The fear of crime is back as a political issue in New York City. For the first time in years, it could be a key factor in voters choosing the next mayor.
Early voting begins on Saturday at the city’s political parties. Voting was held while the city was taking place. full of hope After a year of pandemic lockdown but also in the midst of the increasing unstable shooting
The violence is still mild from record highs in the 1990s or even in New York in the early 2000s, but has forced the top Democratic candidates to balance reform talks. Police with a pledge not to let New York retrograde with its long-gone days as the crime capital.
“Nobody came to New York. in our multi-billion dollar travel industry If you have a 3-year-old child shot in Times Square,” Brooklyn President Eric Adams said in a recent debate, referring to the May 8 shooting. c. In which a four-year-old girl and two adult women were injured by stray bullets.
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Adams, a former police captain who co-founded a leadership group for black officers. soared to the top of most of the polls. As crime and policing issues have dominated the mayor’s debate lately.
The competition is still tight. Although 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang, former city sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia, city supervisor Scott Stringer and civil rights attorney Maya Wiley was the top contender for 13 candidates in the Democratic vote.
The last day of voting is June 22, with the overwhelmingly democratic New York City top Democratic party highly likely to win the November general election and succeed Mayor Bill de Blasio for a limited time.
The Republican party is characterized by Curtis Sliwa, founder of anti-crime group Guardian Angels, and Fernando Mateo, a restaurant owner and taxi advocate.
The Times Square shootings and other notorious crimes, such as the shooting of a 10-year-old boy in Queens, were killed last weekend. causing fear that the city would be surrounded “Stop the bloodshed” screams on the front page of the New York Post. which warns of surrendering on the streets “To homelessness, filth, crime and guns,” in an editorial endorsing Adams.
The reality is more nuanced.
Many of the most common crimes in the city including theft, burglary and burglary. Still near historic lows In the first five months of 2021, the total number of serious crimes measured by the police department was the lowest since comparable statistics were available in the 1990s.
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But since the spring of 2020, the number of shootings has increased.
As of June 6, there were 181 homicides in New York City, up from 121 during the same period in 2019, a 50 percent increase. That was the worst start to a year since 2011.
At least 687 people were injured or killed in gunfire until June 6. This is not a bad thing in the past. More than 2,400 people were shot during the same time in 1993, but the highest number for winter and early. Spring since 2000
Many voters surveyed in a Spectrum News NY1/Ipsos poll released this week chose “crime or violence” as the biggest problem New York faces. Both racial injustice and police reform are also in the top 10.
Al Sharpton Income He has known most Democratic party mayoral candidates for many years, says crime is a big problem in the black community. And progressive applicants should deal with this more honestly.
“You know, two weeks after I gave my speech at George Floyd’s funeral, I sang the praises to a 1-year-old in Brooklyn who was strayed by gunshots in a gang battle,” Sharpton said. It refers to Dowell Gardner, who was shot while sitting in a stroller last summer. “So it’s not true that those of us who want police reform don’t want to deal with crime at the same time, and I think progressive candidates need to pay more attention to it.”
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Maria Forbes, president of the Clay Avenue Tenants Association in the Bronx, said crime had increased in her neighborhood during the pandemic. And she took a taxi to avoid taking the subway.
“I don’t feel safe taking the train,” Forbes said.
But Forbes, like many New Yorkers, doesn’t rule out crime or one of the most pressing issues. Housing and education are also big issues, she said.
“You have minimum wage people who need a place to live. And there are six people in two bedrooms,” Forbes said.
Applicants differ greatly in their approach to crime.
Wiley, who competes with Stringer and former nonprofit executive Dianne Morales for the vote of the most liberal New Yorkers. It will cut the police budget by $1 billion a year. “And directly invest those funds in the communities most affected by gun violence,” according to her forum.
A Wiley campaign ad shows police driving into Black Lives Matter protesters last year. She said in the ad, “It’s time for the NYPD to see us as people who deserve to breathe,” a reference to the deaths of Eric Garner and George Floyd.
Stringer said he would cut at least $1 billion over four years through measures such as transferring mental health responses to non-police crisis teams. and reduce police overtime
Garcia has not called for a cut in the police budget. But it said the minimum age for police officers should be increased from 21 to 25 and new recruits would be required to live in the city.
Yang supports the police’s residency requirements and better supervises the department. but refused a claim from the police.
“The truth is New York City can’t pay the police,” he warned.
Adams, who spent 22 years in the New York Police Department, said he was the victim of police brutality as a teenager and joined the reform force from within.
The Adams group was founded called 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care that advocated anti-racism and recruiting more officers of color.
New York City’s mayoral races are often unpredictable, though. But this preliminary competition is particularly difficult to predict as it will be the first to use ranked selective voting. Voters will rank up to five candidates.
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The product, which normally has low mayoral elections, is also a factor.
“The question is, what will be the most important for voters who come on elementary school?” said Susan Kang, a political scientist at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Kang said crime was not the main issue she heard about knocking on the door for a city council candidate she supported in Queens.
“People talk to me about everything, like property tax issues. street parking public transportation,” Kang said. ‘But what is this person going to do about crime?'”