Fight the farebeaters to save lives on the subway

Another day, another senseless and terrifying act of violence on the subway: a crazed-looking stranger pushed a man onto the tracks at the 77th Street 6 stop.

It’s the 25th subway jostling known this year. The loss figure is up nearly 20% compared to the same period last year.

The straphanger from Monday’s attack survived. Others, like Michelle Go and Heriberto Quintana, weren’t so lucky.

Wokesters like Councilwoman Tiffany Cabán can argue that subway violence is a “one in a million event.” But terrified straphangers don’t buy it.

And pushing and shoving isn’t the only crime in transit. Overall, clandestine violent crime, through August, is up nearly 40% since 2019, including seven more deaths. There have been eight rapes up to the end of September.

No wonder the number of users fell to 81 million per month (compared to 142 million before the pandemic).

This is all the predictable result of Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s disastrous decision in 2017 to end smear charges, with other prosecutors soon to follow. In fact, it was predicted: We warned at the time: “The crackdown has not only made subways safer, it has caught criminals before they move on to bigger crimes.”

Case in point: Cops stuck a drifter on a ruthless rap on Thursday, only to find out he’s a suspect on a subway cutting earlier this month. (By the way, the culprit has three prior busts for possession of weapons and robbery: thank you, law without bail!)

You see why the MTA is experimenting with hiring private security to crack down on turnstile jumpers: It’s about security as well as the half a billion a year that agency chief Janno Lieber says rates cost the system in difficulty dearly.

Ignoring delinquency both allows criminals to enter the system and points out that subways are a lawless environment. Say you won’t apply some laws saps the strength of everything laws. This is literally Windows 101 broken.

Combine that with our epidemic of violent mental illness, and the results are truly hideous. Like the murder of Michelle Go, pushed under a train by an on-and-off mental patient who explicitly declared his intention to commit such a crime.

Governor Kathy Hochul’s unsustainable rise in metro-cop cannot alter this grim trajectory; it’s a pre-election ploy, nothing more.

The real solution, of course, was always within reach (although she refused to do so): fire Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who continued his predecessor’s smear policy (while adding numerous After crimes he will not prosecute). But his primary loyalty is to the left of “decarceration,” not to the safety of New Yorkers.

Luckily, Lee Zeldin vows to fire Bragg on his first day as governor, giving voters yearning for security a clear choice. Better yet, he can then choose an acting DA who will reverse Vance’s tragic decision – and follow it up with pointed phone calls to the other AD.

Stop the farebeaters. End of catch-and-release. And let New Yorkers use the subway, the very life of their city, without fear again.

New York Post

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