Andrew Cuomo says gun violence in NYC getting worse

The Big Apple’s wave of gun violence is getting worse, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday as he railed on the city for not yet adopting a police reform plan like he previously ordered.

“New York City — shootings with victims up 103 percent,” Cuomo pointed out during a Manhattan press briefing.

“It’s negative and it’s bad and people are dying, and the overwhelming majority of those victims are black and brown,” he said. “And everybody has the sense that crime is worse and the city is not as safe at the same time we are trying to get people back” who fled amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The governor added, “It’s getting worse.”

Gun violence in Gotham started dramatically spiking during the end of spring and start of summer as COVID-19-related restrictions loosened in the city.

June was particularly violent with 205 shootings clocked — the most recorded during a June since 1996 — though NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea has claimed that things have cooled down since.

“We have a problem in New York City when it comes to crime — that is a fact, that is a fact,” Cuomo said Thursday, adding, “It’s not gonna’ get better on its own.”

“It’s not a normal environment where you can play your normal police and politician dance,” said the governor. “It’s time to lead.”

He continued, “Every New Yorker can tell you that the crime problem has gotten worse … They know the shooting with victims has gone up and they know there’s tension.”

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Overall, crime is down 1.5 percent for the year, according to NYPD figures through Sunday.

In June, Cuomo issued an executive order requiring each local government in the state to adopt a policing reform plan by April 1, 2021 — following tensions between police and communities after the May 25 cop killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

And he blasted the city for not yet submitting a plan, while noting that 146 New York jurisdictions already have.

“Why isn’t New York City doing it? The mayor can lead it, the city council … could lead it,” he said. “If none of them want to lead it, I will find someone to lead it — just tell me you don’t want to.”

Cuomo called it “wholly unacceptable” that the city still hasn’t submitted a plan to the state — even though the deadline has not yet passed.

The governor threatened that if the city misses the April 2021 deadline, it will miss out on future funding from the state.

According to June data from the Citizens Budget Commission, just 2 percent or $82 million of the NYPD’s budget is state funded.

New York Post


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