UPDATE: City Budget Delivers Wins for Immigrant NYers: Language Access, Early Childhood and More

New York, NY—Yesterday, the New York City Mayor and City Council passed a $112.4 billion executive budget for FY25. The NYIC applauds the inclusion of several priorities in this budget including $25 million for Promise NYC; $100 million for early childhood programming; $14 million for adult literacy; an additional $58.6 million for initiatives like NYIFUP, ICARE and others, alongside an increase of $4.4 million for legal services for immigrant families; $3.8 million for language access worker cooperatives and an interpreter bank; $3.6 million for Access Health; $700K for Key to the City; and $58 million to reverse cuts to the city’s public libraries.

Murad Awawdeh, President and CEO, New York Immigration Coalition:

“We commend NYC Council Speaker Adrienne Adams and the entire City Council for championing low-income and immigrant New Yorkers in this budget. The final New York City budget for FY25 brought major reversals to Mayor Adams’ unnecessarily austere proposed budget that would have left too many New Yorkers in need. This budget will give our immigrant neighbors – whether they arrived here 30 days ago or 30 years ago – a better opportunity to fully integrate into their lives as New Yorkers, and will ensure that families can stay together while they contribute to our economy and their children are safe, learning and cared for. We look forward to building on these investments in the year to come to ensure that everyone who calls New York home can thrive here.”