New York City’s homeless population “soared” in recent weeks; hitting the highest level in years with more and more people showing-up at the Big Apple’s “hotel shelters.”
“The number of homeless New Yorkers living in hotel shelters surged over the last two years, despite Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2017 declaration the costly operations would be closed down by 2023, city figures show,” reports the New York Post.
“There are 5,473 households living in hotels across the city in August 2019 — two-thirds of which have children. That’s a dramatic 36% increase from the 4,012 households in August 2017, and roughly flat with August 2018’s 5,445 households,” adds the Post.
“The sooner we open more high-quality borough-based shelters, the sooner we can phase out these stop-gap measure once and for all,” said Department of Homeless Services’ spokesman Isaac McGinn.
New statistics show the number of arrests in New York City are down a stunning 27% from the same period last year, with police officers saying city officials no longer “have their backs” under the current administration.
The downturn comes days after what members of law enforcement describe as the ‘Pantaleo Effect.’ Officer Daniel Pantaleo was fired from the NYPD over his role in the death of Eric Garner on Staten Island earlier this month.
“Police Benevolent Association chief Patrick Lynch responded by angrily telling his members to ‘proceed with the utmost caution’ when answering calls — and new statistics obtained by The Post on Monday suggest officers are heeding his warning,” reports the NY Post.
“Arrests dropped 27% between Aug. 19 — the day Pantaleo was fired — and Aug. 25 compared to the same period in 2018, with police making 3,508 busts compared to 4,827,” adds the Post.
“Who wants to be the last cop standing?” a Manhattan cop said. “If someone’s in trouble and needs help or if a cop’s in trouble, obviously, you do what you have to do as a police officer. But if it’s discretionary, why put yourself in harm’s way?’’
Read the full report at the NY Post.
DE BLASIO ROCKED: Firefighters, EMS Unions TRASH De Blasio over Pay Inequality Throughout NYC
Unions representing Big Apple firefighters and Emergency First Responders slammed Mayor Bill De Blasio Wednesday; saying the NYC leader was playing politics by calling for “pay equality” for the Women’s Soccer Team while failing to acknowledge the problem in his own administration.
“While Mayor de Blasio uses this victory parade to grab attention for his presidential run and advocate against pay inequality, the first responders of FDNY EMS are victims of that same inequity,” said a statement from the unions.
“The difference in salaries after five years is tens of thousands of dollars,” the statement added. “The women’s national team deserves equal pay, but so do the hardworking EMTs and paramedics who save lives routinely and who the mayor has ignored.”
De Blasio spoke during New York’s victory parade honoring the US Women’s Soccer Team following their World Cup victory.
“This team has shown an undeniable truth, an inalienable right, the equality of women must be guaranteed in this nation,” de Blasio said.
The mayor was hit with a similar complaint by the NYPD union after the Democratic debate.
“History repeats itself. @BilldeBlasio said he wants to bring cops and community together. Ask any cop on the street what impact his divisive rhetoric has had #DemDebate https://twitter.com/billdeblasio/status/1144068770249531392 …,” posted the official Twitter account of the New York City Police Benevolent Association.
“We’re working hard to get guns off the street @BilldeBlasio. You must have been too busy to go to the last Compsat meeting because SHOOTINGS ARE UP 9.7%. ‘Safest Big City’ in the country doesn’t feel that way to many especially in Brooklyn,” added the PBA.
“The hostile and dangerous environment we now face on the street is a direct result of demonization of cops by de Blasio and other elected officials,” concluded the statement.
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) June 27, 2019
The hostile and dangerous environment we now face on the street is a direct result of demonization of cops by de Blasio and other elected officials pic.twitter.com/JDszTVf7Z5
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) June 27, 2019
We're working hard to get guns off the street @BilldeBlasio . You must have been too busy to go to the last Compsat meeting because SHOOTINGS ARE UP 9.7%. "Safest Big City" in the country doesn't feel that way to many especially in Brooklyn. #DemDebate
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) June 27, 2019
Read the full report at The Hill.
DE BLASIO ROCKED: Former NYPD Boss Slams ‘Disgraceful’ De Blasio’s Attitude Towards Police
Former NYPD Chief Louis Anemone slammed Big Apple Mayor Bill de Blasio Monday; calling the presidential hopeful’s attitude towards police “disgraceful” after footage emerged showing cops assaulted with water in recent weeks.
“He’s the chief executive of this city of New York, the largest city in this country. He has not taken the lead for security, for public security, and for supporting the police. He’s been behind, way behind,” Anemone said.
“He does not have their back. I firmly believe firmly that he does not have their back,” he added.
President Trump weighed-in on the controversy last week, writing “We love our Law Enforcement Officers all around this great Country. What took place in NYC with water being tossed on NYPD officers was a total disgrace. It is time for @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio to STAND UP for those who protect our lives and serve us all so well.”
We love our Law Enforcement Officers all around this great Country. What took place in NYC with water being tossed on NYPD officers was a total disgrace. It is time for @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio to STAND UP for those who protect our lives and serve us all so well…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2019
Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani blasted Bill de Blasio last Monday after footage emerged of local teens dousing NYPD officers with buckets of water; saying this “disrespect” for uniformed police never would have happened on his watch.
The DISRESPECT NYPD Officers are faced with today is DISGUSTING.
They are afraid to take action due to fear of public backlash and because NYC Mayor Bill De Blowsio will throw them under the bus! pic.twitter.com/zXIPmbfVwz
— Joey Saladino (@JoeySalads) July 22, 2019
“This disrespect for the uniform in NYC is result of a Democrat-Progressive (Retrogressive)-Socialist Mayor. This is what happens with knee-jerk disrespect for police. It will only get worse until these Left wing idiots are defeated,” posted Giuliani on social media.
This disrespect for the uniform in NYC is result of a Democrat-Progressive (Retrogressive)-Socialist Mayor. This is what happens with knee-jerk disrespect for police. It will only get worse until these Left wing idiots are defeated.
— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) July 23, 2019
“Footage shows separate incidents of people in Harlem using buckets to splash and dump water over uniformed officers, as the cops calmly walk away. De Blasio condemned the acts as ‘Completely unacceptable,’ and said, ‘We won’t tolerate this kind of disrespect.’ Still, former mayor Giuliani believes the 2020 presidential candidate is part of the problem,” reports Fox News.
“Our anti-cop lawmakers have gotten their wish: the NYPD is now frozen. It’s not the fault of these police officers. It’s the end result of the torrent of bad policies and anti-police rhetoric that has been streaming out of City Hall and Albany for years now,” said PBA President Patrick Lynch, adding, “Disorder controls the streets, and our elected leaders refuse to allow us to take them back.”