Virtue signaling has left New York City “destroyed” and as Mayor Eric Adam’s found himself admitting that on one particular policy point, it wasn’t himself he left shouldering the blame.
Before taking office, Adams had campaigned on the promise that the Big Apple would remain a sanctuary city under his watch. Now, more than a year into his administration, the widespread detriment left him railing against illegal aliens while speaking in Washington, D.C.
Joining a panel for a gathering of the African American Mayors Association on Friday, Hizzoner admitted “The city is being destroyed by the migrant crisis.”
Rather than admit his own fault in leaving the door open and compounding the burden on taxpayers with the constant shuffle of illegals from shelters to hotels after signing a $275 million contract with the Hotel Association of New York City, Adams set his sights on fellow Democrats who weren’t working to collect the funds necessary to bolster his efforts to put aliens ahead of citizens.
“None of my folks came to Washington, D.C. to fight for the resources that’s going to undermine every agency in our city,” he expressed.
That argument, according to the New York Post, came after Public Advocate Jumaane Williams had traveled to D.C. earlier in the week seeking additional federal funding to aid with the crisis estimated to cost the city around $4.3 billion.
Along with his own people, Adams set his sights on President Joe Biden’s administration Wednesday when he laid into the federal government for supposedly abandoning NYC during “one of the largest humanitarian crises that this city has ever experienced.”
“The national government has turned its back on New York City. Every service in this city is going to be impacted by the asylum seeker crisis,” he lamented.
From July 2022 through March 2023, NYC had spent roughly $817 million in handling illegal aliens according to the Office of Budget and Management, and the city had applied for around $654 million in federal grant money through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Whether those funds will be allocated remains to be seen as a decision isn’t expected until May 31.
In the meantime, Adams had directed agencies through the five boroughs to cut their own budgets to make up for the over $4 billion being directed toward the crisis.
“He’s trying to throw the weight off him onto the president, whom he’s criticized before,” political consultant Hank Sheinkopf told the Post, “and it’s very unlikely that big city mayors or the federal officials want to join him.”
“They cannot criticize an incumbent president, which is what Adams has done this week. They’re thinking: You never come back from attacking the president of your own party,” he added.”
Meanwhile, Adams went on to boast about where NYC would be if it weren’t for the crisis he invited, claiming, “If you removed the $4.2 billion dollars that have been dropped into my city because of a mismanaged asylum seeker issue, you [would have] probably witnessed one of the greatest fiscal turnarounds in the history of New York City.”
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