Governor Andrew Cuomo has now admitted he will consider taxing wealthy New Yorkers if the federal government doesn't provide aid - just weeks after he begged the rich to return to help save the city from economic ruin.
He has now acknowledged for the first time since COVID-19 forced the city to shutdown that raising taxes might have to be part of the solution.
Cuomo said, however, that hiking taxes on wealthy New Yorkers would be a last resort if all other aid options fell through.
New York City is currently facing a $8 billion budget deficit, which is expected to grow in the coming years.
The city's economy has been devastated by the coronavirus outbreak with tens of thousands of people thrown out of work and businesses forced to shut down. Residential and commercial continue to remain abandoned and the city is continuing to struggle with rising rates of crime and homelessness.