The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs is the largest cultural funding agency in the nation, with an average annual expense budget of approximately $200 million and a capital budget of more than $1 billion over the next four years. Source
Mayor Adams claims that the illegal immigrants "flooding" NYC are causing a $12 Billion hole in his budget.
NYC has secular problems with their budget. High income workers have a great deal of incentive to leave the city. Crime continues to increase. Commercial real estate values are not rising the way budget planners hoped. More people are working from home since Covid so folks working from home in New Jersey cannot be dinged for the +3% city income tax.
Once Adams acknowledged that Biden's immigrants were a problem it became convenient to shift all responsibility for budget woes to the immigrants.
But, since I am a problem solver, I found $1.8B over the next four years for him. It seems unlikely that he will thank me.