Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) took to Twitter to reform New York City, starting with removing Mayor Bill de Blasio from office “immediately.”
“Homicides, shootings & other crimes continue spiking in NYC. Quality of life is taking a beating, cops are being thrown under the bus & the radical left is in charge & destroying the city. DeBlasio must be removed immediately. The city won’t make it through the rest of his term,” he tweeted on Wednesday morning.
The tweet followed another post from Tuesday, as the Representative replied to a video of a number of physical arguments between New Yorkers, with bystanders screaming, “Police!”
“Mayor DeBlasio is destroying our great city from the inside out. New York City will not make it through the remainder of his term. He needs to be immediately removed from office to save the city and protect the people who live there,” Zeldin tweeted.
NYC has experienced a spike in violence during June 2020, according to the New York Police Department (NYPD). Murder increased by 23.1 percent fo the first half of 2020 in comparison to the same period in last year. Shootings have also jumped, with 205 reported incidents in June 2020, a 130.3 percent increase from 89 shootings in June 2019.
The NYPD attributes surges in violence to COVID-19, as some criminals were released early from jail when facilities started becoming a hotspot for the virus.
The department also said that waves of violence, particularly murders and shootings, have been caused by the approved budget cuts after the City Council’s vote just last week. The vote called for a $88 billion budget, including a deep defunding effort for the NYPD.
“The sharp increase in shootings and violence in New York puts innocent people at risk and tears at the fabric of life in our city,” NYPD police commissioner Dermot Shea said in a statement regarding the June 2020 statistics. “The challenges are great for an NYPD facing the strain of deep budget cuts, changes to the criminal justice system that are impacting the courts and the continuing international health pandemic. But through it all, I have seen our hardworking men and women display an unwavering commitment to the kind of fair and effective policing that defines our agency and that New Yorkers expect and deserve.”
NYPD experienced the highest cuts in “uniform and civilian overtime reduction” and relocating some NYPD school agents to the Department of Education.
"From reinvesting funds from the NYPD in youth programming and social services, to building new community centers, this budget prioritizes our communities most in need while keeping New Yorker safe," de Blasio said in a press release. "As we emerge from the epicenter of COVID-19, it's now more important than ever to create a fairer city for all."
DeBlasio hasn’t responded to Zeldin’s remarks on Twitter.
Rachel Bucchino is a reporter at the National Interest. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report and The Hill.