City budget offers road to recovery in Queens neighborhoods most impacted during COVID-19 pandemic


When Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council agreed to a historic $98.7 billion budget — the largest in city history — it restored funding to agencies like the Sanitation Department, the Parks Department, cultural institutions and public libraries.

The budget includes more than $426 million in citywide initiatives that allowed the council to not only restore programs to pre-pandemic levels, but also launch new initiatives and increase support for key programs in areas such as alternatives to incarceration, housing, foreclosure prevention, senior services, community development and help for small businesses.