Swift announces all proceeds from the sale of "Welcome to New York" will be donated to city public schools

By Gillian Telling
Updated October 30, 2014 02:00 PM
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When Taylor Swift was named Global Welcome Ambassador for New York on Monday, the initial reaction was, well, mixed.

“It’s insulting!” Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider told the New York Daily News. “She doesn’t have any life experience here or connection to the town.”

And many New Yorkers were just as opposed to the decision.

But Swift, who moved to a $20 million apartment in Tribeca six months ago, and whose song “Welcome to New York” from her latest album 1989 will be the tourism bureau’s new theme song, was quick to shake off all the hate – she announced on The View on Wednesday that all proceeds from the song would be donated to benefit the city’s public schools.

“I love it here,” Taylor said on the show. “The fans were wonderful enough to make [the song] No. 1 on iTunes. It’s selling really well, which is good because I’m donating all of my proceeds to New York public schools.” She also told Good Morning America on Monday that she didn’t really have hand in being named the welcome ambassador.

“I’m so enthusiastic about this city … I just go around like, ‘Everybody! New York is amazing!’ So I think they just picked up on that and gave me a title,” she told Robin Roberts.

In her defense, Taylor has been quick to adapt to New York City customs, like drinking beer courtside at a Knicks Game, and being just weird enough to take her cat for a walk.

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