QUALITY OF LIFE

PUBLIC SAFETY

Last year, shootings were up over 97%, homicides increased by over 40%, and subway pushings doubled. ​Black and Hispanic people have constituted at least 95% of the city’s shooting victims every year for more than a decade. And shootings were up over 97% in 2020 over 2019, representing an enormous toll focused on these communities.

 

Public Safety: 

 

Getting crime under control is essential to: quality of life, job creation, filling empty storefronts, mobility, opportunity, possibility, everything – it is all-encompassing. Nobody should be afraid of walking the streets or riding the subways of New York. No parent should fear that their child will be an arbitrary victim of gun violence or a stray bullet. How do we balance public safety with police reform and the depletion of city funds from prior mismanagement?  Communities should feel protected and police officers should feel appreciated; this will require a rebuilding of trust through deeper collaboration. The three “Ps” of community policing consist of problem solving, partnership, and prevention. Vacant storefronts, empty buildings and deserted streets create voids that crime fills. We will address crime along with a plan to restore vitality to our neighborhoods, reduce the cost of living and widen critical routes to opportunity such as education.

“The essence of the police role in maintaining order is to reinforce the informal control mechanisms of the community itself.” 

  • Replenish NYPD ranks back to Fiscal 2019 levels; there is a clear causal connection between police presence and reduced crime  

  • Designate police personnel equitably according to precinct and community needs and deploy resources for police responses proportionate to service requests

  • Develop solid partnerships between the community and their police officers by coordinating the deployment of police resources with respected local neighborhood leaders

  • Fund police to target unlawful behavior and tailor crime-fighting initiatives to neighborhoods with community collaboration

  • Create proactive, adequately funded and equitably deployed violence-deterrence units that work hand-in-hand with the communities they serve

  • Develop interventional strategies for two biggest problems: firearms and gangs

  • Put Spanish-speaking officers in Spanish-speaking neighborhoods

Quality of Life: 

 

Government needs to get back to the basics: pick up the trash, educate our children, protect its citizens and take care of those who cannot care for themselves. We will clean up and fix our streets and sidewalks that are in disrepair. We will address longstanding issues pertaining to toxins that are poisoning our residents, unhealthy school food and access to practices that improve health outcomes for those in lower income neighborhoods. The City will more broadly take into account the types of daily encounters a New Yorker considers an impediment to a reasonable quality-of-life.

  • Restore all cleaning and sanitation services to required levels
  • Remove all unnecessary sidewalk sheds because they attract homeless encampments, collect garbage, and create cover for criminal activity

  • Enforce noise and other nuisance laws

  • Treat the people of New York as customers of their government​​

  • Impose restoration responsibilities and/or fees for the damage to the streets and sidewalks (negative externalities) from construction projects

  • Reduce exposure to toxins by enforcing laws, requiring abatement and creating accountability for lack of enforcement related to lead and other airborne and water contaminants.

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