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‘We’re being gaslit by the politicians’

Former “Real Housewives of New York City” star Leah McSweeney is planning to become a real housewife of anywhere else — and she has some real talk before she leaves the Big Apple behind.

McSweeney said Wednesday she’ll leave New York and head to Florida as crime soars — and politicians like Mayor Eric Adams try to “gaslight” New Yorkers into thinking the city is safe.

“The people who are in charge do not care. Mayor Adams is at Zero Bond, he’s at Casa Cipriani,” McSweeney said, referring to a pair of Hizzoner’s favorite swanky downtown hangouts.


Leah McSweeney plans to relocate to Miami, and blames lame duck politicians for letting NYC devolve into chaos
Leah McSweeney plans to relocate to Miami, and blames lame duck politicians for letting NYC devolve into chaos Fox News

“Help us,” she said during a Wednesday appearance on Fox & Friends, adding that she’s sick of leaders insisting the city is “safer than ever.”

“The worst thing is we’re being gaslit by the politicians who tell us that it’s actually safer than ever, and it’s not. I’m sorry, there’s no way. I’m out there. I’m on the train. I’m walking around. It’s not safe.”

McSweeney, 41, a fashion designer and longtime NYC socialite, said her decision to finally head for the hills was sparked by a crazed man threatening to brutally murder her daughter and friends during a recent subway ride.

“A man came in and sat across from them and said, ‘Shut the blank up, or I’m going to kill you and turn you into a pile of meat on the floor,’” McSweeney said.

“This breaks my heart because New York City is the best city in the world. But it is not safe right now, and it is especially not safe for women.”

McSweeney is planning to make her new home in Miami as her daughter hopes to attend college in the Sunshine State.

“I never thought I would say that. I was like, ‘No, New York ’til I die,’ but I am just sick of the quality of life here,” she said, noting that she will always love the Big Apple and hopes it is able to turn things around.

Crime in the city reached new heights last year, according to NYPD data recently obtained by The Post.


McSweeney accused Mayor Eric Adams and other politicians of "gaslighting" New Yorkers into thinking the city is safe
McSweeney accused Mayor Eric Adams and other politicians of “gaslighting” New Yorkers into thinking the city is safe Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/Shutterstock

Assaults reached historic highs, with nearly 28,000 incidents being reported for the first time on record in the city’s history.

Nevertheless, Adams has insisted crime is not increasing, but that instead a “perception problem” fueled by the media is fooling people into believing it the opposite.

McSweeney is not the only New Yorker planning to high-tail it out of town.

Last year, the city’s population dropped by a staggering 78,000 people, with many of the newly-minted ex-pats telling The Post crime and a perceptible change in the city since the pandemic were the driving forces behind their flight.

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