Miami mayor welcomes fleeing New Yorkers to city

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Miami’s mayor said Sunday that he welcomes New Yorkers to the city — boasting of the city’s comparatively low taxes and “best quality of life.”

“Our arms are open in Miami. It’s a two-hour flight. You’re going to save a tremendous amount on cost of living. You’re going to save a tremendous amount on taxes,” said Mayor Francis Suarez on WABC 770’s “The Cats Roundtable.”

“You’re going to have the best quality of life, and be able to buy a property at a fraction of the price,” he added. “You don’t have to sacrifice or suffer, because all the financial companies are now moving to Miami, and all the venture-capital companies that are in Silicon Valley are also moving [to Miami].”

The comments came when the Cuban-American pol, whose city hosts many ex-New Yorkers and wealthy Empire State residents with second homes, was asked by radio show host John Catsimatidis about his message to the Big Apple.

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“You’re going to save a tremendous amount on taxes,” said Mayor Francis Suarez to New Yorkers thinking about relocating to Miami.
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“We’re going to be the most dynamic and attractive city to create a company, and to build a life, and to raise your children,” said the Miami mayor of his vision of the city. “We’re a pro-capitalist city that welcomes immigrants.”

Suarez — a low-tax, pro-cop Republican — says Miami has attracted people from abroad, due to “dysfunctions” in South American countries governed by left-wing leaders.

“We benefit from other areas’ dysfunctions,” he said. “If you’re a government and you’re not treating your citizens the way that you should — you’re not protecting them, you’re over taxing them, or, worse, in some of these South American countries that are communist … you’re taking away their property, you’re taking away their businesses; and … imprisoning, sometimes without due process, people who oppose the government, you give people no choice but to leave.”

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