Mayor Bloomberg, City Council reach deal on budget

BROOKLYN - Homeowners and business owners in Brooklyn and the rest of the city are getting some good news.Mayor Bloomberg (R-NYC) and the City Council have agreed on how to spend the city's $59 billion budget. Property taxes will be decreased by 7 percent, instead of the 5 percent initially proposed. The budget will also focus on education, with $21 million going to CUNY colleges to keep full-time professors and hire additional ones. In addition, money will be allocated to create more full-day, pre-kindergarten spots.Under the budget agreement, funds will also be provided to buy bulletproof vests for auxiliary officers and for a new police academy.

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