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Dinkins blasted for delaying new cop class.

Members of the real estate industry were outraged last week when Mayor David Dinkins proposed delaying a Police Academy class this summer and another in December.

The mayor says the move will save the city $20 million and help control the city's budgetary gap. He said he wants to use some of the savings to accelerate the start of two classes next year.

The hiring of new police officers is required by the state legislature under the passage of the Safe City/Safe Streets tax. The real estate industry pays this tax on the first day of each fiscal year. Legislators will have to approve Dinkirks' move.

In a statement, the Real Estate Board of New York referred to the move as "budget gimmickry" and said it was disappointed that the city will not reach the targeted 38310 police force "as early as possible."

According to REBNY figures, this proposal means the loss of 44,231 police/days or 121 less police officers employed in Fiscal Year 94, and 38,617 police days or 105 fewer police officers in Fiscal Year 95.
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Title Annotation:New York, New York Mayor David N. Dinkins proposes delay of Police Academy class due to budgetary concerns
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:May 5, 1993
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