New York’s police officers will face overtime cuts – despite increased crime – as the city continues to struggle with the financial toll of the migrant crisis that has overwhelmed the Big Apple.
Upwards of 110,000 migrants are littered across the New York area, with most arriving in the last 18 months from the southern border. Mayor Eric Adams has warned the issue could cost taxpayers $12million and destroy the city.
Jacques Jiha, the city’s budget director, has told not just the police department, but fire, sanitation and corrections to drastically reduce overtime.
‘The mayor will … issue a directive to implement an overtime reduction initiative for our city’s four uniformed agencies (NYPD, FDNY, DOC/DSNY),’ he wrote in a Saturday memo.
The move is part of city-wide budget reductions Adams has warned could impact nearly every agency as New York struggles to fund housing for the swell of migrants.
Adams has also warned that the crush of migrants could force the city to have leave indoor-shelters.
New York’s police officers will face overtime cuts in an attempt to try and get the city’s migrant crisis, as funds to keep cops on the job will now be diverted to funding shelters
Upwards of 110,000 migrants are littered across the New York area and Mayor Eric Adams’ office has estimated the issue will cost New York City $12billion over three years
No layoffs are being proposed by the city as part of attempts to keep budgets in check, according to the New York Post. There will, however, be a hiring freeze, save for departments like public health and safety.
There is also, apparently, a reduction in overtime.
‘These agencies must submit a plan to reduce year-to-year OT spending,’ he added, saying that they must send City Hall monthly reports to track their progress toward the city’s goal for overtime reduction.
The memo comes days after Mayor Adams went on a highly publicized rant, tearing into the migrant crisis crippling the Big Apple – which he warned will ‘destroy’ the city without urgent action.
Speaking to furious residents at a town hall meeting on Wednesday, he admitted he doesn’t see a solution to the problem as he slammed the lack of help from Joe Biden.
‘Let me tell you something, New Yorkers. Never in my life have I had a problem that I did not see an ending to. I don’t see an ending to this,’ he conceded. ‘This issue will destroy New York City. Destroy New York City.’
He blamed both the state and federal government for ‘grossly inadequate’ funding to help with the crisis.
However, migrant services are also apparently on the chopping block, as Jiha wrote in the memo.
‘We are also reducing services being provided to asylum seekers and closely monitoring these services to ensure they are being delivered in the cost-efficient and cost-effective manner possible,’ he said.
On Sunday, Adams said that migrant woman and children who had been given priority at city shelters could soon find themselves out of in-door shelters.
‘We’re going to have to eventually move women and children into congregant settings. Some migrants might have to move into outside tents,’ he said in an interview aired Sunday on PIX11, according to the New York Daily News.
‘This is not an academic exercise, this is not a utopia. New York City cannot manage 10,000 people a month with no end in sight. That can’t happen, and that is going to undermine this entire city,’ the mayor said on PIX11.
Migrant services are also apparently on the chopping block, as Jiha wrote in the memo
Patrick Hendry, head of the city’s biggest police union, the Police Benevolent Association, said that this is no time for cuts to overtime
Jacques Jiha, the city’s budget director, has told not just the police department, but fire, sanitation and corrections to drastically reduce overtime
‘The city is experiencing a humanitarian crisis we did not cause,’ Jiha wrote.
Patrick Hendry, head of the city’s biggest police union, the Police Benevolent Association, said that this is no time for cuts to overtime.
‘It is going to be impossible for the NYPD to significantly reduce overtime unless it fixes its staffing crisis,’ Hendry said. ‘We are still thousands of cops short, and we’re struggling to drive crime back to pre-2020 levels without adequate personnel.
Despite mayor Adams’ cries for help from the state and federal government, the city has not received aid to cover the extra costs, so the $4.7billion would come from the city’s budget.
That amount is equal to the budgets for the city’s sanitation, fire and parks departments combined.
There are now nearly 60,000 migrants in the city’s care, with about 21,000 new migrant children starting school this year. Many of the migrants are being house in hotels and shelters throughout the city.
That has led to scenes of migrants sleeping for days outside the Roosevelt Hotel in Midtown Manhattan as they tried to get inside the at-capacity hotel. In other parts of town, protests have been held as migrants are held in schools with students returning to the classroom.
As the school year kicked off on Thursday, some schools were forced to turn away students as the classrooms overflowed.
City officials have said they expect the number asylum seeker population to reach nearly 33,980 households this fiscal year.
Migrants sleep outside the Roosevelt Hotel in downtown Manhattan
Streets in Manhattan have become overrun with migrants hoping for space in one of New York City’s sanctuary hotels, pictured outside the once-iconic Roosevelt Hotel in August
Eric Adams has turned to a variety of city landmarks and emergency shelters to house over 110,000 migrants in New York. Pictured: Refugees lined the street outside the iconic Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan in August
New York City’s migrant crisis is expected to cost the city $4.7billion this year. Above is a list of some of the landmarks that have been turned into emergency shelters as officials struggle to house nearly 60,000 migrants in the city’s care
There are now nearly 60,000 migrants in the city’s care, with about 21,000 new migrant children starting school this year. Ecuadorian migrant Kimberly Carchipulla, right, and her son 5-year-old Damien, center, wait for the bus on their way to school on Thursday, in New York
As the school year kicked off on Thursday, some schools were focused to turn away students as the classrooms overflowed
The city is currently paying about $385 a night per migrant family that needs housing and feeding. According to Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, asylum seekers are costing the city roughly $10 million every day.
An exasperated Adams did not mince words on Wednesday as he said the city’s survival hangs on outside help to deal with the crisis.
‘It started with a madman down in Texas deciding he wanted to bus people up to New York City,’ he said, referencing Texas governor Gregg Abbott’s busing of migrants to the city.
Adams continued: ‘110,000 migrants we have to feed, clothe, house… we have to educate their children, wash their laundry sheets… give them everything they need.’
Many of the migrants have been bused in from southern states like Texas and Florida as the conservatives governors – such as Abbott Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis – of these states look to put some of the migration pressure on progressive governments and President Joe Biden in Washington.
They are not undocumented but do not have work permits, as they must wait months to receive them after applying for asylum.
Experts say this is one of the main issues, as the migrants can’t work and become independent enough to find their own housing. A consent decree from decades ago, means the city must provide housing for all homeless individuals.
Last week, Abbott ripped Adams and New York calling the mayor a ‘hypocrite’ for his warning. The Texas governor noted the migrant population in New York is a fraction of what Texas has faced coming from the border with Mexico.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has shuttled over 35,000 migrants from his state to ‘sanctuary cities’ across the US, including over 13,300 to New York City
The crisis at the border was escalated in April with the expiration of Title 42, a pandemic-era immigration policy – leading to over 10,000 undocumented arrivals every day for several days
‘Mayor Adams was proud to tout his self-described sanctuary city status until Texas began busing migrants to New York City to provide relief to our overrun and overwhelmed border communities,’ Abbott’s press secretary Andrew Mahaleris said in a statement to Fox News Digital.
‘With millions of residents, New York is only dealing with a fraction of what our small border communities deal with on a day-to-day basis,’ Mahaleris continued in his statement.
‘Instead of complaining about 13,000 migrants sent from Texas, Mayor Adams should be calling out his party leader, President Biden, who has been flying planeloads of migrants all around the country and oftentimes in the cover of night, straining state and local resources across the country.
‘Until President Biden steps up and does his job, Texas will continue busing migrants to sanctuary cities to provide relief to our overwhelmed border towns.’
There have been a flood of migrants arriving at the southern border under Biden’s administration, including a spike when Title 42 ended.
As Title 42 ended, migrants crossing hit a record 10,000 a day at the border with Mexico. That crushed services and overwhelmed border towns, leading to some states to bus migrants to northern, liberal-led cities.
Abbott’s move to begin bussing migrants in August 2022 came over a year after he launched ‘Operation Lone Star’, an initiative that allowed him to take sweeping action against asylum seekers filling Texas towns.
He issued a disaster declaration in May 2021 in over 50 counties – most on or near the border – which granted him authority to deploy Texas National Guard troops and advanced his powers to detain.
According to analysis by The Texas Tribune, ProPublica and The Marshall Project published in March 2022, the project costs taxpayers $2.5 million every week.
Abbott’s handling of the migrant crisis in his own state took a major hit this month, however, as a judge ordered him to remove a floating barrier the governor had placed on a river between the US and Mexico to deter border crossings.