City Council reaches budget deal

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lawmakers have agreed on a $75 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The deal between Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) and the City Council holds taxes steady and avoids any layoffs.

The budget largely backs up the liberal campaign promises that helped de Blasio in November become the first Democrat to capture City Hall in 20 years. It increases spending for education and public housing.

But it does not include the council proposal to hire 1,000 new police officers.

There was little acrimony in the negotiations between de Blasio and the council, led by Democratic Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

The deal also includes funding for the new teachers union contract, ratified by teachers this month.