On what would normally be considered a media-friendly channel, MSNBC, New York Governor Kathy Hochul has been criticized for the rise in crime in the city.
But Stephanie Ruhle, hose of ‘The 11th Hour,’ interrupted Hochul’s interview to cut to the chase, bluntly telling her: ‘We don’t feel safe.’
‘Here’s the problem. We don’t feel safe,’ Ruhle said. ‘You might be working closely with Mayor Adams, you may have spent a whole lot of money, but I walk into my pharmacy and everything is on lockdown because of shoplifters.
‘I’m not going in the subway. People don’t feel safe in this town. So, you may have done these things. But right now, we’re not feeling good. We’re worried we could be San Francisco?’
Even MSNBC is calling out Democrat Kathy Hochul.— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 5, 2022
"Here's the problem: We don't feel safe…I walk into my pharmacy, and everything is on lockdown because of shoplifters. I'm not going in the subway. People don't feel safe in this town." pic.twitter.com/JUKhxXCk4c
‘We’ll never be San Francisco,’ Hochul fired back. She said the ‘most heinous’ crimes, meaning homicides, and shootings were actually down compared to this time last year.
Ruhle wasn’t happy despite Hochul’s explanation that she was taking action to address rises in crime in other categories.
‘It doesn’t matter what’s happening in other cities or other states. The reason people don’t feel safe in New York is why they’re starting to say, can Kathy Hochul be the right governor, right? It doesn’t really matter what’s happening in Pennsylvania or San Francisco, you need to get New Yorkers’` votes. And safety is a top issue for us.’
Since Hochul took office as state governor in 2021, crime in the Big Apple has increased.
The increase, according to critics, is being caused by repeat criminals who were granted freedom under the state’s lenient 2019 bail reform regulations.
The criminal justice system might make the difference between Hochul winning or losing on Tuesday. She and Long Island Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin are currently tied for first.
‘In Kathy Hochul’s New York, law-abiding New Yorkers are forced to live in fear. Come January, in Lee Zeldin’s New York, criminals will be the ones forced to live in fear,’ Zeldin tweeted. ‘Election Day is 5 days away. It’s time to take our streets back.’
Comparing this year to last, violent crimes have increased by over 30%.
Police have reported 1,384 occurrences of rape in the city so far this year, an increase of over 11% from the same period in 2017.
Robberies are up more than 32% compared to last year, while felony assaults are up by about 14%, with 21,767 cases registered thus far this year.
According to the most recent NYPD data, there have been 102,914 major offenses reported since the year’s inception, compared to 78,892 during the same time period in 2021.
Although the number of shooting victims and murders are reportedly down, the overall rise in violent crime has prompted the city to send out its elite officers to areas with a ‘high volume’ of crime.
The city’s transit system appears to be bearing the brunt in surging crime, with about 1,865 reports so far in 2022, a 41.7 percent spike from last year.
Mayor Eric Adams has repeatedly claimed there is only a ‘perception’ that crime is out of control on the subways – even as he and Gov. Hochul have spent millions of taxpayer dollars to better police and monitor the system.
Adams announced that he would strengthen the transport system with more police and additional security measures in response to pressure to reduce violence in the subways.
According to Adams, the new program will increase security in the system by adding 1,200 more shifts, or 10,000 more hours every day.
The plan came into addition to Adam’s initial Subway Safety Plan, a $97billion undertaking that has since swelled to a $100billion project after being implemented by the then-new mayor in February.
As part of the plan, 1,000 additional police officers were stationed in the subway to put an end to the existing violence. Teams of medical personnel were also sent into the complex network of tunnels beneath the city to combat crime.