Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday declared a state of “catastrophe emergency” over gun violence throughout New York — and introduced $138 million in new spending to attempt to cease the surge in shootings.
“Gun violence and crime needs to be the highest precedence for each mayor on this state as a result of each metropolis has been affected by it,” he stated.
“It’s a matter of saving lives — and New York’s future will depend on it.”
Talking on the John Jay School of Legal Justice in Manhattan, Cuomo stated that “individuals are not coming again to this metropolis — they don’t seem to be coming again to any metropolis — till they comprehend it’s protected.”
Cuomo made no point out of hiring extra cops, though he stated he wished to “rebuild the police-community relationship.”
In a speech that at instances seemed like a marketing campaign pitch, the embattled, three-term Democrat unveiled a seven-point plan that features treating gun violence like an “emergency public well being concern” and utilizing “information and science” to zero in on capturing “hotspots.”
Cuomo — who’s going through a number of probes tied to intercourse harassment allegations and the cover-up of nursing dwelling deaths from COVID-19 — additionally stated he would offer “optimistic engagement for at-risk youth,” together with by creating summer season jobs and funding arts and different social applications.
“We additionally need to kind a council on gun-violence prevention, that will get your minds on the desk to develop a technique and the legal guidelines that we have to make a distinction,” he stated throughout an look
“All the things is on the desk. All of us need the identical factor, and that’s what we’re going to do.”
At one level, Cuomo additionally went on a weird riff clearly geared toward former President Donald Trump, throughout which he jokingly outlined his “imaginative and prescient” of constructing a “magic” wall to cease traffickers from smuggling weapons into New York from southern states with less-restrictive gun legal guidelines.
“We construct a tall, huge — a fantastic wall. And we now have the wall go for miles. And we now have just a little gold leaf up on the high of the wall, little gold shiny leaf. After which we put an enormous identify throughout the wall, and the identify, the identify has 5 letters,” he stated, grinning broadly.
“You recognize the identify? I can see it. Are you able to see it? C-U-O-M-O. “
Tuesday’s declaration got here 16 months after Cuomo introduced a catastrophe emergency over the coronavirus pandemic that he lifted two weeks in the past.
However he invoked that motion by saying, “We’re in a brand new epidemic. It’s gun violence.”
“And you realize what? It’s a matter of life and loss of life, additionally.”
State Senate Minority Chief Rob Ortt (R-Lockport) blasted Cuomo for “declaring one other emergency” simply “days after lastly relinquishing his emergency powers.”
“The disaster in cities throughout our state at present immediately correlates with the passage of the disastrous bail and different felony justice ‘reforms,’ an out-of-control Parole Board that has launched numerous murderers and different harmful criminals, and calls by Democrats to defund our police,” he stated.
“These heinous acts of violence and the victims affected deserve actual options — not political grandstanding.”
A spokesman for Mayor Invoice de Blasio additionally sarcastically known as it “encouraging to see at present’s plan displays what’s in Secure Summer time NYC, the great plan to battle again gun violence in New York Metropolis.”
“Sadly, the Governor didn’t point out state payments that assist state parolees, who’re disproportionately concerned in New York Metropolis shootings,” spokesman Invoice Neidhardt added.
“The Governor can and will take fast motion to handle that particular concern.”