Hochul appeared on an episode of Bloomberg’s Balance of Power, wherein she attempted to reassure nervous and fleeing New Yorkers that they are safe, despite all evidence to the contrary, Breitbart reported.
“The horrific crimes that we’re seeing” keep her up at night and are “frightening” people, she said.
Nonetheless, “New York City is still the safest big city in America. Look at Chicago, look at San Francisco, look at Los Angeles, Atlanta and Washington. People leaving New York, I’m not sure where they’re going to go because we are the safest big city in America.”
Uploaded from the Bronx yesterday. pic.twitter.com/N0JjKgXwG7
— Crime in NYC (@CrimeInNYC) October 4, 2022
Hochul later clarified her statement, saying that crime is up across the entire nation, so she should not recieve any blame for the problems specific to her state.
“You have to look at the fact that this has been a nationwide phenomenon,” she said. “Since the pandemic, crime has gone up everywhere, not just one state that happened to have some changes in their bail laws.”
She also noted that she is failing to protect New Yorkers, and is therefore failing at her job, before attempting to put a positive spin on the story.
“We have a responsibility to protect our citizens. Between getting crime under control, working with the local law enforcement, and then building the affordable housing, there will be no stopping the explosive potential for the state of New York in this post-pandemic era.”
— Eleonora Francica (@EleFrancica) October 5, 2022