Cuomo and de Blasio quarrel as New York suffers from staggering murder rates
As murder and mayhem spin out of control in New York City, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is ripping New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), demanding that de Blasio come up with a plan to address the shootings in the city that are growing weekly.
“It is not acceptable. Every New Yorker can tell you that the crime problem has gotten worse,” Cuomo said about the lack of planning by the city to address crime, according to New York’s local CBS 4.
“Echoing Donald Trump’s attacks on New York City is not helping our recovery,” responded a spokesman for de Blasio.
The two are the top Democrats in the state, and often quarrel, vying for attention from the media and blaming the other for problems in the city.
Cuomo has thus far seemed to escape unscathed from the coronavirus crisis in New York despite his orders to put virus-stricken patients into nursing homes, which is implicated in the deaths of 6,624 of the most vulnerable New Yorkers.
De Blasio, on the other hand, is sinking under a miasma of crime created by his cuts to policing in New York City and his policing “reform” measures that have taken police off the streets.
Statistics from the New York City Police Department show that over the last 28 days, murder rates are up 64.3 percent over last year, 38.6 percent in 2020 versus 2019 to date, and up 43.4 percent over the last two years’ average. And other violent crimes are starting to follow suit, after previously lagging this year.
Auto theft is up 62.6 percent and burglary is up 41.6 percent year to date in the city.
Riders are even abandoning the subway system, deeming it as too dangerous.
“A spike in crime rates on the New York City subway system combined with the coronavirus pandemic decimating ridership has the MTA worried on top of the financial crisis the agency is already facing,” says local ABC News 7.
Fewer cops in the streets also mean that fewer people are willing to come forward to solve crimes.
“Old-school policing, where good officers would meet with people on the street to gain information, has dwindled,” Sgt. Joseph Imperatrice, the founder of Blue Lives Matter NYC, told The New York Post. “Many witnesses know that their personal information will be available and possibly get out to the defense team,” under new rules that are a part of de Blasio’s police reforms.
But the biggest loss for New York City’s safety are the de Blasio cuts to cops who used to work on the front lines stopping crimes before they started.
“Whether you liked anti-crime teams or not, they often helped develop intel from prisoner debriefings and informants,” said Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD sergeant and professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “The loss of that intel will be resounding.”
While other cities are also suffering from increased crime, no city is suffering worse than New York, where de Blasio has cut $1 billion in funds for police.
PHOTO: Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News
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