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NYC Mayor Eric Adams Unveils $4 Billion Budget Cuts, Blaming Migrant Crisis

NYC Mayor Eric Adams Unveils $4 Billion Budget

NYC Mayor Eric Adams Unveils $4 Billion Budget Cuts, Blaming Migrant Crisis. In a significant and contentious move, Mayor Eric Adams’ administration disclosed plans for approximately $4 billion in budget cuts over the next 18 months, citing the ongoing migrant crisis as the primary reason.

NYC Mayor Eric Adams Unveils $4 Billion Budget Cuts, Blaming Migrant Crisis. Adams said, “This is the most painful exercise I’ve ever done in my professional life.”

Effective immediately, the cuts entail a broad 5 percent reduction in budgets across every city agency, with expectations of two more rounds of similar cuts in the coming year. The New York Police Department (NYPD) will see its workforce drop to under 30,000 employees, a level not witnessed in decades, and the next five classes of officers will be postponed.

PBA President Patrick Hendry expressed deep concern, stating, “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.

Over 142,000 migrants have arrived since last spring. Adams administration accused this migrant crisis for the budget cut. Officials assert that without additional federal aid, these cuts will persist.

The impact extends beyond the NYPD, affecting various essential services.

The Summer Rising summer program for middle schoolers will be curtailed, and thousands of spots for universal prekindergarten will be eliminated.

Libraries will also bear the brunt of these cuts, leading to significant funding reductions and closures on Sundays, starting in December. Library leaders lamented, “Without sufficient funding, we cannot sustain our current levels of service, and any further cuts to the Libraries’ budgets will, unfortunately, result in deeper service impacts.”

City Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Iscol mentioned plans for approximately 20 percent cuts to migrant services, although specific details were not disclosed. Iscol affirmed, “We’re taking a look at everything.”

As New Yorkers grapple with the immediate effects of these budget cuts, there is apprehension about future reductions. The Adams administration has warned of two additional rounds of 5 percent budget cuts in early 2024 if more state or federal aid is not secured to address the ongoing challenges posed by the migrant crisis.

The controversial budget cuts underscore the delicate balance between addressing fiscal challenges and maintaining essential public services in the wake of the migrant crisis.


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Written by Anthony Peters