NYC Councilman Blames Voters for 27.6% Rise in Crime: ‘You Get What You Deserve’

Craig Bannister | November 28, 2022 | 10:41am EST
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NYC Councilman Joe Borelli

“Manhattanites are actually the ones causing this damage to themselves,” New York City Councilman Joe Borelli said Monday, commenting on the skyrocketing crime in his city.

In an appearance on Fox & Friends First, Borelli offered an explanation for why New York City crime is up 27.6% and subway felonies are up 40% from last year.

Borelli called the city’s crime problem self-inflicted, because NYC overwhelming elected a soft-on-crime district attorney, Alvin Bragg, who campaigned on a promise to prosecute fewer law-breakers:

“Unfortunately, New Yorkers are learning that you get what you deserve.

“They overwhelming elected this guy, Alvin Bragg, who promised on day one to do exactly what he was doing.

“He’s not lying, he’s not hiding. He’s not shameful of how he wants to treat this office.  And New Yorkers overwhelmingly elected him.”

What’s more, Borelli said, voters elected Democrat Kathy Hochul as governor, even though her opponent, Republican Lee Zeldin, campaigned on a pledge to oust Bragg, in favor of a district attorney willing to enforce the city’s laws and protect its citizens:

“They also, by the way, Manhattanites, overwhelming supported Kathy Hochul. And Lee Zeldin, her opponent, promised on day one to get rid of Alvin Bragg.

“So, unfortunately, we’re in this situation where Manhattanites are actually the ones causing this damage to themselves.”

Even though voters elect New York City’s district attorney, the governor has the authority to remove district attorneys from office.

To do so, the governor can call for an investigation by the Department of Justice, which then subpoenas witnesses, holds a hearing and provides a report of its findings to the governor. The governor then has the final say on whether or not the district attorney is removed.

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