Statement of FPWA on Announcement of Budget Deal Between Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council

“We applaud the Mayor and the New York City Council for reaching a budget agreement today that embraces our common goals as a city, especially during these tumultuous times,” stated Jennifer Jones Austin, FPWA CEO and Executive Director.

“We are especially heartened by the positive resolution of the pay parity issue for early childhood teachers working in community organization settings. Now hard-working and dedicated teachers working in community organizations will be able to earn fair pay to support their own families, and our youngest New Yorkers will have the nurturing and focus on academic readiness they need to succeed as they grow. This is a good day, indeed.

We are also delighted with the inclusion of an agreement to increase the indirect rate paid in City contracts to nonprofits for service programs. These organizations are on the frontlines every day, assisting millions of New Yorkers to improve their quality of life and gain access to opportunity.

When nonprofit service providers are appropriately resourced, they can do transformational work. Understanding this is part of becoming a truly enlightened city. With this agreement, New York City has taken an important step forward.

We at FPWA will be looking closely at these and other budget areas that we and others have advocated for over past months when the more detailed budget is released.”


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