Grammy-winning hip-hop star Cardi B is voicing her dissatisfaction with New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ proposed budget cuts. The city is facing significant financial strain due to the costs associated with caring for asylum seekers. As a result, Adams plans to implement a series of cuts that will impact various departments throughout the city.
Under these proposed cuts, the sanitation department will face a $32 million reduction, while the FDNY will experience a $74 million decrease and the Department of Education will see a massive $547 million cut. Cardi B, in a livestream reposted to X.com, predicts that these budget cuts will make New York City a more dangerous place.
In her livestream, Cardi B expresses her concerns about the impact on policing and its potential consequences. She states, “Crimes are gonna go through the roof because there is a police safety budget cut.” Additionally, she raises concerns about the sanitation budget cut, suggesting that it will lead to a rise in rat infestation, making the city even dirtier.
Cardi B also criticizes President Joe Biden for allocating financial aid to countries engaged in wars while domestic services are being cut. She questions the logic of a $100 million budget cut in New York City for schools, libraries, police safety, and sanitation, in contrast to funding two ongoing wars. She emphasizes the need to prioritize funding within the country.
The revised budget, amounting to $110.5 billion, will soon be presented to the New York City Council for approval. Mayor Adams defends the budget cuts, stating that each agency had to find savings in their own budgets while minimizing disruptions to essential services. He acknowledges the increasing costs associated with handling migrants, the slowdown in tax revenue growth, and the drying up of COVID relief funds.
Patrick Hendry, president of the Police Benevolent Association, strongly opposes Adams’ plan. He believes the cuts will compromise public safety, stating, “This is truly a disaster for every New Yorker who cares about safe streets. 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.”
The budget proposal will undergo review and approval from city lawmakers in the coming weeks. Adams stresses the necessity of balancing the budget while acknowledging the financial challenges facing the city. He highlights the increased costs of caring for migrants, slow growth in tax revenue, and the depletion of COVID relief funds as contributing factors to the budget cuts.