Crime in New York continues to skyrocket, too many gunmen still walk free due to flawed bail laws, and Albany cops still sit on their hands while Gotham bleeds.
It’s time for Mayor Adams to get angry and refuse to continue. Being polite and reasonable doesn’t work.
NYPD statistics tell the sordid story. Last Sunday, the combined reports of the seven major crimes show a 43% increase over last year, and that includes a welcome 13% reduction in homicides.
Over two years, murders are still up 9% and all major crimes are up 31%.
These are unsustainable trends and do not reflect the serious and continuing erosion of quality of life. Organized shoplifting is out of control and the random chaos on the streets and subways is creating far more fear than any statistic can capture.
Adams continues to say all the right things, including on ’60 Minutes’ on Sunday, where he argued that so-called police reforms under former mayor Bill de Blasio were going ‘too far left’ .
“We just talk about ‘How do we protect the rights of those who commit a crime,'” Adams said. “How about we start talking about ‘How do we protect the rights of people who do the right thing?’ ”
And he used his pompous State of the City address on Tuesday to renew his vow to tame the monster, saying “security and justice are the prerequisites for prosperity. We cannot have a city where people are afraid to walk the streets, take the subway or send their children to school.
Yet the facts forced him to recognize that this is what we have, saying, “there is still far too much violence in our city.” After detailing a searing list of examples, he put names to some of the victims, reading “Kristal, Jayquan, Kade, Sally, Angellyah. Detectives Wilbert Mora and Jason Rivera.
Then he addressed the families of the dead invited to his speech saying: “I can only imagine the loss you feel and the pain you live with. But I won’t rest until we address the conditions that led to this loss. We will do what is necessary to keep all of our communities safe. You have my word, as a former police officer, fellow New Yorker, and mayor.
Need a deposit
Clearly, New York has a mayor who feels the pain of violence. That alone is a giant leap from its predecessor, which couldn’t even pretend to care.
When a child was shot and killed, de Blasio called it “unacceptable”, but never spoke about it again or did anything about it.
Adams is trying to do something about it, especially with his neighborhood safety teams tasked with removing handguns from the streets. Units report seizing 2,300 illegal firearms but that hasn’t stopped the carnage and the mayor risks missing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get help if he doesn’t up the volume of his demands in Albany .
Sunday’s Post article about the four suspects caught with firearms who were quickly released reveals that recent changes by lawmakers have made for good press releases, but haven’t shaken the reality that too many people are treated far too leniently. Governor Hochul and the legislature refused to give Adams the most important thing he wanted – judicial discretion to assess a suspect’s dangerousness before ordering his release, a power that judges have in the courts. 49 other states and the federal system.
It is time
This is a fight between Democrats, the elected Republicans being too few to make a difference. In that sense, Adams is trapped in a tradition where New York mayors almost always quarrel more bitterly with their own party’s governors and lawmakers than with the opposition.
Just the recent roll call provides an update: Ed Koch and Mario Cuomo have clashed on a host of issues, as have Republicans Rudy Giuliani and George Pataki. Of course, de Blasio and the disgraced Andrew Cuomo set a new low for childish arguments and personal hatred.
The conclusion of this story is that, regardless of personalities or eras, mayors never get what they want without a bare-knuckle fight with Albany. Plus, the timing is on Adams’ side.
Although he recently completed his first 100 days of a four-year term, this is an election year for Hochul and every member of the Legislative Assembly. Adams, with his 61% approval rating, is far more popular than anyone else in Albany and should use his bully pulpit to enlist his followers in the fight.
His endorsement could be the difference in key races, especially Hochul’s, and he shouldn’t give it away without getting something big for the city.
In other words: if he is not using his political capital to get help in fighting crime, what would he be using it for and when? The city is teeming with money and Adams isn’t asking for the power to raise taxes or anything else expensive, so he should spend that political capital on the city’s most critical need.
Plus, if he doesn’t make a huge dent in crime in his freshman year, he’ll likely lose a lot of his public support. In this case, he will have wasted a singular opportunity to change the course of the city and to fulfill the central promise of his town hall.
Insane “border line”
A Texas Democrat, Representative Henry Cuellar, asks the political question of the year.
In a direct interview with Fox Digital, he said President Biden’s border policies were hurting the party’s chances in the midterm elections. He cited the plan to end the Trump-era health policy known as Title 42 that allows the federal government to deport illegal immigrants because of the pandemic.
“It’s not good for Democrats in November,” he said. “You know, talking to some of my Republican colleagues, they say, ‘We can’t believe the White House is giving us this narrative. We can’t believe they’re hurting the Democratic candidates in the November election. ”
Cuellar added, “Republican voters aren’t happy with what’s happening on the border. Democratic voters are not happy. And if you look at independent voters, they are not happy with this decision. So who are we trying to please?
Bingo. Who exactly is the White House trying to please by inviting the world to cross the border? The obvious answer, of course, is the far left, but how many are there?
Meanwhile, the majority of the country is saying “No, hello no!” that’s why sensible Democrats like Cuellar are right to worry about November.
Elon tweaks left-handed Twits
Elon Musk doesn’t just own Twitter, he also made Tuesday’s best tweet. Seeing the panic and pearl of the left over his purchase of the company, he reacted as follows: “The extreme antibody reaction of those who fear free speech speaks volumes.”
Indeed, it is.
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