NYC Mayor Unable To Handle Migrant Crisis

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( – On Wednesday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced that the previously announced police department budget cuts would be reversed. The budget cuts were originally meant to help the city handle the costs of the migrant crisis.

Adams noted that under his administration safety in the city has increased with the introduction of more police officers. He proceeded to state that with tax revenues that were better than anticipated, they could reverse the previously announced budget cuts.

In November, Adams cited that $1.45 billion had been spent on the migrant crisis in the last fiscal year. He further noted that in the 2024 and 2025 fiscal years, he anticipated the cost of the fiscal crisis to reach close to $11 billion. At the time he had noted that tax revenues were slowing down, the COVID funds were ending, and the costs of the migrant crisis were increasing.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) noted that the cuts included a hiring freeze that would help lower the numbers from 33,000 to under 30,000 by the end of the 2025 fiscal year. These cuts would also reduce the number of firefighters available.
The police union had slammed Adams for this decision arguing that it would be disastrous for the city.

However, on Wednesday Adams stated that he would be reversing some of the cuts that would have targeted the fire department and NYPD. This will mean that by April the city’s streets will have an additional 600 police officers.

He specifically also noted that the reversal was due to the actions taken by his administration and had not been the result of receiving any federal or state funding.

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