As if New York City didn’t have enough problems, Mayor Eric Adams announced a budget Thursday that would require a hiring freeze at the NYPD and deep cuts in education and sanitation. The cuts come because the so-called sanctuary city has had to pay billions to deal with the influx of illegal immigrants due to President Biden’s disastrous handling of the southern border.
What could go wrong?
BREAKING: NYT reports NYC Mayor Eric Adams has announced that due to the financial impact of ongoing migrant arrivals, the city will have to make budget cuts that will reduce NYPD officers to below 30,000 & slash the Education Department by $1 billion, amongst other cuts. He…
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Here’s the full tweet from Fox News’ Bill Melugin:
BREAKING: NYT reports NYC Mayor Eric Adams has announced that due to the financial impact of ongoing migrant arrivals, the city will have to make budget cuts that will reduce NYPD officers to below 30,000 & slash the Education Department by $1 billion, amongst other cuts. He warns more cuts will be necessary unless the city receives more federal money to help with migrant arrivals.
Adams has been a vocal critic of the Biden administration’s porous border, so much so that many wonder whether the mayor’s recent run-ins with the FBI are a form of payback from Joe and his weaponized Department of Justice. The feds raided his fundraising chief’s home in early November, and then on November 10, agents stopped him on the street and demanded he turn over his cellphones and an iPad. They are reportedly investigating whether he colluded with the Turkish government to funnel illegal foreign donations to his campaign account.
The influx of illegals has cost the city billions:
Mayor Eric Adams announced a $110.5 billion budget, saying cuts across all agencies were necessary with the city having spent $1.45 billion in fiscal 2023 on the migrant crisis and nearly $11 billion expected to be spent in 2024 and 2025.
“For months, we have warned New Yorkers about the challenging fiscal situation our city faces,” Adams said in a statement. “To balance the budget as the law requires, every city agency dug into their own budget to find savings, with minimal disruption to services.
The NYPD will freeze hiring to bring numbers from 33,000 to below 30,000 by the end of fiscal year 2025, and there will also be steep cuts in education, including the universal pre-kindergarten program, and sanitation.
Adams once again criticized the federal government, saying, “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.”
SANCTUARY CITY UPDATE:
Services for taxpayers in NY will be cut drastically in order to pay for illegals.
These budget cuts reduce the number of police officers and reduce spending on education by $1 billion.
More on the way, Mayor Adams adds.
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Police union President Patrick Hendry said life would get even more dangerous in the Big Apple as a result:
This is truly a disaster for every New Yorker who cares about safe streets.
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. We need every level of government to work together to find a way to support police officers and protect New York City’s 30 years of public safety progress.
The New York Post editorial board blasted the move:
Nor would it bring the promised savings: Overtime would have to soar, since any crisis would mean calling in cops from a smaller base.
Plus, as Adams himself put it while running for mayor, “The prerequisite to prosperity is public safety.”
And a more dangerous city is a less prosperous one — Adams is giving every business another reason to flee or just close, and potential new companies a huge reason to open elsewhere; property values will drop, too: This will decimate the tax base.
What is the mayor thinking — that slashing the NYPD is politically easier?
New York has had a hard time of it in recent years, getting smacked by COVID, rising crime, homelessness, and illegal immigration. It’s about to get a lot worse.
Thanks, Joe. And Mayor, how’s that sanctuary city thing working out for you?