So, Brad, what are YOU doing to unravel the migrant disaster?
Mayor Eric Adams clapped again Tuesday after metropolis Comptroller Brad Lander criticized his weekend journey to the southern US border and mentioned it wouldn’t assist the town safe emergency support.
Adams twice referred to as the town’s chief monetary officer, a fellow Democrat, “disingenuine” and mentioned he couldn’t “perceive the logic” of Lander’s assault.
“Is it political or is it one thing for the — for the town?” Adams requested. “And so, I simply suppose when individuals are disingenuine it’s simply, it’s simply — it bothers me when individuals are simply disingenuine.”
Throughout an unrelated information convention at Metropolis Corridor, Adams additionally blasted his fellow Democrat for not talking up earlier in favor of emergency funding for the town’s escalating, $1 billion-a-year migrant disaster.
Adams mentioned Lander’s “first tweet to name for assist” got here throughout Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Jan. 10 State of the State speech.
Eric Adams spoke out in opposition to metropolis Comptroller Brad Lander over his remarks in regards to the mayor’s El Paso journey.Robert Mecea
“The folks of this metropolis have been going by means of this for months — for months — and his first communication was, you understand, per week or so in the past,” Adams fumed. “He’s the comptroller. He needs to be involved about our fiscal stability.”
Adams additionally mentioned Lander’s reply was to “elevate taxes on wealthy folks to pay for migrant asylum-seekers,” which the mayor has warned will speed up the flight of rich residents from the Huge Apple.
“I imply, you’re the comptroller. You have to be involved in regards to the monetary hit our metropolis is seeing,” Hizzoner mentioned. “And he needs to be writing letters with me and going to DC. I don’t know — I don’t know if he really went to DC in any respect to advocate for cash.”
There are various methods to demand the assistance we’d like from Washington & Albany.
However the Mayor’s journey to Texas does little to ship the $$ NYC wants to offer shelter & providers.
As an alternative, it dangers reinforcing a dangerous narrative that new immigrants themselves are an issue.
— Brad Lander (@bradlander) January 16, 2023
Adams’ ire was sparked by a Sunday tweet during which Lander mentioned that there have been “some ways to demand the assistance we’d like from Washington & Albany” however that Adams’ go to to El Paso, Texas, “does little to ship” it.
“As an alternative, it dangers reinforcing a dangerous narrative that new immigrants themselves are an issue,” Lander added.
Adams and Lander have been at odds since November, when the comptroller referred to as the mayor’s ill-fated tent metropolis for migrants a “debacle” — then laughed throughout a TV interview when Adams was proven vowing to not “disguise the fee.”
Lander mentioned Adams visiting the border “does little to ship” funds from Washington or Albany for the migrant disaster.Stephen Yang
Adams’ Tuesday rant additionally adopted his indignant response final week when Lander’s capital counterpart, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, criticized Adams for not together with the price of the migrant disaster in his $102.7 billion funds plan for fiscal 2024.
“Are you able to ask the comptroller to indicate you the letter he wrote to the federal authorities asking for assist for us?” Adams instructed a reporter throughout a Metropolis Corridor information convention.
Adams visits the Casa Sacred Coronary heart migrant shelter in El Paso on January 15, 2022.J.R. Hernandez
“Are you able to get him on his mobile phone, speakerphone and say, ‘Are you able to ship us the letter that you just despatched to the federal authorities saying: Assist New York Metropolis? Or ship us a tweet or do an Instagram put up with an indication?’”