(SNews) – New York City is slashing overtime pay for police in an effort to fund the response to Democrat President Joe Biden’s migrant crisis.
The move comes despite the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) complaints of understaffing.
The administration of NYC’s Democrat Mayor Eric Adams has informed the city’s police, fire, corrections, and sanitation departments that they must submit an overtime pay reduction plan.
City Hall will now begin tracking progress on efforts to slash pay each month.
However, police unions warn that the plan will make the crime-infested city more dangerous by reducing the number of cops on patrol.
“It is going to be impossible for the NYPD to significantly reduce overtime unless it fixes its staffing crisis,” the head of the Police Benevolent Association, Patrick Hendry, told the New York Post.
“We are still thousands of cops short, and we’re struggling to drive crime back to pre-2020 levels without adequate personnel.”
“If City Hall wants to save money without jeopardizing public safety, it needs to invest in keeping experienced cops on the job,” he added.
The Adams administration’s plan also implements a hiring freeze.
City Hall confirmed it sent a memo notifying various agencies of the change, but it declined to provide the document.
The cost-cutting program comes after Adams described the flow of migrants into NYC as a “financial tsunami” on Sunday.
Last week, Adams also warned that the migrant crisis will “destroy New York City.”
BREAKING: Mayor Adams basically conceding New York City is done because of illegal immigration and warns New Yorkers illegals will flood ALL neighborhoods. pic.twitter.com/Lj5E3BSvDX
— nycphotog (@nycphotog) September 7, 2023
“We are about to experience a financial tsunami that I don’t think the city has ever experienced,” Adams said in an interview with local media.
“Every service in this city is going to be impacted, from child service to our seniors to housing.
“Everything will be impacted.”
He warned that women and children may soon have to share spaces with single men. and public safety could be threatened.
The mayor was alluding to a brawl that broke out at a migrant shelter in Brooklyn last week.
Responding to criticism that his words were deemed “reckless,” Adams argued that the reality on the ground “was not an academic exercise.”
“This is not a utopia,” he said.
“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.”
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