‘It’s on you, Mr. President.’ Mayor turns to federal government for financial relief in New York City

Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the president Thursday, asking him to help New York City financially as it battles the coronavirus.

News 12 Staff

Apr 16, 2020, 1:15 PM

Updated 1,495 days ago

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Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the president Thursday, asking him to help New York City financially as it battles the coronavirus.
The mayor says based on forecasting, the city will lose $7.4 billion in tax revenue over the current and next fiscal year.
Mayor de Blasio says budget cuts will be made, but said that it will not include cuts to protecting New Yorkers.
The mayor also says the federal government should bail out New York City. He said it is the right thing to do as New York City is the biggest city in the country and epicenter of the coronavirus in the United States.
He says New York City can’t achieve new revenue without the federal government.
Mayor de Blasio says he spoke to President Donald Trump Wednesday and told him that New York City needs financial support.
“Help us back on our feet, tell Mitch McConnell. We need Stimulus 3.5 and we need it directly to New York State, keep people healthy, keep people safe,” Mayor de Blasio said, addressing President Trump. “It’s on you, Mr. President.”
In addition to financial help, the mayor says the main goal is still stopping the spread of the virus.
He said 11,000 hotel rooms are being readied for people who need to be quarantined.
The hotel rooms will be available for health care workers regardless of their symptoms, overcrowded households and multigeneration households and New Yorkers who are experiencing homelessness.


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