Skip to comments.Rudy: Without Lhota, NYC Could Mirror Chicago, Detroit
Posted on 10/22/2013 3:27:19 PM PDT by neverdem
The man who once hired New York City mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota as his deputy recently detailed the stakes involved in the race for Gracie Mansion. Rudolph W. Giuliani told local conservatives that We get one chance to get it right, by electing his Republican protégé. And if we get it wrong, Americas mayor added, you know what can happen. Bill de Blasio creates a sense of fear about what can happen to this city, and the fear is real. This city very easily could become another Chicago or Detroit or a combination of Chicago or Detroit.
Giuliani observed that Chicago has some 2.7 million people, compared to New Yorks 8.3 million, yet Chicago has three and a half times the murder rate in New York City. They have had more murders than we have had. Indeed, FBI data indicate that murders climbed in Chicago from 431 in 2011 to 500 last year, a 13.8 percent hike. New Yorks homicides simultaneously slipped from 515 to 419, an 18.6 percent drop. Murders peaked in 1990, three years before Giuliani was elected, when a now-unfathomable 2,245 people were killed in Americas most populous city.
Why is New York City so secure, while Chicago increasingly is notorious for the slayings on its streets?
Giuliani dismissed gun control as the magic bullet. Whether you like it or not, we both have the same restrictive gun laws. Giuliani explained. Thus, the Big Apple and the Windy City are in a draw on this front.
Crime did not go down in New York City because of climate change, Giuliani said. It didnt fall because people became nice. Crime went down because of pro-active and focused policing. Stop-question-and-frisk and Compstat have done that. Crime is down 80 percent, since Giuliani arrived and implemented these measures. (Compstat uses crime statistics to help deploy each precincts police officers to trouble spots where lawlessness prevails. Commanders then are judged on how they manage these law-enforcement resources. They stand up and describe their results at evaluation sessions where peers and supervisors commend, critique, and otherwise hold them accountable.)
These days, we have a pretty demoralized police department, Giuliani lamented. If Im a cop, I know that if I make a mistake, I can be called a racist. The mayor could try to scapegoat me, and I can get sued the latter of which the City Council passed, and de Blasio supports, referring to the Community Policing Act. Giuliani worried that cops will encounter criminals, consider these new hindrances, and then hesitate. Changing stop-and-frisk into wait-and-see can turn life into death.
How can we become another Detroit? Giuliani wondered. He pointed to Motor Citys budget-busting union agreements and decades of municipal graft, largesse, and featherbedding. When it came to government unions, I gave no raises for two years. Someone has to say, No raise! to the unions.
And what did Giuliani squeeze out of his tough, tight fists?
When I was mayor, the Yankees won four championships, Giuliani laughed. This is what pro-active policing and fiscal conservatism do for a city. Giuliani also noted that, when elected, he was New York Citys first Republican mayor in 20 years and the first to stay Republican in 50 years.
An independent organization called New Yorkers for Proven Leadership is backing Lhota with TV ads financed by citizens who, like Giuliani, fret about this metropoliss future. NYPLs strategists believe that voters will overlook Lhotas low poll numbers and gravitate toward him if they understand the sharp contrasts between the GOP nominee and his Democrat rival.
Lhota preaches fiscal restraint while de Blasio is a full-throated tax-and-spend liberal. He very openly wants to pinch prosperous New Yorkers even harder to fund universal, government-run pre-kindergarten and after-school programs. That means less money in the wallets of job creators and more in the pockets of educrats and unionized teachers.
Of course, this assumes that the wealthy will not relocate and, instead, remain and absorb insults about not paying their fair share of taxes. As the Manhattan Institutes E. J. McMahon demonstrated in last summers City Journal, the top 1 percent of New Yorkers who earn at least $493,439 already generate 43.2 percent of city income-tax revenue. Rather than credit them for paying so much of City Halls bills, de Blasio denounces them and demands more.
Lhota wants to increase school-choice options and double the number of local charter schools. De Blasio has the teachers-unions endorsement and, no surprise, says: I wont favor charters. In fact, de Blasio wants to charge some charter schools rent, even though they are government institutions, albeit liberated from the work rules and red tape that ensnare too many traditional schools.
According to Jenny Sedlis of StudentsFirstNY, 50,000 Gotham families are on waiting lists to enter charter schools. While de Blasio says he only would force more affluent charter schools to pay rent, he already has terrified the leaders of more modest charters.
We could not exist if rent were charged, said Stacy Gauthier, principal of Renaissance Charter School in Queens. She told the New York Post: We would be closed down. What has Renaissance done lately? Its graduates currently enjoy a 100 percent college-acceptance rate, compared to 51.6 percent across New York Citys government high schools.
Some 20,000 parents, students, and their supporters demonstrated October 9 on behalf of the citys 183 charter schools. They marched across the Brooklyn Bridge and rallied near City Hall.
Charter schools are public schools, Lhota declared at the protest. Theres no reason for [de Blasio] to charge rent, and theres no reason why we cant use surplus space in schools to co-locate charter schools.
While Lhota wants robust policing and backs the NYPDs stop-question-and-frisk policy, de Blasio disagrees. He tars that crime-fighting tactic as racial profiling and replied, I really appreciate that analysis when actor/MSNBC host Alec Baldwin cracked that stop-and-frisk to me seems lazy.
Giuliani also warned that if de Blasio has done weird things in his life, he could be a weird mayor.
Who goes to Cuba for a honeymoon? Giuliani marveled. Only a socialist. Its not a crime to be a socialist. Its stupid, but its not a crime.
To amplify its pro-Lhota message, New Yorkers for Proven Leadership needs cash and soon. Rudy Giuliani believes it can boost Joe Lhotas prospects: If they have the money, they can turn this around.
Contributions are welcome at:
New Yorkers for Proven Leadership, Inc.
Attn: Ryan Medrano
5 East 22nd Street
New York, NY 10010
I hate to tell em but all cities are going to mirror Detroit in the end.
Rudy had two accomplishments as mayor:
He got rid of the beggars at stop lights and he cleaned up Times Square.
He also screwed up by putting security high up in the WTC against all sound advice. He has since made a career out of saying he was the mayor when NYC was attacked. Congrats, Rudy. You are a real superstar.
stop N frisk is not a conservative thing, its a fascist thing
That's why Obama , and the UN is pushing for AGENDA 21!!
You are not a Noo Yawker or you would know better.
The irony is the crony-capitalist triangle of FED money-printing, Government debt and spending, and Wall Street are NY City’s only financial props now - and the thing that makes a home for NY’s leftists. They seem loathe to admit it.
I’m sorry to say that NY City needs to be taken down a few pegs. It used to be a diverse city - economically, politically, socially - but no longer.
NYC floats on debt and worthless paper
and it will sink
He was everywhere at once and spoke calm and comfort...not only to NYC but the whole country.
He's one of those leaders that God raised up at the right time IMO.
of course, being a fascist thing, it suits the left just fine.
except that it catches too many of Holder's people, and that is strictly verboten in any self-respecting leftist paradise.
I don’t think Chicago has ever had a Mayor as bad as this Psycho ideologue De Blasio. This guy will be on the list of worst big city Mayors ever.
Good post yours. Giuliani is a genuine American hero.
Giuliani certainly has many faults. But on 9/11 he was out in front. Right out in front. He was not in a command bunker somewhere. It's worth repeating. Giuliani is a genuine American hero.
FReepmail me if you want on or off my New York ping list.
Maybe if you lived in Peoria or Boise it'd be fascist - but we're talking NYC here.
I have no problems with the police frisking gang-bangers and dope-dealers.
Has any big city ever “woke up” and “smelled the coffee”? As the late Jack Benny would have deadpanned, “I am thinking. ...” But Jack comes up empty-handed too.
I agree. Laws like this are a result of society not the other way around. Detroit has recently restarted the stop and frisk policy ended by Coleman Young many years ago.
Its kinda funny. This summer in Detroit I was introduced to an old black man walking down the street carrying a bag of groceries with an AR-15 slung across his back. Police came rolling by and slowed way down but they weren’t looking at the old man, they were checking me out because I was in a seriously black neighborhood.
The 20 billion dollar debt of Detroit is just a fraction of the debt held by NY or Chicago.
People say that other cities have taxpayers but the taxpayers will leave when paying down the debt becomes urgent and taxpayers are the ones who will be milked.
randomly frisking the average people walking by is a stupid policy though
I just got back from afternoon of doorbells in DEM precinct for MUNI election here in my DEM city in my DEM state.
People love us this year. The challenge slate.
Do I get a gold star, or do that wait until election night?
If only I spoke Polish, then I could get even more votes for my guys. Yep. Polka-town doorbells for me this month.