Cuomo Begs Rich New Yorkers to Return to Economy-Ravaged City: 'I'll Buy You a Drink'
Around 20,000 of New York City’s rich escaped the city
Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pleaded with wealthy former residents of New York City to return as the state reels from the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I literally talk to people all day long who are now in their Hamptons house who also lived here, or in their Hudson Valley house, or in their Connecticut weekend house, and I say, ‘You got to come back!'” Cuomo told reporters.
“‘We’ll go to dinner! I’ll buy you a drink! Come over, I’ll cook!'”
Around 420,000 of New York City’s rich escaped the city as it became a hotbed for the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year.
The city reported 223,000 cases and 19,000 confirmed deaths, local data revealed.
There is also an escalating crime problem.
Since the death of George Floyd, New York has seen a massive spike in violent crime under Mayor de Blasio's watch.
In June alone, there was a 130% increase in shootings, a 118% increase in robberies, and a 30% increase in murders, according to the New York Police Department.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said state tax receipts in June fell by $1.5 billion or 17.3%, compared to 2019.
Meanwhile, consumption tax revenues sank $1.1 billion while business tax revenues declined by $700 million, the New York Post reported.
Cuomo admitted he did not want to raise taxes for fear of disincentivizing wealthy New Yorkers from returning.
“They’re not coming back right now. And you know what else they’re thinking?" Cuomo asked.
"‘If I stay there, I’ll pay a lower income tax,’ because they don’t pay the New York City surcharge,” he told reporters.
In June, de Blasio authorized substantial cuts after the city faced a nearly $9 billion budget deficit earlier this year, The New York Times reported.
Last year, de Blasio promised he would "raise taxes" on wealthy Americans while he was running for president.
But since dropping out, the New York Mayor has overseen what has been described as a "return to the bad old days" in the city.
President of the New York City Police Benevolent Association, Patrick J. Lynch, torched Mayor Bill de Blasio for the surge in violent gun crime, saying they have "given our streets back" to criminals.
"Our city council, our mayor's office, and the state legislature have handcuffed police officers and given the street back to the criminals," Lynch told Fox News's Lawrence Jones on "Hannity."
"Remember just a few short years ago; the city was out of control," Lynch said.
"Police officers literally took our street corners back block-by-block because our leadership asked us to, and we presented the neighborhoods back to the good, hardworking people that were in them."