Crime in New York City has skyrocketed this year.
According to the latest CompStat figures, as of Nov. 15, 2020, murder is up 37.3% compared to the first 11 months of 2019. In just one year, burglaries are up 41.7% and grand larceny with a vehicle is up by 66.2%.
Will COVID-19 end within a year?
If so, the city’s residents will need to elect someone like Rudy Giuliani to save the city again. The Democrats, and their allies in the media, can criticize "America’s Mayor," but they cannot erase his record of public service.
Things were so bad in the 1970s that over 800,000 people left the city. This was just over 10% of the city’s population at the time.
As United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (1983-1989), Giuliani indicted 11 of the top leaders within the Italian mafia, including the heads of all five of the New York families.
Two of them died before the trial was completed.
In December of 1985, Aniello Delacrose, the underboss of the Gambino family, died of cancer. In the same month, the boss of the Gambino family, Paul Castellano, was murdered under the orders of one of his capos: John Gotti.
Gotti would succeed him as the boss of the Gambino family.
In November of 1986, the remaining nine mobsters would go to jail.
Rudy Giuliani understood that he was risking his life.
According to the FBI, the bosses of the five families had a vote about whether to kill Giuliani. John Gotti of the Gambino family and Carmine "Junior" Persico of the Colombo family were in favor while the other three bosses rejected the idea.
There are politicians today who can’t even stand up to the mob on Twitter. Can you name any political leaders today who would risk their lives against the actual mob?
When Giuliani was elected mayor of New York City in 1993, there were 1,927 murders that year. In Giuliani’s last full year in office in 2001, there were 649 murders.
Because Mayor Michael Bloomberg continued Mayor Giuliani’s crime policies, that number was reduced further to 335 murders in 2013.
From 2014 to 2019, the number of annual murders during Mayor De Blassio’s tenure ranged from as high 352 in 2015 to as low to 292 in 2017.
For the first 11 months of 2020, there have been 405 murders in NYC.
Mayor Giuliani was able to reduce all seven major felony offenses in New York City on his watch.
In 1993, there were 3,225 reported rapes in NYC. By 2001, that number dropped to 1,930.
Rapes continued to drop during the Bloomberg years to a nadir of 1,205 incidents in 2009.
During the De Blasio years, rapes have been trending upward to 1,755 in 2019.
In the Giuliani years, robberies dropped by approximately two-thirds from 85,892 in 1993 to 27,873 in 2001. The number of felony assaults were nearly cut in half from 41,121 assaults in 1993 to 23,020 assaults in 2001.
From 1993 to 2001, burglary dropped from 100,936 to 32,694.
Grand Larceny dropped from 85,737 in 1993 to 46,291 in 2001.
Grand theft auto dropped from 111,622 in 1993 to 29,607 in 2001.
During 9/11, Giuliani was widely praised for his performance. He was Time magazine’s Person of the Year in 2001.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II bestowed upon him an honorary knighthood in 2002.
Both New York City and New York State need to find another Mayor Rudy Giuliani to reduce crime and reverse its economic stagnation.
Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of people were leaving New York.
From 2010 to 2019, the population of New York State increased by only 75,459 people out of a total population of 19.45 million residents. In March and April 2020, 420,000 New Yorkers left the city because of COVID.
Nobody knows how many of them will come back — ever.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, New Yorkers should be grateful that we had Rudy Giuliani to reduce crime and decay in Gotham.
Robert Zapesochny is a researcher and writer whose work focuses on foreign affairs, national security and presidential history. His work has appeared in a range of publications, including The American Spectator, the Washington Times, and The American Conservative. For several years Robert worked closely with Peter Hannaford, a senior aide to Ronald Reagan, as the primary researcher on four books and numerous columns. Robert has also worked on multiple presidential, national and statewide campaigns, including as a field office staffer for the Bush-Cheney campaign. Due to his own Russian-Jewish heritage, Robert has a keen interest in the history of U.S.-Soviet relations. In 2017 he was the co-organizer of an effort that erected commemorative statue of Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in Moscow. Robert graduated with a major in Political Science from the University at Buffalo, and received his Master's in Public Administration, with a focus in healthcare, from the State University of New York College at Brockport. When he's not writing, Robert works for a medical research company in Rochester, New York. Read Robert Zapesochny's Reports — More Here.
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