I would like to thank the City Council for its consistent and generous sup-port of the Ofﬁce of Special Narcotics and all of the District Attorneys’Ofﬁces through the years. The leadership of the Public Safety Committeehas been critical in helping us through difﬁcult times. Your commitmentto public safety and our ofﬁces has been demonstrated both in your ﬁ-nancial support and in your creation of initiatives that have enhancedpublic safety.
I would like to reiterate my gratitude for the steps you havetaken in the last few years to make certain that my agency has parity withthe other District Attorneys. Your advocacy was critical in achieving theneeded baseline funding that will guarantee that my ofﬁce is funded atthe same level as other prosecutors’ ofﬁces.Unfortunately, our funding continues to behighly unpredictable. Over the last few yearswe have received a ﬂurry of baseline cutsand cash restorations, making it impossible toplan. Even more troubling, in most instances,we have only received one-time cash infu-sions that have replaced budget cuts of base-line funding. As demonstrated by the 2% cutwe just received, we can no longer forecastwhat our budget will be from one year to thenext, or even from one budget modiﬁcation tothe next.In ﬁscal year 2012, the combined total reduc-tion in projected city, state and federal fundingfor my ofﬁce is $1,832,115, or 10.2%. Such a funding loss in one yearwould render us unable to fulﬁll our statutory duties. Therefore I urgethe Council to assist us in three critical areas: restore the City Councilcash grant to its previous level, advocate to the City for 2012 baseliningof the one-time cash infusions that we received in 2011, and help us toeliminate the newly proposed and unsustainable two percent executivebudget cut.
Drugs and Violence:
While crime in New York City is nowhere nearthe record levels seen twenty years ago, there has been a troubling risein homicides, robberies and felony assaults in some of our neighbor-hoods. As is well known, drugs play a signiﬁcant role in violent crime.In particular, there have been some alarming shootings and homicidesin Housing Developments that have been motivated by drugs and druggangs.Unfortunately, drug selling, drug use and drug addiction have not abated
OSNP Total Funding ReductionsFiscal 2012 Projected vs. Fiscal 2011 Modi
edAmountOSNP FY 2011 Modi
ed Budget$17,908,646Projected FY 2012 ChangesCity Funding Reductions (1,153,930)State Funding Reductions (525,530)Federal Funding Reductions (152,655)Total-10.2% $(1,832,115)OSNP FY 2012 Projected Budget$16,076,531