NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The New York City Council passed an $88 billion budget just after midnight Wednesday, which included slashing the $1 billion NYPD budget.
As part of the NYPD's budget cut, a nearly 1,200-person police recruiting class set for next month will be canceled, The Associated Press reported.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has said the loss of officers will not affect the safety of New Yorkers.
The NYPD will also be forced to cut in half overtime spending, redeploy officers from administrative functions to patrol and end police responsibility for school crossing guards and homeless outreach.
Funds from the existing NYPD budget will go to to education and social services.
The NYPD budget is now around $6 billion, plus several billion dollars more in shared city expenses such as pensions.
In addition to pressure from activists to defund the police, the city is also dealing with $9 billion in revenue loss due to the coronavirus pandemic.
City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said he was disappointed the cuts to the NYPD wasn't greater.
“I am disappointed,” Johnson said at a news conference. “I did my best.”
On CNN Wednesday morning, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the budget was a major step forward in meeting demands to reshape the role of police.
“It was really important at this moment in history to say, ‘We’re going to take money away from policing and put it into the needs of our young people.’ That’s what happened here. We shifted money to youth programs, to the kinds of things that nurture and support young people. And I think this is important to recognize as something with much bigger ramifications,” de Blasio said.
Protesters unsatisfied with the amount of money cut from the NYPD faced off with police near City Hall on Wednesday morning.
The protesters had erected barriers in the street, but police moved in around dawn to remove the barriers and push the protesters back onto the sidewalk.
Several people were arrested during the intense clashes at what has been dubbed "Occupy City Hall."