The plan included the New York Police Department's (NYPD's) reduction of workforce to just 29,000 cops by the end of fiscal year 2025, the lowest level since the mid-90s. It indicated that the next five police academy classes will be axed, which will decimate an already strained department as roughly 4,500 officers are expected to leave their ranks within the next 18 months, the New York Post reported. "The defund the police crowd's woke dream has come true. We were fed a line of BS that the wave of migrants would be a benefit to the city. Now we are defunding the police to pay for their beds," the enraged Council Republican Minority Leader Joe Borelli said.
Firefighters are also in the firing line with New York City Fire Department (FDNY) members who are on "long-term light duties" – meaning those who have been injured on the job or are out sick – are forced into early retirement or fired under the plan. President of the FDNY's union Andrew Ansbro slammed the sweeping budget reductions, arguing the Adams administration "should have taken a different approach with the life-saving agencies like the FDNY and NYPD, which could really affect safety in New York City." "Our job being dangerous, we have a lot of members who [are] getting physically injured … now they are being pushed out the door to early retirement when they have a lot to offer. They are cutting back on people who really help the safety of FDNY and residents of New York City," he added.
In addition to these austerity measures, the city has announced that it will close public libraries on weekends and cut almost $550 million from its Education Department. This comes after learning in June that NYC would cut "meals for senior citizens, re-entry programming for Riker's Island prisoners, and free, full-day care for three-year-olds," as Bloomberg reported at the time. The New York government will also remove trash cans from the sidewalks. Critics now raise their concerns about the worsening rat crisis in the city.
Meanwhile, Adams is reportedly working on extending the city's contract with local hotels to help house asylum seekers for up to three more years at a staggering added cost of $1.365 billion, nearly five times what the original deal called for. This is exclusive of the cost of city facilities and other rented sites housing homeless illegal aliens pouring into the Big Apple by the thousands every week. (Related: Sanctuary City New York spent over $5 billion in taxpayer money the previous fiscal year to provide services for ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.)
The move received massive backlash from experts. "Why are we extending this contract for three years? It sends the message of not wanting to reduce this migrant population," Nicole Gelinas, a senior fellow with the Manhattan Institute, said. She further stated that New York created "one big monopoly" by giving the hotel industry an overarching contract without competing bids that could lower costs.
Democratic Queens Councilman Robert Holden commented that the migrant crisis has evolved into a financial "boondoggle," with quietly extended contracts fattening the pockets of a few at the taxpayer's expense. He went on to say: "It's time to halt this fiscal recklessness. Let's send those [migrant] buses to the White House and remember that 'Right to Shelter' shouldn’t be misconstrued as a global entitlement," referring to NYC's law guaranteeing shelter to the homeless, including asylum seekers.
As he presented the plans to roll out cuts in the finances of the sanctuary city, Adams "knocked on the hearts" of New York's richest so they would "open their wallets."
"This is a moment where it's an all hands on deck moment," Adams told a Police Athletic League lunch on Friday. "The way it goes, New York goes, America goes, but I'm going to need you more than ever to support many of these organizations like PAL, Robin Hood Foundation and others," he said to the crowd, which included Tony Danza, John Catsimatidis and Mitchell Modell, the former CEO of the sporting goods chain. "A moment where our philanthropic interests must align with some of the gaps and services that we are seeing today."
Adams also urged the city's elite class to "reach out to Washington, D.C." and demand more support for the city. "I need your voice to reach out to Washington D.C. and say this is your city. New York City is the economic agent of this entire country and we cannot continue to watch New York City carry a national crisis like we are witnessing now," he said.
Over 130,000 migrants since last year came to NYC as part of the knock-on effect of the nearly three-year crisis at the southern border. It's a small number of the more than 2.4 million migrant encounters at the southern border in fiscal year 2023, but Adams has warned that the crisis could "destroy" the city.