Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor, has announced to issue $105 million in funds to build a new NYPD precinct.
Explaining the reasons for the reversal of the former “Defund” decision, Blasio said that increasing crime rates have considerably influenced the recent course of the events and that the funds would be spent establishing the Southeast Queens precinct, marking a total of 116 precincts in the city.
Previously, as a result of massive Black Lives Matter protests against police persecution, and brutality, the mayor had announced to extinguish $1.5 billion from the police budget and halted many new projects, including the establishment of the Southeast Queens precinct. Not to forget that the project’s money was to be relocated into building a community center Roy Wilkins Park in St. Albans.
The defund decision had sparked contentment among the masses, but it could not align the opinion of some Black leaders who questioned the lack of instant accessibility of the reinforcements in the Rosedale and surrounding neighborhoods; thus demanded another precinct.
At the press brief, the mayor also referred to the same notion, perhaps as one of the several reasons to accede “refund” option.
“This is something that for decades the community asked for,” said Bill.
He also laid out a plan to cater to the sprawling shooting incidents, which have almost doubled since the last year.
Given that the decision is against the will of a notable faction, it has many voices raised against it. Left-leaning lawmakers also don’t favor the development and been calling the mayor for even clinging to the dreamy “defund propositions” in the first place.
Addressing the opposition, Blasio regarded COVID, and its consequent economic disasters as one of the many factors fueling the initial act of reducing the police budget, so that money could be utilized on far-important matters in times of crisis.
“The 116th precinct building was something that could not happen in that environment, because of those trade-offs,” said Bill. “It was one or the other, which was the choice in 2020. We leaned into the investments in young people. Now, thankfully, we have the resources to address both these issues.”
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