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NV conservation group supports FERC's transmission planning rule; Memorial Day weekend includes Tornadoes and record-high temperatures; A focus on the Farm Bill for Latino Advocacy Week in D.C; and Southeast Alaska is heating homes with its rainfall.

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Advocates denounce Gov. Hochul’s NYC subway safety plan

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Monday, March 11, 2024   

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul's five-point New York City subway safety plan is being met with backlash from some community advocates.

The plan calls for deploying National Guard troops to keep commuters safe. It comes after Mayor Eric Adams deployed an additional 1,000 police officers into the subways. Crime has heavily fluctuated on the subway since the pandemic but the moves come after a series of violent acts on several lines across boroughs.

Sala Cyril, organizer for the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, called the new plan "atrocious."

"It will increase racial profiling. It'll increase abuse. It'll increase the harassment of New Yorkers, and it won't make us safer," Cyril contended. "It creates a kind of terror in New Yorkers."

New York City police statistics show a 15% drop in crime from last year and from January to February 2024, 74 fewer crimes occurred on subways.

Cyril does not deny crime is a problem in the subway but feels there are more effective ways to create lasting results, including building more affordable housing and providing mental health services for those in need.

As a native New Yorker, Cyril believes Hochul's plan is similar to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani's "broken windows" approach to crime reduction; the strategy of addressing smaller crimes to make a bigger impact. The theory has often been challenged because crime remains in flux.

Cyril is concerned the presence of armed guards and policy alters a place of community for residents.

"People build community on the train. People feel connected to New York on the train," Cyril observed. "The kinds of things that change that are people having mental health issues, but being criminalized instead. People, you know, jumping the turnstile because they're poor and being criminalized."

Other elements of Hochul's plan include a new program bill permitting transit bans for people who've assaulted other passengers, adding new cameras to protect conductor cabs, and increasing the Subway Co-Response Outreach teams in the subway.


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