NEW YORK — New York City’s most vulnerable could be hit hard under the Trump administration, City Comptroller Scott Stringer warned Wednesday.
The President-elect has said he plans to cancel all federal funding to sanctuary cities – places that protect undocumented immigrants. New York, a sanctuary city, could lose more than $7 billion in federal aid.
“What we know with absolute certainty is that any cuts in Federal aid to New York will have a devastating impact. We have a record homelessness crisis that will be made much more challenging with any decrease in funding,” Stringer said. “I urge President-elect Trump to remember that behind every Federal line item is a human face – a family in need, a victim of domestic violence, an AIDS patient, a hungry school child.”
The first page of Trump’s “100 -day action plan to Make America Great Again” says Trump will cancel federal funding to sanctuary cities “to restore security and the constitutional rule of law.”
If the funding is cut, tens of thousands of New Yorkers who benefit from Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers could lose their homes, Stringer’s analysis found. More than 60,000 people in New York are already homeless.
The NYPD could also lose funding for its counter-terrorism operations. The department gets 61 percent of its $380 million intelligence and counter-terrorism budget from the Federal government. Any change in the funding – which is critical to keeping the city safe – disrupts the system, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in August.
Child Protective Services would also be at risk under the Trump administration if the President-elect follows through on his funding slash, Stringer said. The department could have almost 50 percent of its budget cut if Trump ends Federal aid to New York City.
“We are going to remain vigilant, because these cuts could have devastating impacts to the heart and soul of our city,” ” Stringer said. “We are going to do everything possible to protect our most vulnerable.”