(DailyVantage.com) – New York City’s Mayor, Eric Adams, recently announced a reversal to a planned budget cut targeting the city’s police department, which resulted from the ongoing migrant crisis unfolding in New York City. Adams’ administration initially planned to cut budgets for various city departments, including the New York Police Department, in an attempt to reserve more funding for sheltering and feeding migrants.
Adams is now reversing the police department budget cut, claiming that having more police officers patrolling New York City will help ensure the safety of city residents. During the initial budget cut announcement, Adams cited the $1.45 billion spent on migrants as a reason for the planned funding reductions.
Adams also said that he expects the cost of the migrant crisis to increase throughout 2024 and 2025. According to Adams, without intervention, New York City will spend over $12 billion on the migrant crisis within the next two years. Adams also claimed that tax revenue within New York City is shrinking, and the federal stimulus provided during the international pandemic is tapering off.
Adams’ decision to reduce the NYPD’s budget drew heavy criticism from members of the police union, primarily due to the city’s plan to freeze hiring for the police department. The proposed budget cuts also included the Fire Department of New York and would’ve reduced the department’s workforce by an unspecified number of employees.
Adams confirmed that some of the proposed budget cuts won’t occur before sharing the news that over 600 officers will join the NYPD in April. Adams also claimed that three additional NYPD classes will graduate in 2024, which would substantially increase the NYPD’s workforce. While announcing the reversal, Adams said that the decision to prevent the budget cuts resulted from his administration. According to Adams, the budget cut reversal didn’t involve any help from New York state officials or aid from the White House.
Despite reversing the budget cuts, some police union members aren’t satisfied. Patrick Hendry, the president of the Police Benevolent Association, cited a declining police force as a critical concern for residents of New York City. Hendry referred to the “Defund the Police” movement in his statement, claiming that the NYPD is still 2,700 cops short of the pre-movement police force. Hendry also said approximately 3,000 cops retired or left the force in 2023. According to Hendry, New York City needs to take steps to retain its police force and improve officer’s quality of life to keep them working within the city.
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