The $1 billion funding cut in the New York Police Department budget is a strong sign that politicians no longer want to stand up for law enforcement, which may ruin the city's future former New York Governor George Pataki told Newsmax TV.
"I do fear for the future of New York City, and I've never felt that way before, even during the tough times in the 80s and the early 90s," Pataki told Wednesday's "Spicer & Co."
"Nobody stands up for the police. The mayor doesn't stand up to the police. The governor doesn't stand up to the police. We need leaders to say that our police force, four months ago respected by everyone, hasn't changed."
Pataki continued, "They're still great people. They still risk their lives, put their lives on the line to defend us, but nobody stands up and says it."
He said New York City has been let down by politicians who've pulled funding from hard-working police officers.
"You talk about how they just gut a billion dollars from the police budget in the upcoming year. It wasn't just the mayor. It passed the city council overwhelmingly, and a lot of the no-votes were crazy people who wanted to cut more than a billion dollars. So, we just need to completely change the criminal justice system, the attitude towards the police in the city of New York and in the state of New York."
Over the last two decades crime in the city has steadily fallen, culminating with its numbers in 2019, when the overall crime index hit a record low. But the former New York governor worried that due to budget cuts in law enforcement, the city may be revisiting a time when its crime stats were much grimmer.
"It's been hit by a triple whammy. First, there was the COVID virus that hit New York harder and first, before anywhere else. Then, you had the riots. Protests are one thing. Riots are another ... when you drive down Fifth Avenue and see magnificent buildings and stores, iconic places bordered up, and it looked like the midst of a war zone," Pataki said.
Pataki added, "The politicians have bowed down to the rule of the mob. It is a disaster, it will end, there will be new leadership and hopefully, they'll get their act together and make the city and the state's future bright again."
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