NYC agencies may soon feel crunch as Mayor Adams calls for 5% budget cuts due to illegal alien crisis

New Yorkers may soon be feeling a crunch on city services as the mayor resorted to “scapegoating” in a call for budget cuts as a direct result of his sanctuary city policy.

Hurling invectives proved a futile endeavor for NYC Mayor Eric Adams (D) who, on Saturday, released his latest finger-pointing salvo in managing the illegal alien crisis. With his own projection that the influx of tens of thousands of so-called “asylum seekers” could cost the city $12 billion through 2025, Hizzoner called for multiple rounds of cuts amounting to 15 percent by April.

“The simple truth is that longtime New Yorkers and asylum seekers will feel these potential cuts and they will hurt,” the mayor lamented after leaving the door open for the aliens without having a plan in place to manage them. “New Yorkers are angry and frustrated, and they are right to be. I am too.”

According to the release, Adams sought no less than three waves of five percent cuts to the budget expected to be met by November’s budget update, January’s preliminary budget and April’s executive budget. It also promised “there will not be layoffs,” a claim readily disputed, even by Democrats.

“Oh my God! I don’t think any agency could take a 5% cut. It would be detrimental to quality of life — no question,” said Councilwoman Gale Brewer (D) to the New York Post. “We’re talking about programs that support essential workers, social workers, housing, health care. I don’t know if you could do it without layoffs.”

Another source told the newspaper, “There’s no scenario of a 5% cut at every agency without layoffs. It will mean dirtier streets and crime could go up.”

Meanwhile, after having been called out for dubbing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) a “madman” for busing aliens to New York to relieve some of the exponential greater stress felt at the U.S.- Mexico border, Adams returned to blaming the state and federal government for not funding his mismanagement.

“I want to be clear: these tough decisions are a direct result of inaction in Washington and in Albany,” he said Saturday.

“But the die is not yet cast. We can still avoid these cuts if Washington and Albany do their part by paying their fair share, and coming up with a decompression strategy that reduces the pressure on New York City, so we are not forced to manage this crisis almost entirely on our own,” the mayor argued.

Adams also pointed to the sunset of COVID funds as the release lamented the end of the emergency aid but neglected to connect the reduction in revenue the city was facing with the policies from City Hall that had driven businesses and residents away and the rampant crime keeping tourists out of The Big Apple.

“Counting the costs of a national crisis that has fallen onto New York City with COVID funding that is running out and reduced revenue growth, our city’s financial future may be at risk if we do not act,” the statement added.

In reacting to the budget reductions, City Comptroller Brad Lander (D) called out, “But while our office will review these proposed cuts, one thing is immediately clear: Scapegoating asylum seekers will not improve education, public safety, housing affordability or quality of life for New Yorkers.”

Reactions to the plight of the mayor were far from compassionate.

Kevin Haggerty

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