Mayor Eric Adams was first in line to kiss the political rings Tuesday, hammering home New York City’s need for millions of dollars more in state aid to help contain the migrant crisis.
“New Yorkers are already carrying most of the asylum seekers. It is wrong to ask them to do more. It has put the city in a precarious situation. Today we are asking the state to increase its commitment to 50% of our cost," Adams said when testifying before a joint legislative budget hearing in Albany.
What You Need To Know
- Mayor Eric Adams is proposing the state pick up half the city's migrant costs, instead of a third as set out in last year's budget
- City Hall wants at least $2.8 billion from the state to help pay for the migrant crisis over the next year
- Adams says the state needs to give the Big Apple at least $600 million more thanks to extra funding pressures brought on by migrants
Adams wants Gov. Kathy Hochul and legislative leaders to approve a new and even migrant funding split. This would add at least an extra $400 million to Hochul’s $2.4 billion allocation within the $233 billion budget proposal.
“I think there's a realization that New York City and New York state is going to have to address this issue and we’re saying it should not be all on the backs of New York City residents," Adams said.
Adams cast a cold eye Tuesday on the Times Square beatdown of two cops outside a migrant shelter. When asked whether he would consider weakening the citywide edict that severely limits city cooperation with federal immigration authorities, Adams said he is open to the idea.
“If my team — legal team — tells me I have the authority to have cooperation with [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] for those who commit felony dangerous crimes, that is something we would love to entertain and to look at," Adams said.
But he stood firm on the Republican Party’s request to strip the Big Apple of its controversial sanctuary city status.
“Do you stand on the policy that New York City should remain a sanctuary city?” Republican state Sen. George Borello asked.
"Yes I do. I think that being a sanctuary city is the origin of all of us. All of us came from some level of immigration, but I think that those who come here and abuse our good nature, they need to be dealt with on the federal level and deported," Adams responded.
Known to give city mayors a hard time regarding key asks on what is known as “Tin Cup Day,” state lawmakers appeared to hold the line on Adams’ request to renew his control over the city school system before the April 1 budget deadline.
“I don't believe we've ever done mayoral control within the budget process. I’m perfectly happy to do it outside of the budget," said Democratic state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.
The mayor later said Tuesday that he did a great job making his case. And others were more positive.
“I think the mayor did absolutely great,” said ally and state Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn.
Adams also met in private with Hochul and legislative leaders during his visit before heading back to the Big Apple.