The MTA’s Big Apple transit boss chief accused City Hall on Monday of making an attempt to cover the quantity of NYPD cops really within the subways — and known as Mayor Bill de Blasio clueless for pondering extra officers aren’t wanted.
“We don’t have a solid number. We don’t have deployment information, a solid number, because that information isn’t shared with us by City Hall,” Interim NYC transit president Sarah Feinberg stated at a press briefing with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“I think it’s important to just do the math on how many uniformed officers we have in the system on any given day. It would be really useful to be shared with us so we can make our own decisions better.”
There had been about 4,300 NYPD transit cops within the mid-Nineteen Nineties, however that quantity has fallen to about 2,000, give or take a pair hundred extra as crises erupt, stated the interim president of the MTA, a public company led by Cuomo appointees.
De Blasio has insisted the subways are secure amid a warfare of phrases over the difficulty between Cuomo and his transit officers and the mayor and his police brass — even as the number of felony assaults on transit soar.
“The mayor has said he doesn’t think additional policing is necessary, and the vast majority of our customers and certainly our leadership … are saying they absolutely want a more significant police presence,” Feinberg stated.
“I think if you ride the system on a regular basis, if you’re in the system, day and night, like so many of us are, it’s not really up for debate,” she stated.
“I think there’s just a fundamental, you know, issue where the mayor is not necessarily in touch with our ridership — I just don’t think he has his finger on the pulse of our ridership right now, and I think that I do.”
A mayoral spokesman fired again that the Feinberg and her company have merely gone off the rails.
“This is coming from someone who was so confused last week that they told the public that police had been withdrawn from the subways, when the exact opposite was true,’” stated rep Bill Neiderhart — referring to Feinberg suggesting almost 650 cops who flooded the transit system in February after a deadly slashing rampage had been being yanked.
The NYPD final week denied that the additional cops had been being pulled.
“The mayor increased police presence in the subways, with numbers that are publicly available, and the MTA lied about it last week,” the spokesman stated.
“The MTA is so out of their component, it’s loopy. The mayor was on the subway on Friday and spoke to riders alongside they manner. To them, the subway is an integral half of their lives, not some stepping stone to [Washington] DC.
“My message to the MTA: Get your facts right, stop lying about crime levels in the subways, get your story straight on police presence and stop rooting against New York City’s recovery,” Neiderhart stated.
But Cuomo additionally heaped on the criticism on the de Blasio administration over subway policing, claiming, “There is a philosophical distinction.
“I see crime in the subways as a major problem,” the governor stated. “I believe the solution to crime in the subways is more police in the subways.”
“I don’t believe ‘defund the police’ is a realistic option,” he added.
The de Blasio administration cut $1 billion from the NYPD’s price range final summer season amid nationwide outcry over policing after the stunning videotaped loss of life of black dad George Floyd by the hands of a white Minneapolis cop.
Cuomo on Monday criticized town’s general “police reform plan” as insufficient, too. All native police departments needed to submit a reform plan to the state by April 1 in an effort to obtain funding from New York, as half of a post-Floyd motion.
“Now was the New York City plan as sweeping as I believe it could have been? No. I believe it was good first step,” Cuomo stated.
“I might say, ‘You’re oversimplifying the dialog. ‘More police, less police, defund the police, or more police’ — that’s not what it’s.
“It’s different policing strategy. Not every situation requires someone to show up with a gun, and handcuffs.”
Additional reporting by David Meyer