City budget talks: Council gives Mayor Adams’ team an earful on potential impact of Parks Department cutbacks

City Council members on Thursday grilled Adams administration officials over the potential impact that roughly $50.5  million in cuts to the Parks Department could have on the Big Apple’s green spaces, while excoriating Hizzoner for not fulfilling his campaign promise of committing 1% of the city’s annual spending plan to the agency.

Council Member Shekar Krishnan (D-Queens), who chairs the council’s Committee on Parks and Recreation, said during a March 21 hearing that the reductions could leave the city’s parks dirtier and less safe. The cuts include the elimination of vital youth gardening, swimming and tree maintenance programs, as well as 659 positions within the Parks Department.