Can you believe this?
New York City Mayor Eric Adams is urging the wealthiest residents to contribute financially to help the city navigate a fiscal crisis exacerbated by the ongoing migrant situation. This appeal comes shortly after the city revealed significant budget cuts.
According to Fox, during a Police Athletic League lunch on Friday, Adams emphasized the need for collective action, stating, “This is a moment where it’s an all hands on deck moment.” He called upon the affluent individuals to support various organizations, such as PAL, the Robin Hood Foundation, and others, aligning philanthropic interests with the existing gaps in services.
Adams also encouraged New Yorkers to engage with Washington, D.C., urging them to demand increased support for the city, which he characterizes as facing a “national crisis.”
These statements followed the announcement of budget reductions, including a decrease in police numbers and cuts to education and sanitation in the so-called “sanctuary” city. Adams unveiled a $110.5 billion budget, citing the necessity of cuts across all agencies due to the city’s substantial spending on the migrant crisis, totaling $1.45 billion in fiscal 2023 and an anticipated $11 billion in 2024 and 2025.
To achieve a reduction in police numbers below 30,000 by the end of fiscal year 2025 from the current 33,000, the New York Police Department will freeze hiring. Significant cuts will also affect education programs, including the universal pre-kindergarten initiative, and sanitation services.
New York City has witnessed an influx of over 130,000 migrants since the previous year, a consequence of the prolonged crisis at the southern border. While this figure is a fraction of the more than 2.4 million migrant encounters at the southern border in FY 23, Adams has expressed concerns that the crisis could potentially “destroy” the city.
The budget cuts have elicited criticism from the city’s teachers and police unions. Police union President Patrick Hendry labeled the situation a “disaster” for those concerned about public safety, emphasizing the strain on police resources and the risk of returning to staffing levels reminiscent of the crime epidemic in the ’80s and ’90s. Calls for additional federal assistance have been echoed by New York City and other liberal jurisdictions, including Massachusetts and Chicago.
In response, the Biden administration has highlighted the more than $770 million distributed to support communities accommodating migrants in the past year. The administration has deployed personnel to assist with work permits and educate migrants on the immigration system, emphasizing its commitment to addressing the complex challenges posed by the ongoing crisis.