Mayor de Blasio is an unapolagetic radical Socialist.
Mr. de Blasio became an ardent supporter of the Nicaraguan revolutionaries. He helped raise funds for the Sandinistas in New York and subscribed to the party’s newspaper, Barricada, or Barricade. When he was asked at a meeting in 1990 about his goals for society, he said he was an advocate of “democratic socialism.”
He worked as a political organizer at the Quixote Center in Maryland for his first job out of grad school, soliciting donations to send to Nicaragua.
In September 2017, de Blasio explained how he believes the federal government should decide who is and who is not deserving of owning private property:
What’s been hardest is the way our legal system is structured to favor private property. I think people all over this city, of every background, would like to have the city government be able to determine which building goes where, how high it will be, who gets to live in it, what the rent will be. I think there’s a socialistic impulse, which I hear every day, in every kind of community, that they would like things to be planned in accordance to their needs. And I would, too.
Look, if I had my druthers, the city government would determine every single plot of land, how development would proceed. And there would be very stringent requirements around income levels and rents. That’s a world I’d love to see, and I think what we have, in this city at least, are people who would love to have the New Deal back, on one level. They’d love to have a very, very powerful government, including a federal government, involved in directly addressing their day-to-day reality.
In December 2014, hundreds of NYPD officers turned their backs on Mayor de Blasio during his eulogy for slain NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos. Ramos and his partner Wenjian Liu were murdered in an ambush during Barack Obama and Black Lives Matter’s war on cops.
De Blasio’s remarks were being shown on large TV monitors outside the Christ Tabernacle Church when hundreds of NYPD officers returned the lack of respect de Blasio showed them for the difficult job they do every day. Police union officials accused the mayor of fostering a climate of mistrust that contributed to the killings of Officer Ramos and his partner.
Three years later, the radical, far-left mayor is at it again. With crime numbers and homelessness on the increase in New York City, Mayor de Blasio has announced that he will be taking (stealing) resources designated for the NYPD and giving it to “youth” and “social services” instead.
While de Blasio won’t’ commit to fully de-funding the police in NYC, this is a small step in the direction of satisfying his far-left base, who are calling for the de-funding of law enforcement in large cities across America.
De Blasio claims that his efforts take funds (partially de-fund) from the police won’t affect the safety of citizens or tourists.
Here is his tweet announcing his decision:
This morning we committed to move resources from the NYPD to youth and social services as part of our City’s budget.
Our young people need to be reached, not policed.
We can do this AND keep our city safe.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) June 7, 2020
Lifezette reports – Policies like community policing, broken windows-based actions (enforcing penalties for minor crimes to deter major ones), and, yes, stop and frisk all combined to make New York a city where tourists and residents felt safe.
No longer. Now, even the police are starting to balk at the absurd policies they are expected to enforce and work under.
There were 16,343 major crimes reported in New York City the first two months of 2020, compared to 13,648 over the same period last year. That’s a spike of 2,695. Out of those, the 299 major crimes committed by those released by de Blasio’s bail-reform (which severely limits or does away with bail altogether and just releases those arrested back to the street) comprise 10 percent of the spike and 1.8 percent of all the city’s crime for the year.
Because of the useless aspect of bringing these cases to court, as the accused will likely not show up to the hearing anyway, NYC prosecutors would not prosecute 803 crimes in January and February—11 percent of all non-bail-eligible felony arrests made those months. All of last year, the D.A.’s office declined to prosecute 527 cases—or 6.7 percent of all non-bail-eligible felony arrests. That’s a 4.3% increase overall of 2019 in just the first two months of 2020.