Not that anybody really expects New York’s governor to admit that his sweeping gun control laws known as the SAFE Act have failed to make New Yorkers any safer, but Andrew Cuomo has once again avoided taking any responsibility for the sharp rise in violent crime in New York City. Instead, Cuomo is blaming the increase in shootings in the city on local politicians who haven’t embraced his police reform efforts. From the New York Post:
In June, Cuomo issued an executive order requiring each local government in the state to adopt a policing reform plan by April 1, 2021 — following tensions between police and communities after the May 25 killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.
And he blasted the city for not yet submitting a plan, while noting that 146 New York jurisdictions already have.
“Why isn’t New York City doing it? The mayor can lead it, the city council … could lead it,” he said. “If none of them want to lead it, I will find someone to lead it — just tell me you don’t want to.”
Cuomo called it “wholly unacceptable” that the city still hasn’t submitted a plan to the state — even though the deadline has not yet passed.
During a Thursday press conference, Cuomo spent most of his time talking about the increase in shootings in the Big Apple, while ignoring the fact that shootings and homicides have increased dramatically all across the state. Cuomo pointed out, for instance, that shootings are up 103% in NYC, but failed to mention that shootings are up by 114% in Rochester, New York. In Syracuse, there’ve been 27 homicides so far this year, compared to 16 in all of 2019. Buffalo has also already surpassed the number of shootings in all of 2019, while in the state capitol of Albany there’ve been 15 homicides so far this year, matching last year’s record-high total.