[Ed. – His partner in crime, the governor, is begging the same people to come back.]
Mayor Bill de Blasio has dismissed rich New Yorkers who fled the city as ‘fairweather friends’ and said their taxes should be raised — days after Governor Cuomo begged the city’s top 1 percent to return to prop up its ailing finances.
Swarms of wealthy residents fled New York when the city went into lockdown in March and became the coronavirus epicenter of the world.
Despite the city reopening and bringing the outbreak under control, New York has failed to lure back its richest residents with many upping sticks altogether for areas where they can enjoy lower rent and taxes.
Residential and commercial properties now lie abandoned across the city, crime is soaring with shootings up a staggering 201 percent compared to the same time last year, homelessness is rife and the streets are overflowing with rubbish following budget cuts to essential services.