Eric Adams slams Joe Biden again over New York City’s migrant crisis – as the president REFUSES to meet mayor while in town for the UN Assembly
Eric Adams lashed out on Tuesday at Joe Biden snubbing him during his visit to the city, noting pointedly that Biden ‘knows where I am.’
Biden arrived in New York City on Sunday evening for the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly.
He will remain in the city until Wednesday, but is not expected to meet the mayor – who has been strongly critical of Biden for his handling of the migrant crisis.
Adams has frequently demanded Biden do more to stem the flow of arrivals: More than 113,000 migrants have arrived in his city since spring 2022, including nearly 60,000 currently being housed in an overwhelmed shelter system.
He has been tearing into the migrant crisis crippling NYC – which he warned will ‘destroy’ the city without urgent action.
Eric Adams is seen on Tuesday promoting a new trash system designed to reduce the rat problem. He was asked if he was going to meet Joe Biden – who is in New York for the UN General Assembly – and replied that Biden knew where to find him if he wanted to speak
Joe Biden is seen on Tuesday addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations
Migrants are pictured outside the Roosevelt Hotel in midtown Manhattan – one of many coopted by the city to shelter the new arrivals
Migrants were seen sleeping outside The Roosevelt Hotel which has reached capacity since being turned into a designated center for asylum seekers
Adams, the mayor of the largest city in the U.S., has admitted that he and Biden, both Democrats, have not spoken since the beginning of the year.
‘President Biden’s coming to the city,’ said Adams on Tuesday, speaking at an event designed to improve New York’s trash collection and reduce the rat population.
‘I am hoping that he understands this beautiful city that’s the economic engine of the entire country is been saddled with a $2 billion that we spent already, $5 billion we’re going to spend in this fiscal crisis, $12 billion in the next two budgetary cycles.
‘New York doesn’t deserve this, the asylum seekers don’t deserve this.’
Adams suggested that Biden should take the time to meet him.
‘So while he’s here, I think that they should really reflect on: New York City has done its part,’ he said.
He said Biden’s team could easily arrange a meeting.
Biden on Tuesday morning met the president of Brazil, Lula, and Israel’s leader, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Adams’s schedule included meetings with the mayor of Montreal and Kansas City, Missouri.
He then addressed the Atlantic Council Global Citizens Dinner and the Africa-America Institute’s 70th Anniversary Gala.
Adam’s team tweeted photos of him meeting the president of Sierra Leone, prime minister of Sweden, and mayor of Seoul.
‘Once we know what I’m going to do, we release a public schedule,’ said Adams.
‘I’m very public. Everybody knows where I am. You guys know where I am all the time. We release if we’re going to be with the President or not.’
Adams says that New York City is struggling to cope, and has ordered agencies to slash their budgets by 5 percent, and possibly 15 percent in the future, in order to pay for the response to the new arrivals.
The Roosevelt Hotel (pictured), Paul Hotel and Paramount Hotel are among the hotels designated for housing migrants in Manhattan
A bus carrying the migrants from Texas arrives at the Port Authority bus station of New York on May 3
Asylum seekers, denied a hotel room, line the side walk of the Roosevelt Hotel
The city is currently paying about $385 a night per migrant family that needs housing and feeding, pictured here are migrant children seen playing outside of Roosevelt Hotel
Despite 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.
As the school year kicked off, 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.
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.
Adams recently admitted the crisis is threatening to ‘destroy’ the Big Apple – but he blasted a lack of federal support, a ‘broken’ nationwide immigration system and Republicans bussing refugees from their own states into the city
The migration situation in the Big Apple has been described as a humanitarian crisis by officials, and it costs more than $9 million per day for housing, food and support
In March, city officials launched a 24-hour center to handle the numbers, and created a new agency to help coordinate efforts.
Mayor Eric Adams has warned the crisis will cost the Big Apple $12 billion over next three years
An exasperated Adams demanded that the federal government step in to help the city avert a budgetary crisis as expenses mount — now projected at $12.2 billion by the end of next year.
‘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 Abbot’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.’
Indeed, many of the migrants have been bused in from southern states like Texas and Florida as the conservatives governors of these states look to put some of the migration pressure on progressive governments.
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.
Adams warned that the city’s services will be affected by the additional strain on the budget.
He has previously stated the city is planning on cutting services such as library hours, meals for senior citizens, and free, full-day care for three-year-olds.
Speaking to furious residents at a town hall meeting, 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.’