NYC Moves to Create ‘Reparations Task Force’ despite Major Budget Cuts amid Migrant Crisis

New York City is considering plans to plow huge sums of taxpayer money into a series of measures that will, among other things, create a “reparations task force.”

The city’s Cultural Affairs Committee will also consider plans to remove statues of major historical figures like George Washington.

However, the moves come as NYC buckles under major sweeping budget cuts as the “sanctuary city” battles an unprecedented migrant crisis.

As Slay News recently reported, Democrat Mayor Eric Adams warned that the flood of illegal border crossers arriving in NYC, and the subsequent budget cuts needed to handle the crisis, “will destroy New York City.”


Yet, despite the budgeting crisis, radical spending items are included in New York City’s council agenda for Tuesday, September 19, 2023.

The council’s Cultural Affairs Committee will hold a public hearing on a measure to remove works of art on city property.

The statues considered for removal are those that “depict a person who owned enslaved persons or directly benefited economically from slavery, or who participated in systemic crimes against indigenous peoples or other crimes against humanity.”

These criteria would include figures like America’s first president George Washington, Dutch governor and New York settler Peter Stuyvesant, as well as Christopher Columbus.

NYC has statues of Washington, Stuyvesant, and Columbus throughout the city.

If the Public Design Commission (PDC) determines not to remove the work of art, then warning labels will need to be attached to statues.

The city would be required to include a plan to install an “explanatory plaque” next to the work of art, at the taxpayers’ expense.

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The proposal would also require PDC to consult with the Department of Education to install warning signs on sidewalks or other public spaces adjacent to schools named after a person who fits the criteria.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda is a proposal to create a task force to “consider the impact of slavery and past injustices for African Americans in New York City and reparations for such injustices.”

Other proposals call for “anti-racism training” for human services contractors and city employees as well as requiring the placement of warning signs on New York’s streets.

One such warning sign would be placed near the intersection of Wall and Pearl Streets to alert passersby that the location is “the site of New York’s first slave market.”

These proposals come as the city has been crippled under extreme budget cuts.

The budget cuts are being blamed on the influx of migrants arriving in the city after illegally crossing the open Southern Border.

The mayor says the influx is straining public resources.

Last week, Mayor Adams said that the influx of tens of thousands of migrants will bring a “financial tsunami” as departments are forced to slash budgets to accommodate the new arrivals.

The mayor further warned that every city department will likely see budget cuts to address the anticipated $12 billion price tag of the migrant crisis.

A spokesperson for Adams’ office said the mayor is reviewing Tuesday’s radical proposals.

READ MORE: American Kids Turned Away from NYC Schools to Make Way for Illegals: ‘No More Room’

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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