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Episode #866: Is That a School?
First Broadcast: 7/6/20
Protesters occupying City Hall Park wanted the City Council to cut $1 billion from the New York Police Department's portion of the New York City budget for the coming year. However, despite some reporting to the contrary, only around $837 million of cuts were made to the NYPD allocation, and around $300 to $400 million of that came from shifting the control and cost of the School Safety Agents in New York City public schools from the NYPD to the Department of Education--without actually removing those "Agents" from the schools, which was supposed to be one of the other goals of reducing the NYPD budget. Is this just another way of maintaining the school-to-prison pipeline in another form? Does New York City really need to have more cops in public schools than there are in the entire cities of Boston and Las Vegas combined? Doesn't the presence of police alone contribute to more reported incidences of "criminal" behavior than the absence of police? Might we all be better off by ending police presence in everyday life as much as possible instead? I'm sure this discussion is far from over!

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So, what is Free New York anyway? The simple answer is that it's a this neat little public access TV show on Manhattan Neighborhood Network which I co-produce with the tremendous help of my camerawoman/editor/everything else, Kim. The complicated answer is that it's a project of mine to broadcast opinions and events which don't always appear within "the mainstream media" (like The New York Times, the major networks, local radio, etc.), and so far I think it's been working.

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