New York City Mayor Eric Adams had a message for President Biden Tuesday when faced with repeated questions about whether they would meet while the president was in town to address the United Nations General Assembly, as relations between the two Democrats have soured during Big Apple's worsening migrant crisis.
"I'm very public. Everybody knows where I am," Adams said during an unrelated press conference Tuesday, which was slated to address the city transportation department’s next phase in its "war on rats." The mayor stressed that all his meetings would be on his public schedule. "You guys know where I am all the time. We release if we're going to be with the president or not."
"President Biden's coming to the city," Adams added, "I am hoping that he understands this beautiful city that's the economic engine of the entire country is being saddled with $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."
When pressed on whether Adams would meet with Biden specifically, the mayor continued, "So while he's here, I think that they should really reflect on, New York City has done its part."
Adams, who once dubbed himself the "Biden of Brooklyn," said he has not spoken to the president since earlier this year on the migrant crisis or any other issue. After the mayor criticized Biden more harshly in May, Adams was removed from Biden’s re-election team, yet Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul remains a member of the presidential campaign’s team of surrogates.
"I spoke to the president earlier this year and shared our concerns of both the governor also communicated with him, and that was the last time we spoke with the president. I have communicated with the White House staffers to talk about the urgency of the moment," Adams said Tuesday. "You know, we need an emergency declaration, we need to be properly funded, we need a decompression strategy not only in the city but throughout the state. This is just wrong."... (Read more)
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