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Trump vows to bring back our ‘beloved New York City’

President Trump on Friday vowed to ‘bring back our beloved New York City’ if he wins the election after New York was ranked as having the worst economic outlook in the US and as crime and homelessness continue to rise.  

Trump tweeted: ‘Vote for TRUMP on November 3rd. 

‘I am going to bring our beloved New York back!’ with a link to a New York Post story about the Rich States, Poor States rankings which put NY state 50th in the list of economic rankings across the country.

Trump’s promise comes as crime in the city continues to rise, residents flee – abandoning their apartments in larger numbers than ever before – and homelessness continues to spread across the streets. 

On Thursday, it emerged that there are 13,000 empty apartments being advertised across New York City – a 14 year record and more than double the number that were being advertised last July. 

Homeless encampments are popping up all over the city and thousands have been moved from shelters and into luxury hotels which is creating small bursts of crime in some neighborhoods. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio has however waved off wealthy residents whose tax dollars make up more than half of the state’s total tax income, calling them ‘fair weather friends’ who can be replaced. 

He is in his final term as mayor and cannot be re-elected next November. 

In July, de Blasio championed a budget cut through the City Council which took $1billion away from the NYPD after bowing to pressure from Black Lives Matter protesters.  

It involved wiping more than 1,100 new cop jobs and disbanding a plain clothes anti-crime unit. 

Now, there are fewer police on the streets and fewer residents to report if there is a problem because so many have fled. 

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) published its 13th annual Rich States, Poor States ranking on Wednesday. 

The researchers looked at issues such as taxation and the economic competitiveness of the state. 

The economic outlook rating state gross domestic product, absolute domestic migration and non-farm payroll employment.  

Utah, for the 13th year running, was top of the ranking and New York, for the sixth year in a row, was last. 

President Trump has long criticized de Blasio for his handling of the city. He has also been vocal in his criticism of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. 

Trump has said that the pair belong to the ‘radical left’. 

Recently, when the NY Attorney General filed a lawsuit to disband the NRA, he lashed out at the pair, calling it a ‘terrible’ move. 

One of de Blasio’s most controversial acts is to move 13,000 homeless people into hotels around the city. 

It is costing the city more than $2million a night, which they say they will recoup through FEMA. 

On the Upper West Side, residents have complained of increased crimes since dozens of homeless people were moved into at least three luxury hotels. 

After wealthy residents on the Upper West Side took to social media in their droves to complain about homeless people from three of the hotels terrorizing their streets with urinating, loitering and drug-taking, de Blasio said the system was not permanent but would likely continue until there is a vaccine – something that is still months away. 

‘The goal here continues to be to deal with the short term which, let’s say is six months-ish, while we’re dealing with this crisis until people are vaccinated. 

‘Once we get out of that, we’re going to move out of hotels and go back into the shelter system. We’re going to constantly try to reduce the number of people in shelters. 

‘We are going to have an opportunity here to be creative and get people into other, better housing,’ he said.     

He was asked if the city would consider turning the hotels into permanent housing and answered vaguely: ‘There are buildings we control already and that’s where we’re looking to, or want to control or purchase, where we’re looking to do permanent affordable housing.’

Cuomo on August 3 acknowledged that the state, and in particular New York City, was in trouble.

Between March 1 and May 1, some five per cent of New Yorkers fled town. Crime is soaring in the city, with 1,000 people shot already this year and homicide up 50 per cent.

Homeless encampments have cropped up in several areas of Manhattan, to the distress and annoyance of residents. 

Cuomo said he was begging people to return to New York City from their second-home retreats so they can pay taxes to help offset the state’s growing coronavirus-related revenue shortfall.

‘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! We’ll go to dinner! I’ll buy you a drink! Come over, I’ll cook!”

‘They’re not coming back right now. 

‘And you know what else they’re thinking? “If I stay there, I’ll pay a lower income tax,” because they don’t pay the New York City surcharge.’

He noted that the wealthiest one per cent of New York’s population picks up roughly 50 per cent of the state’s tax burden.

The plea comes amid dimming hopes that the federal government’s next COVID-19 relief package will contain any additional aid for struggling state and local governments.

If additional dollars don’t come to New York on top of waning revenue streams, Cuomo and other state officials have said the hit could translate to 20 per cent cuts to health, education and local governments’ annual budget.

Donald Trump’s Executive Order on COVID relief, which sees unemployment benefits topped up by an additional $400 a week, with the states paying $100 of it, has been greeted with anger by struggling state governors.

States, unlike federal entities, must balance their budgets. 

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