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Albany, NY: The failing New York Democrat Governor, Kathy Hochul, is wiping the foul taste of her own foot after she inserted it in her mouth during the New York Governors debate by dismissing New Yorker’s concerns over crime.
When responding to Republican Governor Candidate Lee Zeldin’s remarks about her failure to address the crime problem, part of her response was ‘I don’t know why that’s so important to you.’
This was a complete slap in the face to all the victims and the families of victims who were viciously attacked by violent thugs over the last few years since the enactment of their extremely pro-criminal bail reform laws.
Her complete lack of sympathy and compassion towards the countless victims of violent crimes committed by suspects who would have previously been in jail for other crimes shocked viewers from both sides of the isle.
How does your foot taste?
Most assuredly terrible, as was the response given during the debate.
In the debate, Zeldin stated:
“This governor, who still, to this moment- halfway through the debate, she hasn’t talked about locking up anyone committing any crimes.”
A vulnerable and seemingly unprepared (despite being halfway through the debate) Gov. Hochul tried to downplay the statement, but instead surprised everyone.
🚨STUNNING!🚨 @kathyhochul on locking up criminals:
“I don’t know why that’s so important to you.”
— New York GOP (@NewYorkGOP) October 26, 2022
“Anyone who commits a crime, under our laws, especially with the changes made to bail, has consequences.”
As Hochul turns towards Zeldin, she continued:
“I don’t know why that is so important to you.”
Wow. Just wow.
Tell the Brooklyn man who was just shoved onto a subway platform in an unprovoked attack that caused several broken bones why the topic of crime is important.
Or tell that to the EMS Lt., Alison Russo, a 9-11 first responder who committed her life to civic duty, who was repeatedly stabbed and killed in broad daylight by a knife wielding lunatic- ask her family members why crime is an important subject.
The violent crimes go on and on. With no end in sight.
And just ask the residents of New York City how they feel about the crime problem.
According to a recent Fox News column, it stated:
“A majority of New Yorkers believe the city has become less safe in recent years, with more than three-quarters saying they fear being a victim of a crime, according to a poll released Tuesday by the Siena College Research Institute. Seventy percent said they feel less safe in the city now than before the pandemic.”
“Half of those polled said they have changed their daily routine to feel safer, which included at least 40% of adults in every borough, gender, age, race, party or income level.”
Gov. Hochul’s absurb response to the glowing crime problem came at an unusual time and peppered with irony.
Her and New York City Mayor Adams have each acknowledged the rise in crime, particularly in the NYC subway system.
New Yorkers have been repeatedly robbed, beaten, stabbed, raped and even murdered on a variety of areas of the subway system. In fact, things are so bad, it may be even safer to be pushed off the platform so long as a train isn’t nearby.
Gov. Hochul and Mayor Adams announced a wanna-be catchy initiative called ‘cops, camera, care’ program to curb and reduce the stark rise in subway violence.
According to a New York Post column, it stated:
“Their ‘Cops, Cameras, Care’ initiative — announced Saturday at Grand Central Terminal just over two weeks before Hochul tries to retain her seat on Election Day – includes the state-run MTA Police Department and the NYPD joining forces to add 1,200 extra overtime shifts daily to watch over the subway system.”
Strange. That sounds a lot like ‘refunding the police.’
Gov. Hochul poor choice of words at the debate and her support of the current bail reform laws are part of the problem. These Democrat, ‘woke’ liberals are so out of touch with reality, they can’t see the problem staring them in the face. It’s a ‘so close I cant even see it’ dilemma.
Her desperate, last minute hail-Mary to win over votes by instituting this new initiative was all nullified by her total lack of compassion to the victims, many who paid with their lives, of the bail reform laws.
And now it’s it going to cost her her seat as Governor. The people are fed, the victims are fed up, and America deserves better.
The Big Apple has problems.
Welcome to police-defunded NY: Crime surged in almost every category in summer of 2022 in New York City
Posted September 7, 2022
NEW YORK, NY – New numbers from the New York Police Department show that crime levels increased in almost every crime during the summer of 2022.
The increase in crime has led some in the Democratic party to distance themselves from progressive Democrats.
— The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) August 31, 2022
Every day there are new stories that are reported in which residents or tourists are accosted in some manner in the Big Apple. News about someone being robbed at gunpoint, shot, or just merely beaten by a random group of criminals roaming the streets of New York.
While some might try to argue that crime has not increased in the city, the New York Police Department has released crime statistics which show that almost every single category of crime has increased in the city during the summer of 2022.
The only two major crime areas which did not show an increase, thankfully, were reported homicides and rapes during the summer months.
Information released from the New York Police Department showed that during the last week in August, serious crimes had increased by 35.6 percent from numbers reported in 2021. Robberies, burglaries, grand thefts, and vehicle thefts increased between 32.6 and 46.6 percent.
Lawmakers in the State of New York are also noticing the increases in crime and are starting to distance themselves from leaders who are believed to be part of the cause, like Democrat New York Governor Kathy Hochul.
Governor Hochul, who recently told Republicans to leave the State of New York, is allegedly being shunned by fellow Democrats for her stance on bail and criminal justice reform.
Felony assaults increased more than 22% this year, with a total of 114 assaults reported through through August 28th, according to NYPD. Up from 93 assaults reported in same time period last year.
If you see something, call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477
— Todd "TJ” Stein (@steintoddjnyc) September 6, 2022
Political leaders like John Orlando, the President of New Era Democrats, have come right out and said that they can no longer support the Governor. Orlando told Fox and Friends:
“The last straw for me was the fight in the Bronx where the guy got sucker punched. It revealed two problems. One was the bail reform, the second is parolees. The gentleman [accused suspect] was on parole. Why was he released?”
— New York Post (@nypost) August 11, 2022
Orlando brought up the requirement that Democratic leaders enacted which requires those who are arrested while out on parole must be afforded a hearing within twenty-four hours or be released. Orlando said that requirement should not be in place:
“He [the suspect] had to have 24 hours to have a hearing to stay remanded [in custody]. Why? He was on parole. He should’ve been kept in jail once he was arrested.”
Orlando claims that a resident of New York City told him that the increase in crime reminded him of the crime waves that occurred in the city during the 70s and 80s. Orlando said:
“I was born and raised in Brooklyn, still live there, raising my family there. In the ’70s and ’80s, I know what it was like…we are back to that, it’s not going back, it’s here.”
Todd Piro, a host of Fox and Friends, asked Orlando what the state of the Democratic party is currently. Orlando said:
“There are a lot of good moderate Democrats in the party. Unfortunately, right now, they’re either going along to get along, they’re being silenced by the left wing of their party, or they’re just afraid to speak up.
[The Governor] is just another partisan politician, unfortunately, and the left wing of the party is dragging down the state.”
John Orlando, President of the New Era Democrats, said during a press conference, “We have a Democratic machine that has gone far too Left – too extreme for even those moderate Democrats.”https://t.co/hETQnc4nLM
— MAGA Grace (@jefavieja) September 6, 2022
Whether voters in the coming election actually oust those that are alleged to have been soft on crime or not remains to be seen.
Welcome to criminal justice-reformed New York: Violent criminal free on bond shoots 7-year-old in gang shooting
BROOKLYN, NY – A 7-year-old girl was grazed by a stray bullet in what NYPD detectives believe was a gang-related drive-by.
The girl was not the intended target. She and her mom just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, walking home from school. When the shots rang out, people scattered, including the girl and her family.
Her mother didn’t realize that her daughter was injured for roughly two hours later when the child complained of pain on her left side. Tanaisia Green, the girl’s mom called 911. She was taken to NYU Langone Hospital in Brooklyn where she was listed in stable condition.
Police now have two suspects in custody.
“I heard about five — pop, pop, pop. One after the other,” said one employee of the deli on the corner where that shooting took place. “Once we heard the shot, we started running. Some ran that way. We stayed in the back until the cops came. That’s when everybody came out.”
Robert Cooper, 31, is one of the men that police arrested in the shooting.
At the time of the shots being fired from the black sedan, Cooper was free with no bond after a February arrest for allegedly beating a 39-year-old man and stealing his food on Staten Island.
Police say that he punched the victim repeatedly and stole about $45 worth food from him.
Charged with felony robbery and assault, prosecutors asked that he be held on a $3,000 cash bail. Instead, Judge Gerianne Abriano released Cooper without bail.
Now, Cooper and Jaden Baskerville are in custody for the shooting. Police have not said which of the two they believe pulled the trigger.
As reported by the New York Post:
“A Brooklyn grand jury indicted both men earlier this month, charging them with eight counts, including attempted murder, second-degree assault, second-degree possession of a weapon, and first-degree criminal use of a firearm.
Cooper was arraigned on the indictment Monday and ordered held on $25,000 cash bail or a $100,000 bond and remained behind bars at Rikers Island.”
Baskerville is being held on $500,000 bond.
The New York Post spoke with the grandmother of the wounded girl.
“‘She is doing …,’ she trailed off when asked about the girl’s mother. ‘They are just still traumatized. I just thank God that she is OK, that’s the important part. This is not a good time.’”
The deli worker spoke about the young girl being struck in the gunfire.
“It’s sad, really sad,” he said. “She didn’t deserve that; you know what I’m saying. She was just standing there waiting for the light to change and then this happened.”
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