As crime skyrockets in police-defunded New York City, the mayor plans to run for state governor

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – It’s already well established that Mayor Bill de Blasio won’t be the Big Apple’s mayor again due to term limits, not to mention, he’s already endorsed Eric Adams to become New York City’s next mayor.

But Bill de Blasio isn’t leaving the world of politics, in fact – he’s trying to up his politics game by running for governor in New York. Yet in the past month prior to his purported plans to run for governor of the state being revealed, the city he currently oversees saw an increase in crime.

According to reports, Mayor Bill de Blasio has informed associates that he intends to run for governor in New York. Mayor de Blasio has yet to make any formal announcement about this alleged endeavor, media outlets abound have circulated reports that his bid for governor is all but officially confirmed.

While speaking to the New York Times on October 6th, Mayor de Blasio was asked directly whether he had any intentions to run against Governor Kathy Hochul, which he responded with the following:

“I’ve talked to a number of people to say, I want to continue in public service. There’s a lot to do. Look I’m not going to make any political announcements. I’m only making a broad point, for the last year and a half I’ve had to lead the nation’s largest city through the COVID crisis.

I’m very proud of what the people the city has done. As we get farther down the line, when I have something more to say, I will certainly let you know.”

The office of the governor in New York over the past year has been embroiled in controversy, from the COVID nursing deaths to the alleged inappropriate sexual harassment of former Governor Andrew Cuomo that eventually led to him resigning from office.

Needless to say, the race for governor of New York in 2022 is going to be something to watch – and apparently, polling data shows that New Yorkers are not a fan of de Blasio potentially taking office.

An August Co/efficient poll put de Blasio over 20 points behind current Governor Hochul and Attorney General Letitia James in a hypothetical three-way primary contest. And with issues like crime in New York City, it’s understandable why residents of the state would be skeptical of the possibility of Mayor de Blasio becoming the state governor.

Data released by the NYPD earlier in October showed that overall crime rose by 2.6% during the month of September when compared to the same month in 2020 – noting an additional 243 incidents reported to police.

Among the largest of the categorical increases in crime was felony assault, which rose 18.5% with 1,802 reported incidents in September 2020 to 2,135 incidents reported in September 2021. Other crime trends in the data showed robberies increased by 6%, vehicle theft by 4.1% and grand larceny up by 0.7%.

When crime was running rampant this past September, Mayor de Blasio was reportedly reaching out to “several labor leaders” in an effort to “gauge support” for a potential gubernatorial run, according to a report from Politico.

An anonymous union affiliate told Politico that Mayor de Blasio was “letting the leaders know that he’s considering running for governor” and was asking them “hold off on making a decision” regarding endorsements for other potential 2022 candidates for office.

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Mayor de Blasio threatens to withhold pay to NYPD and city employees who refuse to follow his latest demands

(Originally published September 13th, 2021)

NEW YORK CITY, NY – In the latest bid to increase vaccination rates within the city, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has reportedly threatened to withhold pay from police officers and other city employees if they refuse to either get vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID testing.

Mayor de Blasio threatened to hold back the wages of New York City Police Department officers and other city employees who aren’t COVID-19-vaccinated or are rejecting weekly testing.

All city workers must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo testing for the virus on a weekly basis, according to Mayor de Blasio order that goes into full effect on September 13th, affecting about 340,000 city workers from numerous sectors across the city.

Speaking during a press conference on September 9th, Mayor de Blasio stated the following:

“If someone, again, does not follow that mandate, that’s true, eventually, they’re not going to be paid, obviously.”

As of September 10th, approximately 53% of NYPD employees have received at least one dose of the vaccine, compared to roughly 79% of adults in the city who have done the same. Overall, approximately 71% of all adults in the city have been fully vaccinated.

PBA president Patrick J. Lynch spoke out against the order, namely taking issue with the fact that NYPD officers will have to be vaccinated on their own time and not be compensated for doing so – which he noted in a recent memo that said officials have gone back on their word to pay officers to receive their vaccination:

“Contrary to our previous conversations with the Department, the order indicates that unvaccinated MOS must obtain a COVID-19 test on their own time.”

Lynch says that if the city is mandating either vaccinations or testing, then that time should be compensated:

“In the PBA’s view, any testing mandated by the Department must be conducted on job time and at the city’s expense, and any test received outside of the MOS’s regular working hours should be subject to overtime compensation.”

This rolled out mandate within New York City comes on the heels of President Joe Biden’s recent plans where he announced that he’s going to use the power of the Department of Labor – specifically by creating an OSHA rule – that would mandate employers who have 100 or more employees to either require weekly testing or vaccines for all employees:

“The Department of Labor is developing an emergency rule to require all employers with 100 or more employees, that together employ over 80 million workers, to ensure their workforces are fully vaccinated or show a negative test at least once a week.”

However, in President Biden’s announced intentions to put the squeeze on larger employers to force the aforementioned, he has also said that these employers would be required “to give those workers paid time off to get vaccinated.”

Yet, a recent piece by Vox, it was noted that there are legitimate questions on whether the Department of Labor has the capacity to impose such a mandate:

“The bottom line is that the fate of the new vaccination rules is uncertain. There is fairly little case law interpreting the Labor Department’s power to issue emergency standards.”

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NYC Mayor de Blasio a no-show at police commissioner briefing on NYPD lieutenant who was shot by a gang member

(Originally published August 2nd, 2021)

NEW YORK CITY, NY- According to reports, Mayor Bill de Blasio was a no-show at the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) early-morning July 31st news conference about the shooting of a police lieutenant in the Bronx.

City Hall did not offer an explanation for this absence. One police source said:

“That’s typical of him. He never has cared about police officers. So, it’s not surprising he’s showing his true colors with only a few months left.”

Around 4 a.m., on Saturday, July 31st, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea briefed the media outside Jacobi Medical Center on the status of the wounded lieutenant, who was shot late Friday night in the Bronx while wrestling with accused gunman and documented gang member, 26-year-old Jerome Roman.

Following the violent incident, Roman was take to the hospital and his arraignment was pending as of July 31st. The lieutenant was treated at a hospital and then released after being shot in the ankle.

Throughout his term in office, de Blasio has had a rocky relationship with the NYPD. Among his missteps, in July 2017, de Blasio caught heat after he skipped an NYPD swearing-in ceremony, which was during the same week after the assassination of a cop.

Hours later, it was revealed that he was busy preparing to jet off to join leftist protesters at the G-20 summit and Germany. 

According to reports, Roman, an alleged member of the Lyman Place Bosses gang in Morrisania, was arrested late on July 30th after he shot the lieutenant during a scuffle. Court records show that Roman already had a pending gun case from November 14th, when he got into a fight with cops in the Bronx. 

In the case from November, Roman was charged with possession of a loaded firearm and was released on $30,000 bail. He was spotted again with a gun shortly before midnight on July 30th, when cops spotted him holding the weapon. Prosecutor Cassie Perez said in a statement:

“He is now under arrest having been found in possession of another loaded firearm. During the struggle of this arrest, the defendant refused to let go of the firearm and actually fired it, striking a uniformed NYPD lieutenant in the right ankle.”

Roman has been charged with multiple attempted murder and gun possession charges as well as reckless endangerment and resisting arrest. 

Roman has a least 25 prior busts, including the November gun case. In the latest incident, police stated that he took off after the cops spotted him. The officers caught up with him and a “fierce struggle” ensued. On the body camera footage, one officer is heard yelling:

“Stop reaching for it. Stop reaching for it, dude.”

Police said Roman had a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun with 12 live rounds when he was arrested, but the gun jammed during the scuffle. Three cops were treated for minor bumps and bruises after the arrest.

The New York Post reported that the city saw nearly a 20 percent dip in gun violence in June, however, Shea believes that there is “much more work to do.” He said in a statement:

“We started to reverse the trend that we’ve been seeing since last May of increased gun violence. We know we have so much more work to do. Gun violence, make no mistake about it, is where our focus is right now on with the NYPD.”

However, June’s tally, is nearly double the number of shootings in June 2019, when 89 were reported. Shea credited the NYPD’s nearly 100 percent increase in gun arrests for the drop in shootings last month.

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