Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B has voiced her dissatisfaction with New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ plan to implement significant budget cuts. The proposed 5% cuts, which will affect various departments in the city, are the first of three rounds that Mayor Adams has ordered to offset the billions of dollars spent on addressing the influx of asylum seekers in New York.
According to the New York Post, multiple city departments will experience the impact of these cuts. The sanitation department will face a reduction of $32 million, while the FDNY will see a decrease of $74 million, and the Department of Education will face a staggering loss of $547 million.
In a livestream shared on X.com, Cardi B made a statement predicting that these budget cuts would lead to an increase in crime rates, making New York City a more dangerous place. She expressed concerns about the consequences for her family members, friends, and others living in the neighborhoods most affected by these cuts.
The rapper specifically mentioned the sanitation budget cut, suggesting that it would result in a rise in rat infestations, exacerbating the city’s cleanliness issues.
Furthermore, Cardi B criticized President Joe Biden for allocating financial assistance to Ukraine and Israel amidst their ongoing conflicts with Russia and Hamas, respectively. She questioned the justification behind providing funds for these wars while essential services such as schools, libraries, police safety, and sanitation in New York City face severe budget reductions.
Mayor Adams is set to present a revised budget of $110.5 billion to the New York City Council for approval next week. He defended the cuts, stating that each city agency made efforts to find savings within their budgets while minimizing disruption to services.
However, Patrick Hendry, the president of the Police Benevolent Association, expressed dismay over the plan, asserting that it would lead to a perilous situation where the city’s streets are less safe. Hendry emphasized that the proposed cuts would bring the city back to staffing levels reminiscent of the crime epidemic in the ’80s and ’90s, urging against a return to those times.