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Despite NYC Budget Crisis, de Blasio Wife Has $2M Staff of 14

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New York City is facing a serious budget crisis amid the coronavirus lockdowns. Trash pickups and city park maintenance are taking the hit and 22,000 city employees face losing their jobs. In response to this, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife — when not overseeing massive Black Lives Matter paintings in front of Trump Tower or trying to cancel 9/11 memorials — are keeping their personal expensive and bloated staff.

Mayor de Blasio tried to calm the anger surrounding this revelation at a press conference today by claiming his wife’s staff is necessary to fighting COVID-19 issues and the criticism “doesn’t take into account the work that’s being done,” as reported by the New York Post.

Chirlane McCray, the Mayor’s wife, has a staff of 14 that cost city taxpayers $2 million per year, as reported by Fox News. This includes a $70,000 videographer and a $117,000 speechwriter — even though McCray herself has worked as a speechwriter under a previous mayor.

Bill de Blasio announced a hiring freeze in April to help aid the $7 billion deficit resulting from the virus and lockdowns, signaling a large amount of furloughed employees in the near future. At the same time, McCray brought on a $150,000 a year adviser.

“How much taxpayer money will the mayor’s wife pilfer before leaving office? How can she sleep at night hiring these hacks knowing so many other city workers are facing layoffs this fall? This is a disgrace!” City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Queens) told Fox News.

Some of her large staff work on her $1.25 billion initiative focused on mental health in New York City. This program, ThriveNYC, was called out by the New York Post for “empty boasts” and missing metrics on a large amount of its activities.

McCray’s staff has doubled since 2018 and now includes a $143,000 public relations director $115,000 assistant, as reported by Fox News.

“With over 22,000 layoffs of city workers looming, the mayor can’t seriously expect to keep funding full-time, highly paid speechwriters and professional videographers for his wife’s political ambitions. It’s wrong, and it needs to stop,” City Councilman Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn) told Fox News.

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NYC bill trying to repeal ‘sanctuary city’ laws put in place by liberal Mayor Bill de Blasio

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New York lawmakers are introducing a bill this week to undo “sanctuary city” laws approved from 2014-2018 under then-Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat. Council members Robert Holden (D-Queens) and Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) told The New York Post they’ll introduce the bill Thursday.

Among the laws to be reversed include the prohibiting of the NYPD, and Correction and Probation departments from cooperating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents unless the cases involve suspected terrorists or serious public safety risks. It would also reverse rules prohibiting city agencies from partnering with ICE to enforce federal immigration laws.

“Sanctuary city laws put all New Yorkers, both immigrants and longtime residents, in danger by preventing the NYPD and DOC from working with ICE,” said Holden, a moderate Dem. “We do not need to import criminals, and only 23 years since 9/11, we have forgotten the deadly consequences of poor interagency communication. We must repeal these laws immediately.”

“Like most things in New York, sanctuary city policy is a social experiment gone off the rails,” said Borelli. “All the problems with these local laws came out during the public-hearing process, but the Council just stepped harder on the gas pedal.”

In February, Mayor Eric Adams called for the rules to be loosened so migrants “suspected” of “serious” crimes could also be turned over to ICE — as they once were under sanctuary city policies implemented as early as 1989 under ex-mayors Ed Koch and Michael Bloomberg.

Among public reasons for the push is the murder of Georgia nursing student Laken Riley.  If it wasn’t for the sanctuary city policies, Riley is among other deaths that could have been prevented if the policies were not in place, Holden and other critics have said.

The 22-year-old was found dead Feb. 22 on the University of Georgia’s campus, six months after her alleged killer Jose Antonio Ibarra, 26, was arrested in Queens and charged with endangering a child.

The Post explains of the case:

The NYPD had no choice but to cut the Venezuelan-born Ibarra loose — instead of turning him over to federal immigration officials — because he didn’t have any major crime convictions.

Council Speaker Adrienne Adams shot down the mayor’s idea just one day later, saying she and the rest of the Council’s progressive Democratic majority wouldn’t be considering any rule changes. The bill introduced this week is also likely to face objections from the Council’s left-wing Democratic majority.

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