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NY Mayor de Blasio defends wife’s 14-member staff

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio
Credit: The office of Public Advocate for the City of New York/Wikipedia/Flickr/Creative Commons 2.0

Democrat New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is in hot water after it was discovered city taxpayers are paying a $2 million a year for personal staff for his wife, Chirlane McCray.

Meanwhile, garbage is not being picked up in the city, funding cut for police and the mayor is threatening to layoff thousands of city workers because of budget shortfalls.

And Chirlane’s personal staff includes a videographer.

The Blaze adds that de Blasio’s wife also seems to be planning a run for public office:

Earlier this week, New York City publication The City reported that McCray—who is not a city employee—has been building up her team at City Hall under the radar as she considers a potential run for Brooklyn borough president. As De Blasio threatens to cut 22,000 jobs due to revenue loss amid COVID-19, the outlet says, McCray has nearly doubled her staff.

McCray’s new hires reportedly include $150,000-a-year senior adviser who was brought on in April following an announced hiring freeze, and a $70,000 videographer who was signed on in February. According to The City, the videographer’s “work for McCray includes a ‘Baking with the First Lady’ clip that was posted during the height of the pandemic in early April.”

READ: NYC Mayor de Blasio responds to criticism over wife’s $2M, 14-person staff amid budget woes

So why is New York City running out of money? Perhaps it is because thousands of people are fleeing the city. READ: Mass exodus out of New York City leads to highest number of open apartments in a decade

However, that seems to be the trend in states and cities run by Democrats. READ: Portland businesses fleeing downtown offices over nightly BLM riots AND REPORT: Rich And Famous Leaving Hollywood ‘In Droves’ Over Unrest, Taxes

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