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In addition to his crime-lowering initiatives, Booker doubled the amount of affordable housing under development and quadrupled the amount under pre-development, and reduced the city budget deficit from 0 million to million.
However, his administration imposed one-day-a-month furloughs for all non-uniformed employees from July through December 2010, as well as 2% pay cuts for managers and directors earning more than 0,000 a year.
One of Booker's first priorities was to reduce the city's crime rate.
In furtherance of this, he appointed Garry Mc Carthy, former deputy commissioner of operations of the New York City Police Department, as director of the Newark Police Department.
His slate of city council candidates, known as the "Booker Team", swept the council elections, giving Booker firm leadership of the city government.
At Yale, Booker was a founding member of the Chai Society (now Shabtai), To draw attention to the problems of open-air drug dealing and associated violence, he went on a 10-day hunger strike and lived in a tent and later in a motor home near drug-dealing areas of the city.
Booker also proposed council initiatives that impacted housing, young people, law and order, and the efficiency and transparency of city hall, but was regularly outvoted by all of his fellow councilors.
Booker went on to Stanford University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1991 and a Master of Arts in sociology the following year.
While at Stanford, he played football as a tight end and was teammates with Brad Muster and Ed Mc Caffrey, He earned his Juris Doctor in 1997 from Yale Law School, where he operated free legal clinics for low-income residents of New Haven, Connecticut.