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Adams Proposes Most Extreme City Budget Cuts To Date, Claims Migrants Will “Destroy New York City”
No. 339 | Monday, September 11, 2023
The NYC Thorn is a weekly roundup of local political news compiled by members of NYC-DSA.
Mayor Adams proposed a 15% cut in the city budget over the next fiscal year, citing financial strain on city services caused by an influx of asylum-seekers. He also suggested that federal and state aid could mitigate some of the cuts.
At a town hall, Adams made disturbing claims about the migrant crisis, stating that an increase in migrants would “destroy New York City”. He was met with widespread criticism from Democrats, including Chicago mayor Brandon Johnson. Republicans nationwide celebrated Adams’ remarks.
The morning after Adams’ remarks, the NYPD conducted a violent raid on a migrant shelter in Brooklyn to confiscate illegal mopeds.
The Biden and Adams administrations are hoping to expedite work permit processing for migrants to provide them access to more job opportunities.
Governor Hochul is considering calling for a special legislative session to address the migrant surge.
Attorney General Letitia James reached a settlement with the NYPD related to abuses surrounding the 2020 George Floyd protests, which will result in several policy changes, including a ban on kettling.
The Supreme Court is reviewing challenges to rent stabilization and will likely make public their intention to hear or dismiss these cases by October.
After a contentious 13-year period without a contract that spanned three mayoral administrations, Staten Island Ferry workers and the Adams administration finally reached a deal on a new contract.
School bus drivers represented by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 may go on strike this week if negotiations with the NYC Department of Education break down.
An attempt to build a new subway or light rail line on abandoned railroad tracks in Southern Queens is gaining some political momentum.
A special election to replace Democratic Assembly Member Daniel Rosenthal (District 27, central Queens) will take place tomorrow. Observers believe that the Republican, David Hirsch, has a shot to succeed despite the Democratic establishment's best efforts to elevate their candidate, Sam Berger.
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