Parts of New York City may be safe again. All because Mayor Bill de Blasio was forced to backtrack on a commitment he made to terrorists.
Oh, the optics. One of America’s most Leftist mayors admits crime runs rampant. And he’s reneged on a deal to build yet another drug-dealing location, conveniently called a “community center”.
According to Politico,
The city will spend $105 million to build a new NYPD precinct in Southeast Queens, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday — reversing a decision to eliminate the project last year when he was under pressure to cut the police budget.
De Blasio said stimulus funding from the federal government will allow the city to move forward with the plan to create the 116th precinct.
$105 million. Wow. Let’s hope Black Lives Matter doesn’t burn this one down.
Based on the narrative, de Blasio was all talk anyway.
The article continued,
As protesters took to the streets last year after the death of George Floyd — many pushing to defund the police — de Blasio promised in June to cut $1 billion from the NYPD operating budget and another $500 million from its capital budget. Very few of the proposed cuts have actually materialized.
One major rollback was the planned new precinct. To curry favor with fellow Lefties, de Blasio promised to build a community center in Roy Wilkins Park, in St. Albans, instead of the police precinct.
So as Rome burned, de Blasio fed BS to the natives, to quiet them down. Now he’s backtracking.
Black communities want a police presence.
Understand that Black folks asked for this precinct. Despite all the media fake news narratives surrounding blacks hating cops.
When de Blasio put politics over Black people, the decision generated a backlash in the mostly Black neighborhood. Local leaders pushed for years for a police precinct to serve Rosedale and surrounding neighborhoods. The residents said it took too long for emergency response because they relied on a far-off precinct.
De Blasio ate crow with a topping of sh*t.
So, NYC will now fund both the new precinct and the promised community center, according to Blasio.
“This is something that for decades the community asked for,” he said at a press briefing.
De Blasio claims that he was under pressure during the pandemic year and ran into budget issues. So he opted out of protecting the mostly Black neighborhood. But the fact is, Leftism lost. And Black people put enough pressure to burst the pipe.
De Blasio commented.
“The 116th precinct building was something that could not happen in that environment, because of those trade-offs,” he said. “It was one or the other, which was the choice in 2020. We leaned into the investments in young people. Now, thankfully, we have the resources to address both these issues.”
But he didn’t stop there, as crime has gotten out of hand across The Big Apple. Other elements of the NYPD budget cuts pledged by de Blasio and the City Council have also been scuttled. They announced that school safety agents would be moved out of the NYPD, but budget documents showed they actually remain within the police department. The same was true for school crossing guards.
A NYPD overtime cap imposed as part of the budget cut deal is expected to be missed by hundreds of millions of dollars.
Defund police or protect the communities?
But the precinct plan illustrated a clash between left-leaning lawmakers, who wanted to slash the police budget, and representatives from Black and Latino neighborhoods who were skeptical of the push. Those that said they supported police reform, but needed cops on their streets to prevent violent crime. Of course, police are needed.
Queens pols hailed the decision to restore funding for the new precinct.
“I am absolutely ecstatic,” said Rep. Greg Meeks. The officials said they had been pressing de Blasio to restart the project since it was nixed.
It’s about time the mayor does something positive for the city he has helped to destroy.