Twin scares are another deadly blow to NYC – a city that already didn’t feel safe for anyone

From time to time in modern New York, shockingly violent days have shown how decay and dysfunction reach critical stages.

Monday was one of those days.

The murder of a young police officer during a routine traffic stop and the death of a commuter pushed in front of a subway train by a stranger reinforce the growing belief that the city is rapidly declining.

The twin scares, as well as daily reports of robberies, assaults and shoplifting, suggest that the erosion of public safety is entering a new, dangerous phase in which criminals have little fear of consequences.

There is no credible counterargument to the feeling that no one and no place is safe.

Select statistics intended to provide defensive arguments to politicians should be ignored.

Mark Twain noted, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

New Yorkers are feeling the crisis

When it comes to public safety, all that matters is whether people feel safe.

And that’s not the case for New Yorkers, according to a poll that found the vast majority of residents think the city is more dangerous than it was six years ago.

The survey, conducted by the Citizens Budget Commission, covered all counties, neighborhoods, income levels, racial and ethnic groups.

The drumbeat of thumbs-down answers should have been a five-alarm fire at City Hall and Albany.

Instead, the results received the cold shoulder, along with anything else that might awaken the ruling class from its stupor.

The lack of a political response, even a grudging one, shows that there is no reason to believe that city and state officials are even considering course correction.

Their indifference adds an additional layer of desperation.

It also gives those thinking about leaving town another reason to start packing.

Why should we wait if we have no hope for major change?

The situation is all the worse because the murder of police officer Jonathan Diller and the death of the commuter are the direct result of bad policies that defy common sense.

Some of the prosecutors who should be working with police to keep the streets and subways safe would rather go after Donald Trump.

Others seek to target the brave men and women of the NYPD with ever-increasing restrictions.

The “cops are bad, criminals are misunderstood” attitude persists because the political class is excluded from public accountability.

A phalanx of major donors and radical activists who want to destroy the legal system protect them from real democracy.

Although extreme ideologues represent a minority of residents, they often prevail because most voters don’t bother to vote.

Voter turnout in mayoral elections has not exceeded 25% for years.

Only 21% of registered voters participated in the 2021 citywide race.

With this in mind, it is no coincidence that the alleged shooter is described by Officer Diller as a “career criminal.”

Suspect Guy Rivera has been in and out of prison for most of his adult life.

Some people become bricklayers, doctors, truck drivers, lawyers or teachers.

Others turn a life of crime into a career.

Previously there was no future.

Now it’s worth it because there are little to no appropriate penalties.

In and outside of prisons

Rivera, who was shot and wounded by Officer Diller’s partner, reportedly spent at least two stints in state prison.

The driver of the car he was in, Lindy Jones, has a criminal record of 14 previous arrests and served 10 years in prison, The Post reports.

But there they were, armed and dangerous.

And now a police officer – a married man with a young son – is being buried.

A similar profile emerges from the apparently deranged man who pushed a passenger in front of a No. 4 train at 125th Street Station.

According to WABC/Channel 7, Carlton McPherson was arrested in October on assault, threats, harassment and other charges in Brooklyn and released without bail.

His pitiful smile as the police led him out of Manhattan’s 25th Ward rubs salt in the wound.

Mayor Adams often says the right things at times like these, and he did so when he cited recidivism and mental illness in connection with the subway murder.

“If you do an analysis and a cross-correlation, you’ll find that it’s the same people over and over again,” he said.

All true and known, so what will he do about it?

More than halfway through his term, Adams appears to be shrinking as problems mount.

His observations of events are rarely followed by coordinated, persistent actions, making him more of a talker than a doer.

He contributed to the chaos by inviting illegal border crossers to come to New York.

About 200,000 have done so, and nearly 65,000 are still living on taxpayers’ dime.

The invasion has overwhelmed the budget and some neighborhoods, but Adams refuses to call on President Biden to close the border.

On the other hand, the mayor launched a debit card program to give migrant families up to $350 a week – in addition to a variety of free gifts.

Adams’ funny money

City Hall’s silly claim that the cards would save money can only be true when compared to the runaway spending that marked Adams’ flood of lucrative emergency contracts with other private providers.

One final point: The Mayor and Governor Hochul are committed to improving traffic safety, or at least the appearance of it.

Less than two weeks after Hochul deployed a total of 1,000 State Police and National Guard officers to subway service, the NYPD announced it was deploying 800 officers to the system to crack down on fare gougers.

All well and good, but I suspect the sudden attention to long-term issues has more to do with preserving the congestion pricing plan than actual public safety.

Resistance to the burdensome tax is increasing and complaints against it are increasing.

And more importantly, if the subways aren’t safe, the idea of ​​getting people to use public transportation by taxing them when they ride goes up in smoke.

The result will be fewer people coming to Manhattan rather than more money being spent on the subways.

The police uproar underscores how desperate the MTA is for the $15 fee, or $1 billion a year.

But get this – it needs the money because it loses up to $750 million a year to tariff drivers.

Nothing could be more New Yorker than taxing the innocent instead of punishing the guilty.

The city and state could have put the system on a better track financially by jointly imposing and enforcing large fines on fare cheats.

Instead, officials who have looked the other way for so long have resigned themselves to using temporary deployments of police and soldiers to scare people into paying the fare.

The emphasis is on temporary, so good luck with that.

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