Governor Andrew Cuomo threatened to cut state funding for New York City if it doesn’t step up efforts to curb crime and clean up trash amid a pandemic, and even offers to call in the National Guard to help.
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The grand order from the democratic governor of the state was announced at a press conference Tuesday at which Cuomo expressed concern over the rise in gun violence and crime and defeated the city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, in one fell swoop, without him specifically to name.
“The crime problem in New York City is real. Denial is not an option,”
The warnings are part of a larger initiative announced Tuesday called the New York City Stabilization and Recovery Program.
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Cuomo said the state is closely monitoring the number of resurgent COVID-19 cases in nine neighborhoods, particularly near South Brooklyn and Queens, and that it will close schools that reopened just this week if necessary.
He hopes the plan will address rising crime rates while easing tensions between communities, especially those with large African American and Hispanic populations, and law enforcement agencies.
“Why is the answer to every 911 call a person with a gun? Why? Why is the only answer to an 911 call an arrest? What if it is a drug problem? What if it is a mental health problem? ” Said Cuomo.
According to the New York Police Department, daylight shootings doubled in May and July compared to the same period last year, and general shootings in July rose 177% compared to last July – a de Blasio trend linked to the economic impact of the coronavirus Pandemic and the lack of a federal stimulus package.
“We have a problem in New York City when it comes to crime. That’s a fact,” Cuomo said last week, noting that the “shootings with victims” in New York rose 103%. “It won’t get better on its own.”
Cuomo conceded that fears of the rise in crime were growing, but the city slammed for stopping it from doing more to maintain cleanliness and rule when there was homelessness.
“I don’t know what’s going on in New York. If they can’t, I’ve offered to send the National Guard to pick up the trash,” said Cuomo. “This is a public health pandemic. Cleanliness is important.”
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Fox News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.