Governor Andrew Cuomo has threatened to cut state funding in New York City if he doesn’t step up efforts to crack down on crime and clean up garbage in the midst of a pandemic, even offering to send the National Guard to help.
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The state’s Democratic governor’s arduous order was announced at a press conference Tuesday, in which Cuomo expressed concern over the rise in gun violence and crime, giving a blow to the city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, without specifically naming him. .
“The crime problem in New York City is real. Denial is not an option,”
The warnings are part of a larger initiative unveiled on Tuesday called the “New York City Stabilization and Recovery Program.”
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Cuomo said the state is closely monitoring pockets of recovering COVID-19 cases in nine neighborhoods, particularly around South Brooklyn and Queens, and said it would close schools – which reopened this week – if necessary.
He hopes the plan will address rising crime rates while easing tensions between communities, particularly with large African-American and Hispanic populations and law enforcement.
“Why is the answer to every emergency call a person with a gun? Why? Why is the only answer to an emergency call an arrest? What if it’s a substance abuse problem? What if it’s a matter of a mental health problem? ” Cuomo said.
However, daytime shootings doubled between May and July compared to the same time last year, according to the NYPD, and general shootings in July increased 177% from last July – a de Blasio trend linked the economic impact of the coronavirus. pandemic and the lack of a federal stimulus package.
“We have a problem in New York when it comes to crime. That’s a fact,” Cuomo said last week, noting that “shootings with victims” in New York City increased 103%. “It won’t improve on its own.”
Cuomo acknowledged the growing anxiety surrounding the peak of crime, but criticized the city for failing to do more to ensure cleanliness and reign even among the homeless.
“I don’t know what’s going on in New York City. If they can’t do it, I’ve offered to send the National Guard to come and pick up the trash,” Cuomo said. “This is a public health pandemic. Cleanliness is important.”
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Audrey Conklin of Fox News contributed to this report.