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'Global ambassador' Taylor Swift donates $50,000 in song proceeds to NYC public schools

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NEW YORK — New York City's official booster Taylor Swift has donated $50,000 to the city's public schools.

The city tourism bureau tapped Swift as "global welcome ambassador" last year even though critics noted she was a recent transplant to New York.

Some also complained that her song "Welcome to New York" from the album "1989" was bland and lifeless.

PHOTO: FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2015 file photo, singer Taylor Swift attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special in New York. Swift has donated $50,000 to the New York City public schools.The city tourism bureau tapped Swift as “global welcome ambassador” last year even though critics noted she was a recent transplant to New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2015 file photo, singer Taylor Swift attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special in New York. Swift has donated $50,000 to the New York City public schools.The city tourism bureau tapped Swift as “global welcome ambassador” last year even though critics noted she was a recent transplant to New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Swift responded by announcing last October that she would donate proceeds from the single to the city's schools.

A spokeswoman for the city Department of Education said Tuesday that Swift has now given $50,000.

Spokeswoman Devora Kaye says the department is "deeply appreciative of this kind gesture."

A publicist for Swift says the singer will continue to donate additional proceeds she receives from the single "Welcome to New York" to the city's schools.

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