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With more than 96% of city workers and more than 80 percent of New Yorkers having received their primary Covid-19 series and more tools readily available to keep us healthy, this is the right moment for this decision. I continue to urge every New Yorker to get vaccinated, get boosted, and take the necessary steps to protect themselves and those around them from Covid-19.
This is a humanitarian crisis that started with violence and instability in South America and is being accelerated by American political dynamics, thousands of asylum seekers have been bussed into New York City and simply dropped off, without notice, coordination, or care — and more are arriving every day.
That's what we would hope that they would recognize, i don't think they're going to because that goes against their own party's talking points. But we would hope that they would recognize the truth. And the truth is this illegal immigration crisis is caused by policy and it's caused by this White House.
As a result of this insane broken system, our recidivism rates have skyrocketed and those who say the predicted wave of recidivism wouldn't happen, and the studies that claim to show the rate of arrest for violent felonies has not changed since the reforms were passed, I have one word for you -- wrong. You are wrong.
When you look at how do you distinguish between a legal carry and someone who's carrying it illegally, it is just really challenging, and then responding to the bad days that individuals have in New York City, in big cities across America, but they're armed with a weapon. You can see a simple dispute elevate to a shooting. This is a real concern, which Supreme Courts put in place.
I think that when you look at how miraculous this is, you have to really point to the passengers and the transit authority officials, new York has gone through a lot, from the 911 attacks, second time attack of the( World) Trade Center, to those who wanted to commit terrorism in New York City and to those who do things that want to terrorize us.
This effort is about taking care of our people and our public spaces because no New Yorker deserves to live on the street, we are breaking down silos and working together across government to keep New Yorkers safe and our streets clean. These are basic expectations we have for our city, and we are going to deliver.
You're not going to walk into Duane Reade and take whatever you want and walk out, you're not going to hop over the counter and take codeine and other drugs... You're not going to drive motorcycles through the streets, pulling people out and assaulting them merely because of a traffic accident. You're not going to openly inject yourself with drugs. You're not going to just do whatever you want in the city.
This was an intentional murder. This individual approached the two men, one at a time, you see him looking around, making sure no one was around, kicking the homeless person to make sure they were not asleep and just assassinated him, it was just something you would not imagine would take place in New York City.
The subway system and our bus system, they are the lifeblood of our city, if we don't get them right, our city won't continue to recover from Covid. Millions of New Yorkers use the system to go to school, to go to their place of employment and just to visit their loved ones. It provides a vital service.
First of all, I think the rule is unfair, i believe that we are saying to out-of-town athletes that they can come in and not be vaccinated. Yet New York athletes have to be vaccinated and they also do this for entertainers. I want people to know that. Entertainers can come here without being vaccinated and perform. I think it’s unfair.
My role as mayor is being interpreted through the prisms of your realities and not mine. So when you write stories, you’re not writing stories for people who were almost homeless like me. You’re not writing stories for people who were arrested and beat up by police officers. You’re not writing stories for those who are dealing with high crime. You’re writing them from your prisms.
We need help to stop putting people back on the street that are dangerous, i'm going to be clear, you cannot bring on the bench your philosophy and your theory. You must bring on the bench keeping this city safe. That's the goal, and whatever powers we have to ensure that we keep our bench staffed with the right judges that are going to have the right balance of justice and safety.
The interstate task force on illegal guns is an important first step. But we must also address bail reform and our pre-trial detention system, new York is the only state in the country that does not allow a judge to detain a defendant who poses an immediate threat to the community. Other states, as well as the federal government, allow judges to consider a defendant’s dangerousness.
We must pass legislation requiring background checks on all gun sales. We must pass legislation to make gun trafficking a federal crime. We must increase penalties for those directly involved in moving guns across state lines, and the organizers of gun trafficking rings. We must increase penalties for those making straw purchases, or buying firearms from someone legally prohibited from doing so. And we must also mobilize the DOJ against the proliferation of ghost guns.
It was extremely impactful for NewYorkers, losing a New Yorker in that fashion, and just really doubled down on our concerns that our system must be safe, must be safe from actual crime, which we are going to do. And it must be safe from those who feel as though there'satotal level of disorder in our subway system.
Yesterday’s fire in the Bronx is an unspeakable tragedy,but I promise New York City will be there to help our neighbors through it, the City stands ready to give impacted families all the support they need—it’s what we do. Every dollar given to the Mayor’s Fund will go directly to those affected by the fire; please give if you can, and together we will get through this.
Protection is personal. You have an increase of anarchists in New York City, country. We have a serious problem with White supremacy. And when you talk about this type of security that I want, it’s extremely unique. I do n’t want to be away from my public, i trust my brother. My brother understands me.
I need that right balance, and I do n’t want the people of this city to believe that the mayor is not approachable and he’s not willing to engage with them on the level that I want to represent, you saw I took the subway system on my Day One in office, and those are the types of things that I ’m going to do. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP.
At the precinct level, someone comes in for a petty theft, we're at the policing level, you identify that they have a mental health issue, instead of locking them up -- let's defer prosecution, let's have a local community-based organization that deals with mental health illnesses handle it right at the precinct -- that's the coordination that we need, there's no reason to put someone( with) mental health illness in Rikers Island, Rikers Island's Rikers Island.
We must get open. Let me tell you why, that accountant from a bank that sits in an office, it's not only him. It feeds our financial ecosystem. He goes to the cleaners to get his suits cleaned. He goes to the restaurant. He brings in a business traveler, which is 70 % of our hotel occupancy. He buys a hot dog on our streets, I hope a vegan hot dog, but he participates in the economy.
Keechant Sewell is a proven crime fighter with the experience and emotional intelligence to deliver both the safety New Yorkers need and the justice they deserve, chief Sewell will wake up every day laser-focused on keeping New Yorkers safe and improving New York City, and I am thrilled to have New Yorkers at the helm of the NYPD.
The question should not be whether or not police are allowed to confront suspects; it should be about how we train them, the question should not be whether we have police; it should be how we use them. The question should not be whether judges should have the ability to protect New Yorkers from violent offenders; it should be how we let them.
New York Police Department would run rings around( the other candidates). They are masters. If you're a good mayor, you're only here for eight years. I've been here for 30-something years in New York Police Department. Police departments will wait you out, and they know that whatever you hand down, they have to implement. But if you know the system, if you know the crevices, you know how to go and ensure you're getting what you want.
No person should have to work at a job where they are threatened, harassed or assaulted, we are learning new horrors about the conditions at Rikers every day – and these stories of abuse are among the most shocking and unacceptable I’ve heard. We are past the point of emergency at Rikers. There must be swift, serious change to ensure the safety of both inmates and those who work there.
When you look at the Democratic Party and you're doing an analysis, you find very few people have ever been part of law enforcement, and we have demonized public protection in this city and country because we have too many abusive officers who are allowed to stay in our agency. But at the same time, we have ignored the problems that fed violence in our country, and I say we need to stop doing that.
We know, we know that this is going to be layers, this is the first early voting count -- we know that. We know there's going to be twos and threes and fours - we know that. But there's something else we know. New York City said,' Our first choice is Eric Adams,' we're going to allow them to go through the process and count the ballots, and count all the ranking. And we know that this is an opportunity for people to participate, but the feeling today is just such a.. . such a good feeling.
You left the city during a very difficult time, even during a time where I did not see my son over two months because I was in the streets during COVID. You did not vote in municipal elections at all, how the hell do we have you become our mayor with this record like this? How will you govern a diverse city like this?
We're going to lose more young people, 95 percent of those victims who are victims to gun violence are Black and brown, 95 percent of the shooters are Black and Brown, we're talking about Black lives matter. We must deal with police misconduct, but we have to deal with this real pervasive handgun problem.
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