Mayor Warns Shutdown Could Cost NYC $500 Million Per Month

January 17, 2019 - 4:39 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday that if the partial government shutdown continues much longer it will begin to cause severe issues for the city.

“We are now entering nothing less than a full-blown crisis that is about to have massive effects on the people in New York City,” the mayor said.

While thousands of New Yorkers have already begun to feel the impact of the longest federal government shutdown in American history, things could quickly worsen.

As Mayor de Blasio said, beginning March 1, New York City will lose $500 million each month in federal dollars. Additionally, 1.6 million in the city will be without food subsidies.

“The average family gets $230 a month, for most families that receive this support that $230 is irreplaceable,” the mayor claimed.

There’s also no way for New York City to fill the gap that the missing federal funds will leave, according to de Blasio. He then blamed President Donald Trump for creating a “fake crisis at the border” that caused the partial government shutdown on Dec. 22.

The mayor called on the Republican-led Senate to demand the president reopen the government.