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GOP NYC Mayoral Candidate: Stop and Frisk Is Constitutional

By    |   Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 04:24 PM

The policy of stop and frisk does not violate the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution and it's a great proactive tactic that has helped reduce the crime rate in New York City, New York City Republican Mayoral candidate Joe Lhota tells Newsmax.

"I am a huge supporter of Stop, Question, and Frisk and you know what, it's not just important here in New York City, it's important throughout the United States of America," Lhota said in an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV.

"We have not been violating the Fourth Amendment here in the city of New York. The federal judge came to the table with preconceived notions, her conclusion, her final analysis did not take into account the facts that were presented at the trial, and it will be overturned.

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"As mayor I will continue the appeal that Mike Bloomberg has started and I'm so glad that he went to court yesterday to get a stay to make sure that this monitor that she wants to put in place over the police commissioner does not go into place until the appellate decisions and if necessary, the Supreme Court rules on the city's behalf."

But to do away with this procedure is not an option, the former budget director and deputy mayor under Rudy Guiliani says. "We've had 20 years of reduction in crime in New York City and this has been one of the tools that the New York City police officers have been allowed to use . . . Everything great that's happened in New York City over the last 20 years and a lot of great things have happened but it all began with the reduction in crime."

While the Republican candidate for New York City mayor agrees with Bloomberg on his support for stop and frisk, he doesn't agree with him on everything, especially his policies on soft drinks and trans fats.

"I don't believe it's the role of government to tell us what to do and what not to do. You know New Yorkers in particular, Americans overall, but the New Yorkers in particular don't like to be told that they can do something or they can't do something," the former chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says.

"What government should do is educate the people and in the process of educating the people, let the people make a choice for themselves. That's at the core of the success of this country and we need to have that. There's no reason in the world why the government should tell you what to drink and what not to drink and various other forms of government intrusion."

Lhota says that he has a strong alliance with the libertarian side of the Republican party and believes that he offers an independent streak that New Yorkers will like.

"I'm very, very fiscally conservative, have always been, my record has shown that, but I'm progressive on certain social issues. I'm more Libertarian than the regular part of the Republican Party. I believe in the limited role for government, the government should be out of our bedrooms, and so I have a more progressive approach toward social issues."

Lhota feels very confident going into the primary election that will be held next Tuesday, September 3, against John Catsimatidis.

"I'm very comfortable where I am in the polls. I'll be even more comfortable one week from today which will be the day after the primary where I will be kicking into gear to running for the position of mayor of the city of New York as the Republican nominee, the conservative party nominee, and I've also created a third party line as well, giving an opportunity to those Democrats who just instinctively can't vote for a Republican. I'll give them an opportunity to vote for me on a third and completely independent line," he added.


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