*Reposted from Gotham Gazette. Written by  Ethan Geringer-Sameth. (photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)*

New York City Department of Investigation Commissioner Jocelyn Strauber critiqued Mayor Eric Adams' proposed cuts to her agency's budget Tuesday in testimony before the New York City Council, and called for a partial restoration of funds for what she said are "necessary" enhancements.

Officials at the DOI, which investigates city government corruption, estimate the department would, baed on the mayor’s spending plan, see a reduction in funding of approximately $2 million in its Fiscal Year 2023 budget even after the agency makes adjustments from other funding streams including federal asset forfeitures.

In his $98.5 billion preliminary budget released earlier this year, Adams allocated $49.2 million to DOI. Strauber is seeking another $2 million in the adopted budget, which is due by the July 1 start of the new fiscal year. The funding is needed to comply with a recent executive order and would also go to hiring new investigators and creating a promotion structure to help combat staff attrition, the commissioner explained.

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