Mayor of crime-infested NYC wants to cut $563M fund in half to use toward illegal influx

New York City Mayor Eric Adams wants to cut the City Council’s $563 million discretionary fund in half to help the city financially as Title 42 ends and a flood of illegal immigrants are expected to overwhelm the Big Apple, swamping shelters and straining resources.

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According to the New York Post, the “City Council’s pork barrel” is about to get slashed if Adams gets his way.

The mayor told the media outlet on Tuesday that “he wants his across-the-board belt-tightening measures spurred by the migrant crisis to be felt in the district-specific spending of all 51 council members.”

He sent a notice to Council Speaker Adrienne Adams on Tuesday, telling her to notify all council members that he wants a 50% cut to their fund.

“We sent out a letter today to the Speaker, asking the City Council members to take a 50% cut in their discretionary dollars because many of them are, you know, talking about what we need to be doing to help the migrant seekers – so they need to help also,” the mayor asserted. “Let’s not spend other people’s money – so we need them to take a 50% cut in the end of the year so we can contribute and throw the money in a pot.”

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Unfortunately, Adams cannot mandate that the council cut its budget as the legislative branch sets its own financial blueprint.

The council has held hearings for two days on the migrant crisis. Members grilled City Hall officials over expenses, including the now defunct Randalls Island mega-shelter tents, according to the New York Post.

Council members are reportedly digging in their heels on a number of cuts that have been directed by the city’s Office of Management and Budget. They are opposing slashing agency budgets and eliminating vacant positions across city departments.

“The council has received no such letter from the administration. It’s disappointing that the mayor’s word on a budget agreement seems to have decreasing value and he is attempting to renegotiate via the New York Post editorial board,” a representative for Speaker Adrienne Adams carped. “At today’s hearing, the council heard from numerous non-profit organizations filling the gaps of essential work for New Yorkers and asylum seekers in our communities without reimbursement from this administration — these are the recipients of council funding.”

“The mayor is starving city agencies of staff and resources, leaving nonprofits to fill the gap without his support, and now he wants to take funding away from these non-profit service providers. When the mayor is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on for-profit contractors to construct tents that go unused but not investing in the non-profit organizations delivering services, it raises serious concerns. The council will always prioritize New Yorkers and the organizations that serve them,” the representative asserted.

The directive emanating from Mayor Adams is viewed as a “declaration of war” on the council, according to sources that spoke with the New York Post.

“This is a cheap political stunt by the mayor to gut essential services that serve LGBTQ, immigrant, and other marginalized communities. It’s nothing short of a war with the City Council. He can set an example by cutting his own budget by 50%,” an anonymous Democratic councilmember whined.

On Monday, Adams warned that if he doesn’t get adequate financial help from Gov. Kathy Hochul and President Biden soon, then “every service” in the city, including education, sanitation, and the NYPD, will be impacted by the influx of migrants that will inundate the city if the pandemic-era federal immigration policy known as Title 42 expires.

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City Hall asked the federal government for $1 billion in November. The request is still pending.

The Biden administration had until 5 pm Tuesday to respond to an appeal from 19 Republican-led states requesting that the federal government keep the rule in place.

The Biden administration asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to let Title 42 come to an end but requested a brief delay until at least after Christmas, according to Fox News.

In a filing, the administration acknowledged to the Supreme Court that the end of Title 42 will likely lead to “disruption and a temporary increase in unlawful border crossings” but asked the court to reject efforts by a group of conservative-leaning states to keep Title 42 in place.

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