New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday he wants to use the presidential pardon power to clear up the mess left behind by Hurricane Sandy, saying it will “make New York a better place to live, work, play and play sports” and help those struggling in the wake of the storm.
In a statement, de Blasio urged the president to pardon all of the New York state troopers who were killed during the storm, calling the deaths “one of the most heinous crimes” committed against New Yorkers by the government and noting that he would continue to call for changes in the federal government’s response.
De Blasio said that while the state has had its share of hardships and challenges, the federal authorities have done an outstanding job in rescuing and restoring lives.
“These people are New Yorkers, they deserve our support, they should be treated as New Yorkers and the nation should stand with them,” de Blasio told reporters at a White House press briefing.
DeBlasio, a Democrat, was elected mayor in November on a platform of bringing back the jobs and prosperity New Yorkers were once promised.
He pledged to work with lawmakers on the budget and overhauling the tax code, but has so far been unable to get any significant legislation through Congress.
Trump on Wednesday ordered federal aid to New York to be cut by 75 percent and asked Congress to find a way to pay for it.
DeBarosaid Wednesday that if Congress did not act, he would sign a proclamation and call on the U.S. attorney general to investigate all of New York’s federal crimes.