The wife of New York’s Democratic mayor has a budget of $2 million a year to pay her team of 14 officials, generating outrage among citizens who have been harassed by the city’s acute economic crisis.
Chirlane McCray, the wife of Mayor Bill de Blasio, also heads the $1.25 billion ThriveNYC mental health initiative, which is widely questioned for its lack of measurement of results, Fox News reported on Aug. 19.
“How much taxpayer money will the mayor’s wife pilfer before leaving office? How can she sleep at night hiring these hacks knowing so many other city workers are facing layoffs this fall? This is a disgrace!,” criticized Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Queens).
Among the expenses, one of the most highlighted by the media is for $ 70,000 per year, paid to a cameraman who films the cookies baked by the first lady of New York.
Additionally, there is a speech writer for $117,000 a year, and a senior adviser for $150,000 a year who was hired after de Blasio announced a $7 billion deficit, caused by the impact of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus.
With money from other agencies, she pays a public relations director $143,000 a year and a special assistant $115,000. The number of employees serving McCray has doubled since 2018.
She also pays $130,000 to the “executive program specialist” and another $65,000 to the “associate director of advancement.”
One of McCray’s Democratic opponents spoke out against the first lady’s spending.
“With over 22,000 layoffs of city workers looming, the mayor can’t seriously expect to keep funding full-time, highly paid speechwriters and professional videographers for his wife’s political ambitions. It’s wrong, and it needs to stop,” Councilman Antonio Reynoso, a (D-Brooklyn), said, according to “The Sara Carter Show.”
There are currently more than 300,000 people on the city’s payroll.
The de Blasio administration, of the extreme political left, is highly criticized, to the extent that he is labeled the worst mayor by Fox News anchor Sean Hannity, in one of his tweets.
“THE WORST MAYOR IN HISTORY: De Blasio threatens to fire 22,000 city workers if feds don’t bail out NYC,” Hannity posted.
WORST MAYOR EVER: De Blasio Threatens to Fire 22,000 City Workers if Feds Don’t Bail Out NYC https://t.co/4Cdoz3dDXY
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) August 5, 2020