Cuomo frolicked discussing crime in New York Metropolis throughout his COVID briefing on Friday morning, citing numbers within the context of the upcoming mayoral race.
‘Crime in New York Metropolis is a serious downside,’ Cuomo stated.
He then went on to quote alarming statistics concerning the crime price within the metropolis, mentioning that murders rose 47 % from 2019 to 2020.
New York Metropolis’s crime wave of 2020 resulted in a 47 % enhance in murders
The NYPD reported 468 murders in 2020 after reporting simply 319 murders in 2019, an increase of 46.7 %.
The 468 murders in 2020 had been probably the most within the metropolis 515 murders had been recorded again in 2011.
Cuomo additionally said that greater than 92 % of taking pictures victims over the earlier yr are both black or Hispanic, one other blow to communities reeling from the COVID-19 disaster.
Cuomo appeared to take goal on the NYPD as effectively, saying ’70 % [of shootings] are unsolved.’
Governor Andrew Cuomo mentioned the New York Metropolis crime numbers in a briefing Friday
Cuomo additionally cited crime as a ‘main downside’ earlier than reminding the town of an April 1 deadline to undertake a plan of police reform within the wake of the George Floyd homicide and ensuing unrest
Moreover, Cuomo mentioned risks of the homeless inhabitants, together with an anecdote of a colleague being hit within the head on the subway by a homeless particular person.
Just lately, a number of individuals had been stabbed and two had been killed by a homeless man within the subways, resulting in 644 officers being deployed underground in NYC.
The transit company accountable for the subway, nonetheless, hoped to see 1,500 officers deployed within the subways.
‘It’s as much as them, what they do,’ Cuomo stated, placing the onus on the mayor and New York Metropolis to cut back crime, moderately than the state.
Within the wake of the unrest brought on by George Floyd’s homicide, Cuomo issued steerage calling for police reform throughout the state, with plans wanted to be adopted by April 1 to obtain state funding.
‘We have now to deal with the tensions and lack of belief between our communities and the legislation enforcement that serves them,’ Cuomo stated in June.
‘I perceive it is difficult. I perceive it is tough. However individuals are dying. New Yorkers don’t run from a disaster – this can be a time for management and motion. Native elected officers should work along with the group and their police forces, to develop and implement reforms for a safer, fairer policing customary.’
Cuomo was fast to remind in his briefing that April 1 is simply 41 days away.
One other crime stat from Cuomo was 92 % of taking pictures victims had been Black or Hispanic
Not all the information on the crime entrance in New York Metropolis was dangerous in 2020.
For the seventh straight yr, main felony offenses within the metropolis dropped, though the autumn from 2019 was marginal, with simply 13 much less felony offenses recorded in 2020.
The brand new yr began off auspiciously for crime within the metropolis, as murders spiked by 125 % over the primary ten days of 2021 from a yr in the past.
Since then, nonetheless, the experiences of main crimes similar to murders has begun to taper off within the metropolis.
By way of Valentine’s Day, there have been 38 murders in New York Metropolis, an 11.6 % decline from a yr in the past.
Whereas the homicide price rose by 47 % final yr, there was a drop in felony crimes
Murders in New York spiked 125% within the first 10 days of 2021 in comparison with the identical interval in 2020
Rapes, robberies, felony assaults, burglaries, and instances of grand larceny have additionally declined from this time a yr in the past, all by double digits aside from burglaries (down 9.8 %).
The one felony offense on the rise from a yr in the past to this point is grand larceny auto, which is up 9.9 % from final yr.
Candidates for mayor are nonetheless clarifying their messages on crime, however with the Democratic main simply 4 months away, patterns are rising.
The New York Times experiences that most of the main candidates have been avoiding calls to defund the police, though metropolis comptroller Scott Stringer used the expression earlier than later altering his message to again off of that stance.