Violent crime increased dramatically under Hochul and that fact cannot be “denied”
According to you, those who worry about crime in New York are “data deniers” and “master manipulators”. You are wrong. Let me remind you of a few things. A number of “reforms” were passed by Democrats in the legislature in 2019; they entered into force in January 2020.
They made it harder to punish those who violated parole rules by eliminating bail for most felonies, requiring district attorneys to turn over literally millions of documents to defense attorneys in cases that ultimately lead to plea deals , and removed bail for most felonies.
You did all this while you were lieutenant governor. What happened? As might be expected, crime in New York City began to increase in 2020 after falling for 27 consecutive years between 1993 and 2019. Serious crime increased by 32.4% between January and October 2019 (before these “reforms”) and 2022 (after these “reforms”).
The information below is taken from the NYPD CompStat reports, which you and other like-minded “crime deniers” can easily access on the NYPD website. Additionally, there will be 71% more gunshot deaths in 2022 (1,343 vs. 784 in 2019).
Reported petty thefts increased by 29%, from 72,792 to 93,771, but they are likely significantly underreported because business owners no longer see the benefit. Governor, do you understand what this means? This means that in the first 10 months of 2022, 25,000 more people in New York City were victims of serious crime than in the same period in 2019.
Compared to 2019, there were 84 more victims, 559 more shootings and injuries, 3,426 more robberies, 4,185 more aggravated assaults, 4,186 more burglary victims, approximately 6,888 more grand theft victims, and 6,552 more auto thefts.
What do you think of the bloodshed on our streets? “I don’t know why this is so important to you,” she said. Amazing. Now you are in charge of it. You were part of the administration that signed bail reform, which resulted in the release of more than 5,000 career criminals from the state’s city and county jails in 2020.
You have refused to reconvene the Legislature to consider the matter. You passed legislation that allowed hundreds of parolees to be released from county jails across this state in 2021 until crime rates rose. You are doing nothing to thwart the city’s plan to close Rikers Island by releasing thousands more professional criminals from city jails.
By casually downplaying the crime situation as if more than 25,000 new crime victims were just insignificant statistics, you are now supporting these radical leftists. You claim that “democratic countries are safer countries”. Crime rates in Republican states are driven by Democratic-run cities there.
The radical progressive policies of Democratic prosecutors greatly increased crime in Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and other major cities. Trump or abortion are not the main issues in this election. In New York State, abortion will always be possible and legal. This is unrelated to Lee Zeldin’s decision almost two years ago not to certify voters in Pennsylvania and Arizona.
The safety and well-being of New York’s 19 million residents, who are currently experiencing a crime wave not seen in decades, is at stake in this election. The aim is to keep people alive and protected both at home and on their journey to work. The citizens of this country have a right to expect that their representatives will be honest with them and take action to reduce crime.
You just don’t get it. “Move along, nothing to see here” is hardly an appropriate response, let alone one that is sincere. For 42 years, Jim Quinn served as Executive District Attorney in the Queens District Attorney’s Office.