NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray enjoys $2M staff of 14 amid city budget crisis

NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray enjoys $2M staff of 14 amid city budget crisis
Chirlane McCray (Image: Michael Brochstein/ZUMA Wire/REX Shutterstock)

[Ed. – Still no word on the $850 million in taxpayer money that she ‘lost.’]

There’s no money for regular trash pickups or to maintain city parks, but Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife enjoys a 14-member staff — including a $70,000 videographer who captured her baking cookies during the pandemic.

Some of the Chirlane McCray staffers, who cost city taxpayers nearly $2 million a year combined, work for the first lady’s $1.25 billion mental health initiative ThriveNYC, which has come under fire for its lack of metrics.

“Whatever happened to the money from ThriveNYC?” asked City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Queens).

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“How much taxpayer money will the mayor’s wife pilfer before leaving office? How can she sleep at night hiring these hacks knowing so many other city workers are facing layoffs this fall? This is a disgrace!” Ulrich fumed.

McCray has a core team of eight staffers, according to a recent list provided to The Post following a Freedom of Information Law request filed in October 2019.

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