NEW YORK, NY – This is how bad New York City has gotten.
An 84-year-old New York Police Department Chaplain, Rabbi Alvin Kass, was mugged while out for a walk on the Upper West Side on September 1st.
New York Police Department responded to the incident on Riverside Drive and West 107th Street before 6am and located Kass unharmed. Police learned that Kass was out for his daily walk when a man, later identified as Rafael Diaz, approached Kass as he was walking down the street.
Diaz is alleged to have said:
“I’m hungry, I need food.”
This, as he started going through the Rabbi’s pockets seeking cash or anything else of value.
NYPD allege that as Diaz stole whatever cash Kass on him, Diaz also found the chaplain’s shield. When Diaz realized he grabbed an NYPD shield, he dropped it to the ground and fled the area on foot.
Police worked with Kass and searched the area and were able to locate Diaz nearby. NYPD placed Diaz under arrest for attempted robbery charges.
When news of the incident spread, the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association responded by tweeting:
“NYPD Chief Chaplain Rabbi Alvin Kass assaulted in attempted mugging…At what point does anyone leading this city take responsibility? Where is de Blasio, Adams, Johnson, Lancman? Another attack on Jewish people! Demand accountability!”
NYPD Chief Chaplain Rabbi Alvin Kass assaulted in attempted mugging https://t.co/HrEMWRmBrF via @nypmetro At what point does anyone leading this city take responsibility? Where is DeBlasio,Adams,Johnson, Lancman? Another attack on Jewish people! Demand accountability!
— SBA (@SBANYPD) September 1, 2020
The NYPD’s Police Benevolent Association also chimed in on twitter, saying:
“Despicable attack on our brother Rabbi Dr. Kass. Relieved he wasn’t injured, but nobody should have to endure this. This is what our failed political leaders have done to #UWS and neighborhoods across the city.”
Despicable attack on our brother Rabbi Dr. Kass. Relieved he wasn’t injured, but nobody should have to endure this. This is what our failed political leaders have done to #UWS and neighborhoods across the city.https://t.co/LugFXnq7zJ
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) September 1, 2020
Both associations specifically name the political leaders of the city as a major part of the problem and it is not the first time.
On August 28th, the Sergeants Benevolent Association demanded de Blasio resign.
There are many reasons as to why members of the NYPD are unhappy with the leadership of de Blasio, including when he caved to political pressure from Black Lives Matter and defunded the agency by $1 billion dollars.
We need to hear you RESIGNED as Mayor of NYC. We are WAITING. Only a few hours left until sundown. Give 8 million people a gift & quit. You ruined NYC, Save the City and step down. @NYCMayor @NYCPBA @NYCPDDEA @realDonaldTrump @DonaldJTrumpJr @FoxNews @NY1 @TLMDPR @wpix @lbanypd https://t.co/avnqk6HbnQ
— SBA (@SBANYPD) August 28, 2020
There is also failed bail reform which was passed which allows several violent offenders to be released shortly after arrest, incapable of being held in jail until seeing a judge.
On top of this, de Blasio worked to empty out Riker’s Island of prisoners for fear that they may be spread the COVID-19 virus.
These moves are credited by some, including the Police Commissioner, as one of the reasons why violent crime has increased so significantly since May of this year.
Violent crime has significantly increased and has affected a vast majority of minority citizens. Reports of shootings have increased by 87% since this time last year.
Part of this is blamed on releasing of jail inmates, bail reform, and de Blasio’s disbanding of the anti-crime unit, who’s sole mission in life was to prevent, detect, and apprehend known violent criminals with firearms.
It would not seem a coincidence that violent crime spike almost immediately after this unit was shut down.
On Twitter, the Sergeants Benevolent Association said:
“We need to hear you RESIGNED as MAYOR of NYC. We are WAITING. Only a few hours left until sundown. Give 8 million people a gift & quit. You ruined NYC, Save the City and step down.”
Of course, we are now in September and de Blasio still has yet to resign, and most likely will not, despite the significant increase in violent crime in his city.
Mayor de Blasio’s press secretary, Bill Neidhardt, responded to the demand for the mayor to step down. On Twitter he said:
“Ed Mullins and RNC speaker Pat Lynch do not represent the views of most New Yorkers, let alone the rank-and-file.”
New York City Union Head: Mayor de Blasio’s plan to lay off EMTs, paramedics means ‘people will die’
NEW YORK CITY, NY – The Big Apple is planning on laying off nearly 400 EMTs and paramedics. Oren Barzilay, the head of EMS Local 2507, worries that “people will die” if that happens. He said that Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to cut 22,000 municipal workers, including 10% of the city’s 3,700 EMTs and paramedics.
In a New York Post report, Barzilay is quoted as saying:
“The response times will go through the roof. That would put people at risk. People will die.”
De Blasio blames the massive budget shortfall on the coronavirus and the federal government’s unwillingness to bail out the progressive city. Reports from 2019 show that the state was underwater by $6.1 billion in December.
“Debt for the City has grown from $39.55 billion in FY 2000 to $91.56 billion in FY 2019, an increase of 132 percent. Over the same period, New York City’s personal income grew by 117 percent and New York City local tax revenues by 174 percent.”
NYC EMS Watch and most citizens agree that the last places any cuts should be made are in areas impacting the health and safety of citizens.
"The grass should be 10 feet tall in the park before we lay off people who are responding to emergencies." – NYC City Councilman Joe Borellihttps://t.co/tgCbuDVTvs
— NYC EMS Watch (@NYCEMSwatch) August 19, 2020
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On Aug. 19, David Slotnick, senior transportation reporter for Politico, tweeted a reminder that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had to send in ambulances from around the country in March and April of 2020 to deal with a shortfall in the city. He followed that tweet with screenshots of the union head’s statement.
Incredulous statement from the FDNY-EMS union pic.twitter.com/niNCvkyawu
— David Slotnick (@David_Slotnick) August 20, 2020
De Blasio’s press secretary responded by saying:
“To be clear: City Hall does not want these layoffs to happen, but this is the hole we are in without a stimulus or borrowing authority.
“Our EMTs and firefighters save lives every day and we are working with their unions to find personnel savings to avoid layoffs, but unfortunately all agencies will face layoffs.”
De Blasio blames the federal government. He blames the pandemic. He blames everyone except himself and his careless administration.
He may want to take a look at some of the things the city is spending money on, such as Black Lives Matter murals on the street in front of Trump Tower. This is no doubt a ploy to try to taunt the President and his support for law enforcement. It’s possible that this was a reckless use of tax dollars.
He also might want to put a damper on the “protests” in which fires were set and police vehicles and fire trucks were seriously damaged or destroyed. Preventing expensive “protests” like these from taking place, or holding the organizers and perpetrators financially liable, might be a way to mitigate some of the costs.
Police cars & streets on fire, cops attacked — and last night a Detective & Officers were hit with Molotov cocktails by would-be cop killers. As we do everything to stop NYC from burning, all we hear from elected officials is criticism. Maybe they should try it on the front line. pic.twitter.com/Spshv5Skrl
— Detectives' Endowment Association (@NYCPDDEA) May 31, 2020
A Ford Police Utility Interceptor SUV has a base price of $33,665. That is the most popular car model used by NYPD. That’s the base price. The specialized police packages can add upwards of $5,000. Then there are items in the cars like tablets, rifles, radios and more.
It’s probable that nothing is salvageable from this fire. It’s also highly probable that there’s at least $2,000 to $3,000 in damage to the actual road under there.
Two NYPD police cars on fire. Window smashed on banks. Union Square, NYC, now. pic.twitter.com/fAi6BlywCe
— Gabriel Elizondo (@elizondogabriel) May 31, 2020
Paramedic and EMT numbers are already down in the city. Four first responders have died of COVID-19 and three others have recently committed suicide. During the ongoing pandemic, first responders have already handled more than 7,000 emergency calls.
That’s almost twice the normal amount for that time frame.
What happens if there’s a surge in COVID or the rioting continues? What happens to just the ordinary, everyday heart attack victim who dies because the response time has doubled?
And while all this is going on, the New York Post reports that de Blasio touts this as a great time to “fundamentally remake New York City economically and socially.” He’s even gone so far as to put his wife in charge of a task force to make sure New York City is more racially just when it reopens. That’s got to have a budget as well.
In April, de Blasio set up a $20 million COVID-19 fund for “undocumented” immigrants. The fund paid $20,000 undocumented workers and their families $1,000 to a family with children; $800 to couples or a single parent with children; and $400 to a single adult. That $20 million could have paid for a lot of EMTs and paramedics.
While Gov. Cuomo is trying to lure the wealthy back to the state with promises of tax breaks, de Blasio has said he would like to raise taxes on them. Now it appears that de Blasio’s out to jeopardize their safety as well.
Revealed: As NYC mayor considers cutting jobs to save city money, his wife’s staff costs taxpayers more than $2 million
NEW YORK, NY – New York City is struggling financially under the leadership of Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio.
And as if the pandemic shutdown wasn’t a financial hit enough, protests and riots throughout the city raised a significant bill to work and clean up the mess.
As a result, de Blasio is looking to cut several thousand jobs from the city. But it’s been revealed that his wife maintains a staff which is paid more than $2 million a year, at all the expense of taxpayers.
So @NYCFirstLady's 14-person staff includes a $140K/year comms advisor, a $130K director of policy, a $105K director of operations, a $70K videographer, and a $117K speechwriter, via @yoavgonen https://t.co/Yg1PVeelpP
— katie honan (@katie_honan) August 18, 2020
Chirlane McCray, the wife of de Blasio, maintains a full time staff of employees, according to The City, of 14 people.
Although public records requests only show 8 full-time employees, at the cost of roughly $1.1 million in salaries, The City reports “a shadow staff of at least six full-time workers who don’t appear on her official roster.”
With those people accounted for, they payroll goes up to $2 million per year. The city says that the numbers are skewed because the six employees are paid through other city departments.
McCray, who is exploring running for the Brooklyn borough president position, which is being left vacant due to term limits of the incumbent, has a total staff of 14 people according to The City. This is concerning since de Blasio is looking to identify 22,000 jobs to cut from the City’s payroll to meet budgetary demands.
Bill de Blasio: "I may have to lay off 22,000 city employees by October 1st if I don’t get federal help"
Also Bill de Blasio👇https://t.co/uhtM0nyOQ4
— Brooklyn Republicans (@KingsCountyGOP) August 18, 2020
The Daily Mail reports that Dabash Negash, an employee of McCray’s, was hired after de Blasio mandated a hiring freeze for the rest of the city. It is reported that Negash is considered a senior advisor for McCray and is reportedly paid $150,000 a year.
Other employees of McCray include a speech writer with a salary of $117,000 a year, another senior advisor making $150,000 a year, public relations director at $143,000 a year and a special assistant who pulls down $115,000 annually. City Councilman Eric Ulrich is not pleased after learning of the bloated staff for McCray.
Ulrich said that the staff was a “disgrace.” He told the New York Post:
“How much taxpayer money will the mayor’s wife pilfer before leaving office? How can she sleep at night hiring these hacks knowing so many other workers are facing layoffs this fall? This is a disgrace!”
However, City Hall does not seem concerned about the size nor cost of McCray’s staff. City Hall spokeswoman Chanel Caraway told the Post:
“The First Lady (ha!) manages a robust portfolio and her team works tirelessly to carry out goals and priorities on issues like mental health and domestic violence that will improve the lives of New Yorkers.
As they City navigates unprecedented challenges triggered by the COVID-19 crisis, these public servants continue to show up every day to deliver solutions that reach into every neighborhood and family, and we owe them a debt of gratitude.”
While it is doubtful that the 22,000 employees who are facing layoffs in the new fiscal year would be grateful to McCray and her staff, it is less logical that the average New Yorker would be. This is considering that the city cannot even keep trash from backing up on the streets.
The city is in dire straits. We literally don't have $ to pick up trash or buy PPE for schools.
But there's $ to hire political staff & give millions in raises during a pandemic?
This is not me being 'easily offended'. This is irresponsible governing.https://t.co/EB4kANrjAt
— Andrew Gounardes (@agounardes) August 18, 2020
Mayor de Blasio’s efforts at getting financial relief from the federal government were refused. In addition, the Democratic state legislators also refused any loans, calling the request irresponsible.
Democratic State Senator John Liu talked about the loan request, saying:
“It wasn’t a plan, but merely an ask that wasn’t back by sound rationale, and now obviated given the budget deal with the Council….Our children do not owe the Mayor a blank check.”
Despite rebukes and refusals to bail out New York City, de Blasio refuses to look at every angle to find a way to save money, and perhaps some jobs in the process. Considering McCray’s staff takes up $2 million of the city budget, if those employees are taken off of the payroll, perhaps some of the 22,000 people could remain employed.
Report: NY Mayor de Blasio names his wife to head ‘coronavirus racial inequality task force’
April 27, 2020 – NEW YORK, N.Y.- This is why people hate politics. Some politicians do not even try to make it look like they are not trying to take care of friends and family.
The latest example of what’s arguably nepotism? Look no further than the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio. He just named his wife Chirlane McCray to head a so-called coronavirus recovery task force.
Of course, the coronavirus has been outed as a racist affliction, so part of de Blasio’s motivation in appointing his wife is to make sure that “racial inclusion and equity” in the recovery was addressed.
What makes this appointment even more controversial is the fact that McCray ran something called “Thrive NYC,” which has been roundly criticized in the city as a “mismanaged money pit,” that produced no results despite the fact that it gets $250 million a year.
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) April 27, 2020
According to the New York Post, the program went through over $565 million in taxpayers’ money prior to last year and had basically achieved nothing.
City Councilman Ritchie Torres said:
“There’s no evidence it’s working. We have to evaluate the effectiveness of each program. It should be done on a case by case basis.
“If there’s a program that’s been found to be ineffective, we should pull the plug. If there’s a program that’s found to be effective, we should continue it.”
@NYCFirstLady botched the leadership of Fund for City of New York. Thrive, a 1B program which she heads was placed on watch list for poor performance by @NYCComptroller. So, DEB appts her head of CV task force, & is angling her 4 Bklyn BP! https://t.co/xZFBRTc3ht
— Sal Albanese (@SalAlbaneseNYC) April 27, 2020
According to National Review, the city has spent over $1 billion on the program since it was founded in 2015. Between 2015 and 2018 they said:
“The number of police complaints in the city involving mentally disturbed people rose 23 percent, and the number of mentally ill homeless individuals rose by over 2,000 over the same period.”
Despite the fact that the program hadn’t shown much as far as results, McCray criticized her detractors, saying:
“The truth is haters gonna hate. The haters want to hate because Thrive is doing very important work.”
Last year, the program was the subject of some controversy after it pulled out of an event for first responders, because the pro-police group “Blue Lives Matter” was co-sponsoring the event, this despite the fact that there had been a rash of suicides in the ranks of the NYPD.
Councilman Joe Borelli, a Staten Island Republican, criticized the decision.
“This was going to train police officers how to recognize signs of depression. We had people in the police department who wanted to save lives, and now it’s canceled, and we have to reschedule it because of the PC environment that de Blasio has caused.”
Borelli noted that his office was approached by Blue Lives Matter last June about helping to set up mental health programs for police, and at first Thrive was glad to take part.
However, once Thrive’s directors saw the involvement of Blue Lives Matter, they were explicitly asked to remove “other groups”—ostensibly Blue Lives Matter—from the flyer. After the request was refused, Thrive pulled its support of the event.
Because Thrive pulled out, they were forced to postpone the event until last September while police suicides continued.
“This program, it could have done a lot of good things,” said the head of Blue Lives Matter, Sgt. Joseph Imperatrice. “This is the problem: You reach your hand to try to do good things and, in this case, save lives, and because of political agenda, they want to pull it back.”
THRIVE BACKS OUT ON COPS: Mayor de Blasio and his wife are under fire again after their criticized Thrive NYC mental health program backed out of an event that was sponsored by the pro-police group Blue Lives Matter. https://t.co/oKDkP3zi4T #CBSNewYork pic.twitter.com/rdHzSrsDp5
— CBS New York (@CBSNewYork) August 15, 2019
Back to the coronavirus recovery task force. De Blasio, appointed his wife to co-chair the task force as the Big Apple looks at the eventual reopening of businesses and other activities in the city.
“The economic and racial disparities that have been made so clear by this crisis, we knew about them before,” de Blasio said. “A powerful, painful exclamation point has been put on them by this crisis.”
In the pandemic, the poorest zip codes in the city seem to have been hardest hit by the coronavirus, according to city data. Minorities, who tend to be among the city’s essential workers, have died at disproportionately higher rates. Which actually makes sense, since they would have been more likely to have been exposed than individuals whose businesses are closed and who are subject to stay-at-home orders.
De Blasio noted that the task force was formed to ensure that the city’s “underdogs” aren’t left behind in the recovery.
The appointment of de Blasio’s wife by the mayor drew some confusion on both sides of the city’s political aisle.
Borelli said, “Chirlane doesn’t have an impressive track record running task forces or agencies.” Noting that McCray has political aspirations, Borelli continued, “This is too serious an issue to use it as a profile raiser.”
Democrat Robert Holden didn’t hold much back, saying that the appointment smacked of nepotism with de Blasio trying to raise his wife’s visibility at a time when she has been widely rumored to be running for Brooklyn borough president.
“This is political I wish de Blasio would stop doing this,” he said. “Let her win the Brooklyn borough presidency on her own merits.
“Her track record on Thrive and the statue commission hasn’t been good,” he said, referring to another boondoggle that McCray had been involved with.
This surrounds a controversy that blew up in 2019 when the city was searching for women to memorialize with public monuments. A public poll had selected Italian American nun Mother Cabrini, which McCray vetoed, causing a lot of consternation among the public.
Speaking of not pulling punches, Republican Councilman Eric Ulrich of Queens tweeted, “’Putting @NYCFirstLady in charge of the newly created task force on racial inclusion is a great idea,’—said No One Ever. By the way, what ever happened to all that money for ThriveNYC?”
“Putting @NYCFirstLady in charge of the newly created task force on racial inclusion and equity is a great idea,” -said No One Ever… By the way, what ever happened to all that money for ThriveNYC? @MentalHealthNYC
— Eric Ulrich (@eric_ulrich) April 26, 2020
In an apparent acknowledgment of Thrive’s problems, New York last month said that it was going to cut half of its 54 sub-programs and cut back spending—a move once again that sources believe is to grease the skids for McCray’s anticipated run for borough president.
De Blasio of course thinks his wife has done a peachy job. He said that her work at Thrive was the reason why she should head the coronavirus recovery initiative.
“I think what Chirlane has done over these last six years is take this issue, put it in the light, open up access for millions of people and then continue to build out a structure that could focus on effective delivery and equity. I think that’s exactly the kind of mindset needed for this task force.”
The purpose of the group is to make sure that hardest-hit areas, along with minority and women-owned businesses get fair treatment as the city recovers from the pandemic.
We must first demand a full investigation & accounting into
ThriveNYC, Chirlane McCray's mental health project,& the fact that
about one billion dollars in taxpayer money is missing. No transparency, City Council members say we don't know. https://t.co/4eL2uqGuJU
— Lynn Shaw (@LynnShawProd) April 26, 2020
Supposedly, McCray will not get paid for this post, however the city didn’t respond to the New York Post when asked about what the task force had allocated for a budget—or if it even has one.
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