of those priorities with its own particular focus on immigrant communities.

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