New York Mayor Eric Adams made good on his promise to slash the city budget when on Thursday he announced sweeping measures that will free police hiring, close libraries on Sundays, and take other drastic measures all to pay for the massive illegal immigrant influx caused by Joe Biden's border disaster.
"No city should be left to handle a national humanitarian crisis largely on its own, and without the significant and timely support we need from Washington, D.C., today’s budget will be only the beginning," Adams said as he announced the cuts to the $110 billion budget, The New York Times reported.
The budget cuts will slash the police department to below 30,000. The NYPD covers New York's five boroughs and nearly 9 million people. School safety agents will also be cut, and Adams said parents should step up and volunteer.
"This is truly a disaster for every New Yorker who cares about safe streets," police union president Patrick Hendry said. "Cops are already stretched to our breaking point, and these cuts will return us to staffing levels we haven’t seen since the crime epidemic of the ’80s and ’90s. We cannot go back there."
In September, Adams warned that the illegal immigrant crisis would "destroy New York." He teamed with other mayors of Democrat-led cities that are buckling under the weight of the new illegal immigrant onslought to petition Biden to give funding or make some changes that would alleviate the stress. Instead of meeting with Biden to state his case, Adams was turned around on his trip to Washington and had to head back to New York amid FBI allegations of fundraising misdeeds during his last campaign.
The education department will also see reduced funding as $1 billion will be pulled from their coffers. This as illegal immigrant children pour into classrooms and are in need of classroom resources. The mayor's own pet project—composting initiatives in the Bronx and Staten Island—will also be shelved amid the reductions.
"In all my time in government, this is probably one of the most painful exercises I’ve gone through," Adams said of the cuts.
In 2023, some 10,000 illegal immigrants have poured into the city each month and New York has been footing the bill. New York, a self-identified sanctuary city, has a right to shelter law that requires the city to provide housing for those in need. A recently built shelter at Brooklyn's Floyd Bennett Field, however, had migrants complaining about the no-frills accommodations, with one woman saying there wasn't even a television.
Progressive Democrats in the Big Apple complained about the cuts, but with declining tax revenues, the end of Covid funding from the federal government, the massive increase in the illegal immigrant population, and the refusal of the Biden White House to take responsibility for the disaster, the city is left with little choice but to make hard choices.
City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams suggested new revenue streams should be explored in order to offset the damage, and offered that the costs of providing aid to illegal immigrants could be better managed. "The administration’s response in providing services for asylum seekers has relied far too much on expensive emergency contracts with for-profit companies that cost the city billions of dollars," she said.
City comptroller Brad Lander, who made sure that Drag Queen Story Hour was funded while he was in City Council, complained about Adams heaping blame on the border problems. He said Adams should "stop suggesting that asylum seekers are the reason for imposing severe cuts when they are only contributing to a portion of these budget gaps, much of which already existed."
Federal officials, also not eager to take any blame, said that Adams is the problem because he doesn't have an adequate plan to deal with the illegal immigrant problem. His plan, it seems, is to slash the budget and punish New Yorkers.
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