Concerned business leaders send a letter to de Blasio about urgent ‘quality of life’ issues


NEW YORK CITY, NY—Since the start of the Coronavirus, many left the city to escape the tight quarters, but intended on returning. Since the violent riots began, police unites were disbanded, and crime raged, people fled New York City is masses, with no intention on returning. 

With innocent civilians being killed left and right for just being in the wrong place at the wrong time, tourism is down, and there is no end in sight. 

Given all of this, many businesses are struggling to keep their doors open, and they are finally speaking up about it. 

The leaders of many businesses sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday, September 10th, urging him to take “immediate action” on the many issues the city is currently facing that is hurting businesses economically. 

According to APNews, among the more than 150 people on the letter were the heads of Citigroup, Macys, and the WNBA.

The many people who signed the letter gave credit to the city for how well they handled the pandemic, but said:

“there is widespread anxiety over public safety, cleanliness and other quality of life issues that are contributing to deteriorating conditions in commercial districts and neighborhoods across the five boroughs.”

They continued and said people would be:

“slow to return unless their concerns about security and the livability [were dealt with].”

The letter said restoring essential services was:

“a necessary precursor for solving the city’s longer term, complex, economic challenges.”

In response, de Blasio said on Twitter:

“We’re grateful for our business community and are partnering to rebuild a fairer, better city. Lets be clear: To restore city services and save jobs, we need long term borrowing and federal stimulus,”

By this quote, it sounds as though the Mayor is not focusing on the actual problem, but instead requesting a financial bail out from the Government, again, taking the easy and “politically friendly” way out. 

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Here is more on the crime raging in NYC that Law Enforcement Today brought you. 

NEW YORK, NY – Since the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota, gun violence has surged in the streets of New York. 

Democratic Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, instead of dealing with the violence, has taken steps that some argue has helped to increase it, like disbanding the New York Police Department’s Anti-Crime unit and removing $1 billion dollars out of the police budget.

In a recent incident, a shooting is captured on video surveillance in which two different groups of people begin firing on each other.  The New York Police Department advised this incident happened in the early morning hours of August 25th at the Marlboro Houses in Brooklyn.

At this time, the NYPD does not have any reports of anyone injured during the shooting and has not been able to identify those involved.  They are asking for anyone who knows the people to please contact them so they can continue their investigation.

This shooting incident is one of many that has happened throughout the city of New York.  According to Fox News, the shooting incidents have increased by 166% compared to the same time frame in 2019.  In August alone, police reported 242 shooting incidents compared to only 91 last August.

Shootings in the city have become far too commonplace and often times, the victims of that violence have been children and/or minorities.  An example of this is a shooting which happened in the early morning hours of September 7th, in which a six-year-old boy was shot with four other people.

CBS New York reported that people had been attending a J’Ouvert celebration (freedom from slavery) when the shooting occurred in a Brooklyn Crown Height’s neighborhood.  Police advise that two people allegedly opened fire and struck five different people.

The child was struck in the leg and four people, ranging in age from 34 to 47, were shot in their feet and legs.  All of the people who were injured were transported to the hospital with what appears to be non-life-threatening injuries.  Although all people are expected to survive, there is no doubt that there will be a long lasting psychological effect, at least for the small child who was shot.

Police have not released much information regarding this shooting nor the names of those involved at this time.  Therefore there is no indication if this was an insolated incident, domestic or gang situation. 

A person who lives in the area of the shooting told CBS News that the 47-year-old was only in the area to check on her daughter along with her son when the shooting happened. 

The neighbor said:

“Only reason she was over here was because her daughter wasn’t answering the phone.  After she spoke to her daughter, they were walking right here, and that’s when three shots went off.  I saw the little boy on the floor full of blood, and I ran.”

New York City Police Chief Terence Monahan spoke of the incident, tweeting:

“At tonight’s senseless shooting in Brooklyn where five people were shot, officer also arrested two men – and recovered two guns.  The investigation is in its early stages and is ongoing.  We’re asking anyone with information to contact @NYPDTips at #800577TIPS.”

 J’Ouvert and a West Indian American Day Parade were scheduled to be done virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, despite gathering restrictions in place in the city, it is apparent some people still decided to celebrate the events in person.

Over the weekend, the New York City Police Department reported they responded to 14 shootings which had a total of 14 victims.  Three of those victims died as a result of their injuries from the shootings. 


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