The New York Times has released an article on a recent poll they conducted which indicates that roughly half of New York City residents are barely able to make ends meet. In The Bronx, that number is at 36%. The Bronx also leads New York City with the percentage of residents (25% of respondents) who do not feel confident that local government elected officials are not addressing the multitude of problems facing our borough.
Tea Party Republic Senator Ted Cruz from Texas, in an attempt to mock Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, bashed The Bronx as a dangerous place when he said, according to Business Insider, “Now, I understand that Manhattan is very concerned with their security with the Bronx, but it’s a little bit different on 2,000 miles of the Rio Grande.” Senator Cruz said these remarks during a meeting of the conservative Americans For Prosperity’s Defending The American Dream Summit in Dallas, Texas. Guess he doesn’t know his own state and that The Bronx is safer than its 3 largest cities.
As tightly as I close my eyes and clench my fists, as hard as I wish for it, I can’t seem to materialize a gun.
The way Michael Bloomberg spoke about it, the way the NYT, the WSJ, the NYDN, and the Gothamist write about it, the way Ray Kelly handled it and the way his successor briefs us on it, I was under the impression that any Black or Latino male having reached puberty but under the age of 25 could immediately wish a gun into their hands. Yet as hard as I try, that doesn’t seem to be happening.
Stop and Frisk has declined during the past years and with that came a drop in complaints against the NYPD.
THE 40th Precinct in the Bronx which covers Melrose, Mott Haven, and Port Morris and had the largest complaints citywide still saw a drop of over 6%.
Let’s not forget that murders dropped by 20% in NYC in 2013 despite a decrease of the controversial program which advocates of stop and frisk said would lead to chaos and an increase in homicides.
According to data obtained by the Daily News, murders have dropped a whopping 21% from January 1st to March 9th of this year when compared to the same period last year. Shootings also dropped 14% along with overall crime by 2% during this same time period INCLUDING an historic 10 day murder-free span in February — the longest period ever on record.