This Week’s Ask The Mayor With Brian Lehrer: From Vision Zero To NYPD Oath Keepers

This Week’s Ask The Mayor With Brian Lehrer: From Vision Zero To NYPD Oath Keepers

Each Friday, Mayor Invoice de Blasio calls in to the Brian Lehrer Present on WNYC for an Ask the Mayor section, a dialog that each one New Yorkers are invited to affix by calling 646-435-7280, or tweeting a query with the #AsktheMayor hashtag. The present airs 10 a.m. to midday on WNYC 93.9 FM, AM 820 and wnyc.org.

Beneath is a transcript, in addition to the audio, of this week’s section, the place de Blasio fields many questions from Brian and New Yorkers relating to vaccine mandates, Rikers, congestion pricing, Vision Zero and the Oath Keepers investigation.

Brian Lehrer: It’s the Brian Lehrer present on WNYC. Good morning, once more, everybody. Time now for a weekly Ask the Mayor name in my questions in yours for Mayor Invoice de Blasio at 646-435-7280, or you’ll be able to tweet a query, simply use the hashtag, #AskTheMayor. Good morning, Mr. Mayor. Welcome again to WNYC.  

Mayor Invoice de Blasio: Good morning, Brian, and I’ve updated info on one thing I do know you are going to ask me about, so I am simply going to leap in and let you know. As of our newest info from yesterday, 90 % of all Division Schooling workers now have met the vaccination mandate. That quantity’s going to actually develop loads as we get further studies in. 93 % of lecturers already, 98 % of principals, and these are very sturdy numbers. We have already got what we have to run the college system nicely and serve our youngsters in a protected manner, however I do know these numbers are going to go up within the subsequent 24 hours, for certain.  

Lehrer: So, you understand, I will ask you, 93 % of lecturers interprets into what number of 1000’s unvaccinated, who would not be capable of report back to work on Monday?  

Mayor: Nicely, the issue – I will reply your query, however with a very sincere qualifier, that may be incorrect to say a quantity after we know, actually, lots of people are going to get vaccinated at the moment. For instance it is a number of thousand in the long run who do not get vaccinated within the first occasion, if they don’t seem to be vaccinated by 5 o’clock at the moment, we’ll transfer substitutes into place – who’re vaccinated clearly – and are prepared and prepared, and actually excited to tackle these roles and individuals who need to turn out to be lecturers in our faculty system completely. So, that will likely be in place for Monday morning. I believe what you are going to see is numerous vaccinations at the moment, after which I believe you will see some individuals who go into that unpaid depart standing and skilled that for some time, and don’t love what they’re experiencing, and are available again and get vaccinated. I believe these are going to be the 2 large thrusts right here.  

Lehrer: After which there’s the requirement that kicked in for well being care staff in lots of settings this week, and I do know the response has additionally been a reasonably good price, however we do have this report from the Downstate Medical Heart in Brooklyn now that there are some surgical procedures and different procedures which can be being delayed as a result of they’re short-staffed. Wish to touch upon that?  

Mayor: Nicely, certain. I believe we should always separate our public well being care system from personal, voluntary hospitals and Downstate is just not a part of the town system, clearly. The metropolis hospitals, Well being + Hospitals, 11 hospitals, 70 clinics, we’re doing actually, rather well. Final determine I noticed 92 % of all employees vaccinated. I believe that quantity has gone up since I final noticed it. Completely all of our hospitals and clinics are working nicely. We anticipated within the different aspect of the equation, the non-city hospitals to have some challenges, however we additionally suppose that that may change even over the following few days, as a result of once more, mandates are right here for a cause. We tried the voluntary strategy for a lot of, many months, incentives, every part. Mandates get folks to maneuver in and sincere manner. In the event you bought to do one thing, if there is a deadline, folks transfer. So, I believe you are going to see extra folks in these personal hospitals getting vaccinated actual fast. I additionally suppose some folks, once more, they stand again for some days and so they’re not getting a paycheck, and your entire well being care system, everybody’s underneath a vaccine mandate. So, it isn’t like you’ll be able to go someplace else and be unvaccinated. I believe folks going to suppose higher of it, come again, get their paycheck, get their vaccination, get their job again.  

Lehrer: Tyrus in Harlem has a query for you about your breaking information, in regards to the faculty system and vaccines. Tyrus you are on WNYC with the Mayor. Good day.  

Query: Hello, good morning, Mr. Mayor. I’ve two questions. The first query is when you’ve been notified that you can be terminated or have been terminated for failure to take the COVID-19 shot, will you – after you are taking the shot will the termination be rescinded?   

Mayor: So, Tyrus, an important query. I am going to speak in regards to the faculties. We had an entire labor negotiation course of, and an arbitrator got here in and the rule is that this, that if somebody by 5 o’clock at the moment, any of our faculty workers of any sort is just not vaccinated, no less than one shot, we are going to transfer to place them on depart with out pay beginning Monday. Once more, we’ll fill their function instantly with a vaccinated particular person. They are going to be in that depart with out pay standing going ahead, and in some unspecified time in the future, after all, if it is by no means resolved that does result in termination, however it would not occur instantly. What occurs is folks do not get a paycheck, and if at any level they need to appropriate that, get vaccinated then can come again in, we’d welcome that. However we’re not assuming that, if they do not get vaccinated by 5 o’clock at the moment, in any case these reminders and warnings and incentives and every part else, we’re assuming they don’t seem to be coming again and we’re placing them on a pay with out – I imply depart with out pay standing ranging from Monday morning.  

Lehrer: And you might be nonetheless forecasting that you should have zero uncovered courses on Monday as a result of you could have sufficient substitute lecturers to cowl those that aren’t but vaccinated?  

Mayor: Yeah, we’ve many extra vaccinated prepared, prepared, in a position substitutes. Then the variety of folks that we anticipate to be out. And by the way in which, that is throughout completely different classes, lecturers, paraprofessionals, people who do basic training, particular training. Now we have numerous people in reserve. Now we have a couple of thousand licensed lecturers within the Division of Schooling administrative work that may be introduced over into faculties for a time period if wanted. This has been one thing we have been planning for a very long time, however we had an actual instance final 12 months the place we needed to transfer 1000’s of substitutes into place. And once more, numerous these are our younger people popping out of colleges of training, who by no means thought they may get into the New York Metropolis public faculties as a profession within the brief time period and would love to do this. And they are going to convey their power and we will give them a very superb alternative now to get into the instructing career long-term. And that is what we wish, we wish people who find themselves prepared, prepared, and in a position and going to be vaccinated. We’re assured about these numbers.  

Lehrer: I believe Lauren in Manhattan has a distinct sort of training query for you, Mr. Mayor. Lauren you are on WNYC, whats up?  

Query: Good day, Brian. I completely love you. Thanks, Mr., Mayor for taking my name. My son has particular wants and since there is not applicable placement for him at a public faculty, he attends a personal faculty for studying disabilities. And we obtain reimbursement for tuition from the town, and the issue is that this reimbursement is taking years – plural – and we simply cannot, we would not have the cash to pay this tuition with out being reimbursed. And we undergo the method yearly to settle with the town, and I do know that the system has harm, COVID has harm every part, however my household is hurting too. And plenty of households are on this place, and I simply needed you to talk to that please.  

Mayor: Yeah. Lauren, thanks. As a result of this should not occur this fashion. I am on a, simply from that numb, I am sorry you are going via it. And I do not need to see it occur to you or some other household. This has been one thing that we fought on eight years straight to repair this drawback, we all know we’ve made some progress, however actually, we have to make extra. Will you please give your info to WNYC? I’ll have somebody name – a senior particular person name you at the moment and work to get this rectified instantly. The backside line is look we in the future, I hope, Lauren, that we will serve increasingly more of our youngsters in public faculties who’ve particular wants. That is true, for instance, youngsters on the autism spectrum, we will do increasingly more good work for them. We have got specialised packages, however we additionally know there are some youngsters would actually profound challenges, it is onerous to accommodate them correctly in public faculty. We have to flip to those personal faculties. As soon as a call is made, that that’s the proper path, a mother or father shouldn’t be put in a scenario the place they’re ready eternally for reimbursement, few can afford that. It is simply unfair. This is one thing we nonetheless must do higher on. So, please give us your info. Let me see if we will get this rapidly mounted for you and get you the show you how to want.  

Lehrer: Lauren, grasp on. We’ll take your contact info off the air. Let me flip Mr. Mayor to the continuing disaster at Rikers Island. As I’d think about, you understand, for the primary time, because the begin of the pandemic, a complete jail on Rikers is now underneath COVID-19 quarantine. And what I perceive this implies is that each one 900 detainees on the Otis Bantum Correctional Heart, a part of Rikers, are thought-about uncovered to COVID-19. Because of this, they can not see guests, and in lots of instances are unable to attend courtroom dates. I need to play you a clip from Alford on Rikers Island, who talked to our Gothamist reporter Jake Offenhartz this week. Alfred designed in on a parole violation and says he simply wants to seem earlier than a decide to be entered right into a drug therapy program to get launched, however they will not convey them earlier than the decide due to the quarantine. Pay attention.   

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Query: All they bought to do is produce me in courtroom, however they don’t seem to be taking me over there. I really feel like I am being held right here hostage. Like [inaudible], I had by no means been obsessed with going to courtroom in my life. [Inaudible] the identical factor, you’re in lock down, you’re in quarantine. They maintain saying the home that I am in is asymptomatic and there is no one going forwards and backwards to courtroom. First, they informed me it was simply my home. Now they’re saying that if the entire OBCC. I felt like I am being [inaudible] I bought payments, my hire, the girl that I paid the hire to, she’s able to evict me.

Lehrer: So, that is Alfred in on a parole violation at Rikers. Mr. Mayor, to his case, and to the bigger scenario, a spokesperson for the Correctional Well being Companies blames the widespread publicity straight on mismanagement by the Division of Correction. What would you say about this case? 

Mayor: Nicely, I have never seen what that spokesperson mentioned. What I can let you know is that we had a very large drawback with Correction officers not displaying as much as work. That created a dynamic the place we could not transfer folks round the way in which we wanted to and supply the help to the well being care staff. Now, that scenario is being basically modified. One, we have made very clear to the union, which has been sadly, a really dangerous actor and to all workers, when you do not present up for work, you are going to be suspended instantly. That has prompted numerous workers to now present up. And that is permitting us to do the work, to help the well being care people, to get folks to courtroom appearances, et cetera. So, there’s an underlying drawback right here that led to this actuality, however it’s not a long-term actuality. That is the underside line, we’ve to repair this. Now we have to repair it rapidly. Quarantine is a restricted timeframe as you understand. We at the moment are getting again much more officers. We’re bringing in further assist from exterior from different businesses. We’re getting numerous these parole violators, and also you mentioned, Alfred is one in every of them. We labored with the State. We labored first with the Legislature to move the Much less Is Extra invoice, than with the Governor to get it signed. Now, a whole bunch and a whole bunch of parole violators have both have been, in the event that they’re technical parole violators, they do not produce other warrants, they have been launched. Others have been despatched to State jail, to not Rikers. We’re lowering the inhabitants tremendously. The COVID ranges in Rikers are being addressed. Watching it actually every day, it’s one thing that is being — numerous consideration is being placed on it to guarantee that facility is saved protected. And what is going on to occur over the following few weeks is the inhabitants goes to go down tremendously. And the variety of officers are going to return that we want. And you then’re not going to have a quarantine scenario anymore. That needs to be ending fairly quickly. 

Lehrer: Nicely, I’ve requested you earlier than about utilizing your 6A powers, however does this lockdown change the context sufficient so that you can give a distinct reply? For individuals who do not know these are sure powers that you’ve as mayor to, and you’ll affirm if I’m characterizing this precisely proper, launch some folks from Rikers on a preventive well being foundation? You probably did that with some folks at first of the pandemic. Given what is going on on there, would it not be applicable now so that you can begin utilizing that once more for folks like Alfred, if his story is as he represents it? 

Mayor: It actually relies upon. To start with, Alfred’s in on a parole violation. That is a State challenge, not a Metropolis challenge. So, he is not in that class you talked about. Nevertheless it actually relies upon, if he’s in on a technical parole violation with out some other excellent warrant, he’s prone to merely be launched quickly. But when he’s in for different excellent issues or an even bigger parole violation, not a technical one, however a extra profound one, he could also be in a distinct scenario. The 6A, we have began releases, however I’ve informed – you understand, I have been requested this many instances. I have been very clear, it is a very restricted quantity, most likely be within the dozens, who will be launched by legislation and would not have different excellent warrants, didn’t, weren’t concerned in a violent or sexual crime for instance. I am not releasing people who did a violent crime or a sexual offense or have a historical past round that. 

That is not the sort of people I will launch. That is simply the blunt fact. However cautious evaluate course of with the DAs, NYPD. There will likely be some folks we will launch. The a lot larger answer, Brian is to launch and or switch to State jail, a whole bunch, and a whole bunch of inmates. That is what we’re doing proper now with the State successfully. We want the courts although, the courts, they’ve about, we have got over a thousand individuals who have been ready over a 12 months for his or her trial. They don’t seem to be folks we will launch. They must get a trial. I’ve requested the courts to calendar 500 instances instantly and transfer them. Courtroom system continues to be removed from totally functioning. Nearly every part else within the metropolis is totally functioning. The courts aren’t. That is hurting us deeply. 

Lehrer: It sounds no less than from what we heard, just like the courts are prepared for Alfred, however Alfred cannot get there. Is there a manner that you would facilitate it for him and folks like him? 

Mayor: One of many issues – two factors. One, I do not know Alfred’s scenario. Such as you mentioned, we are going to take it on face worth however we have to affirm. If it is a quarantine scenario, quarantine is restricted. It is ten days is the conventional time-frame. So, clearly he will come out of quarantine quickly. We might get him the place he must be. But additionally, one thing superb the Governor did that we requested for was permitting us to do sure courtroom procedures by video. And that we’ll begin doing instantly. That was not authorized in New York State, however we bought the dispensation we wanted to start out that up. That is going to resolve numerous issues. So, we’ll look into his case. And I need our group to comply with up with you on Alfred’s particulars. And we’ll comply with up on him instantly. However I believe the larger level is we’re shifting a collection of issues which can be going to vary the equation. The quarantine goes to come back off. Individuals are going to get their alternative to go to courtroom. However we want the courtroom system to really schedule the instances or it is moot. If they don’t seem to be prepared to maneuver a whole bunch and a whole bunch of instances, individuals are caught in limbo. That is the most important factor we have to repair proper now. 

Lehrer: And last item on this, Gothamist is reporting that this lockdown was truly in impact since final week. So, earlier than you visited Rikers on Monday. Have been you conscious of the quarantine then? And if that’s the case, why did not you point out it throughout your press convention on the island? 

Mayor: There’s been quite a lot of actions taken to deal with the COVID scenario. I clearly knew that quarantine was one of many particular instruments that is getting used. And that is been used all through. So, it doesn’t strike me as one thing uncommon. It is one thing that needs to be mounted as a result of it inter-related with different issues. However since these issues are being mounted, the quarantine interval will run its course. After which everybody will likely be moved accordingly. 

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Lehrer: Proper. However this was apparently the primary time that there was this widespread a lockdown and also you had been or weren’t conscious of it on Monday? 

Mayor: I used to be not –I will be very easy. I used to be not conscious of the precise quantity. I used to be conscious that there was quite a few people underneath quarantine. I do not know if I truly suppose what you are saying is as novel as you suppose it’s. Clearly anybody uncovered needs to be underneath quarantine. That is been the rule all alongside. And if this was the interpretation that well being people made, that does not strike me as shocking. It is the cautious factor to do. We don’t need to see a variety of COVID on Rikers. Once more, quarantine is a device we have been utilizing for a 12 months and a half. It is a transient course of after which every part continues. 

Lehrer: Michael, on Staten Island, member of the NYPD. You are on WNYC with the Mayor. Good day, Michael. 

Query: Hello, Brian. Thanks for having me. Thanks for selecting me. Mayor, you might keep in mind me. We met two years in the past at Gracie Mansion at Italian Heritage evening. I took an image with you. I informed you I used to be placing on an occasion, informed you my spouse was in restoration. Do you keep in mind? 

Mayor: I’m. It is coming again as you are saying it. I keep in mind you being at Gracie, go on. 

Query: Sure. And so mainly you informed me and spouse congratulations. Then I gave my info to your Neighborhood Affairs Unit. Anyway, I am doing one other occasion in Bay Ridge, October sixteenth. And I’d love so that you can be there. You may discover my info on the Instagram Sobriety Stroll. I even offer you my tax quantity, 9-4-2-9-7-6. I’m a police officer, 15 years. I work out of the 6-0 Precinct. If you cannot come, please, in all sincerity, tweet out the picture, all via digital. Everybody wants to come back to this occasion. We can not let the pandemic mix additional points with the continuing epidemic. And this isn’t some tabling occasion. It’s not NARCAN. This goes to be highly effective audio system who speak to the reality about it, who use science. So, no matter you would do to assist me, I’d tremendously admire it. Thanks. 

Mayor: Hey Michael, thanks. Thanks for what you are doing, each, you understand, serving us as an officer, but additionally actually engaged on these points. As you understand, I’ve handled problems with restoration. And sadly, people in my family who did not take that path. You already know, my dad, on this case, was an alcoholic. It was a really, very painful actuality in my childhood. And plenty of instances folks have tried to persuade him there was one other alternative and he simply could not see it. However different members of my household have actually efficiently adopted the trail of restoration. And I actually need to thanks for encouraging folks and doing occasions like this. And I will try to to get down there if I can. And positively we will help you on-line as nicely. Thanks very a lot. 

Lehrer: Michael, thanks for checking in. Totally different sorts of questions associated to the NYPD. I do know you are conversant in the article that WNYC and Gothamist printed yesterday about doable ties between a far-right militia group known as the Oath Keepers that had a notable presence on the storming of the Capitol in January and members of the NYPD. The reporters, simply to let our listeners in on this, searched via knowledge on Oath Keepers membership that mentioned to have been hacked from the group. And located the names of two NYPD officers who they then contacted. However we did not launch their names as a result of they could not be confirmed as members. Your workplace has launched an investigation, you confirmed. However may you inform us extra in regards to the scope of that investigation? Will it’s restricted to only the 2 officers the story mentions, or will it contain going into the info and on the lookout for extra doable names? 

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Mayor: I’d say this, to start with, once you have a look at the manifesto of the Oath Keepers, they’re mainly telling their members to defy orders from democratically elected civilian governments. It is such an ironic – painfully ironic identify as a result of they declare to be supporting the US Structure whereas telling folks to violate it. So, anybody who’s claiming allegiance to the Oath Keepers is inherently denying their very own oath as a police officer, and so they cannot function a police officer underneath that standing, they only can’t. If we affirm that any police officer has pledged allegiance to the Oath Keepers and to these values, then time there will be – there will be due course of, after all, they deserve a trial, however, you understand, if that is discovered to be the case they should not be a member of the NYPD. When it comes to how we’d determine anybody else, once more, we’re not going to do – I used to be requested this yesterday – we’re not going to undergo all of the ranks of the NYPD on the lookout for what folks’s political values are. That smacks of McCarthyism to me. And I mentioned yesterday, my dad and mom went via the McCarthy period and had been victims of the McCarthy period. I am not going to start out a brand new, progressive imaginative and prescient of the identical factor. I do not settle for that. However what is acceptable, if there are recognized databases, after all, we’ll cross-check them. If there’s any report of somebody being concerned. In fact, we will pursue that. So, we are going to examine particular leads 100%. And any officer who pledges allegiance to one thing apart from the folks of New York Metropolis and democratically elected authorities, should not be in public service, interval. 

Lehrer: It is a very attention-grabbing rigidity that you simply level out. In a democracy, you do not need to have interaction in something that appears like McCarthyism, however it’s a menace to the general public security if members of any police drive are concerned in one thing like right-wing militia teams, such because the Oath Keepers. So, how do you monitor that it is not happening with out violating folks’s privateness rights? 

Mayor: I believe it is about being particular. I imply, the issue, once more, simply very briefly to say, you understand, my dad and mom had been put via loyalty checks and put via a continuing within the Fifties on loyalty, which was simply disgusting – I’ve seen the small print of proceedings – as a result of they actually had glancing contact with individuals who occurred to be members of the communist social gathering. That they had nothing to do with what my dad and mom’ values had been or their lives had been something, and but their lives had been basically affected by the insanity and the hysteria of that point. And my dad was a embellished World Warfare II veteran, who misplaced his leg on Okinawa, and he was nonetheless put via that. As loyal an American as you would probably think about. So, we can not, as progressives, go down that street. What we will do, and we’re doing with the entire right-wing far-right nationalist, you understand, all of the efforts to assault folks violently as a result of they’re immigrants, as a result of they’re of various ethnic backgrounds, all of the ethnically and racially motivated violence – we’re continuously scanning for that. The NYPD has a really aggressive effort on the lookout for threats, as a result of these are the most important threats proper now, the right-wing militias, etcetera – the most important threats to democracy, they’re the most important threats to legislation enforcement officers, satirically. Now we have had many violent confrontations with legislation enforcement by these sorts of forces. So, we’re scanning continuously for any exercise. And if we see any inter-connection to an NYPD officer, it’ll be adopted up on instantly, however I believe it is on the lookout for the exercise reasonably than asking each particular person whether or not they’re loyal to 1 set of values or not, that, to me, is the place it will get very slippery.  

Lehrer: Friedman, in Brooklyn, you’re on WNYC with the Mayor. Good day, Friedman. 

Query: Hello, first time in a very long time. Good morning, Mr. Mayor. I had a query as a result of I just lately learn an article about congestion pricing and the way that – how discussions are being held and, on that subject, now. And I am interested in how the Metropolis plans to take care of how it’ll have an effect on the outer boroughs. You already know, ever because the pandemic began, we have had elevated site visitors all through all 5 boroughs as a result of folks shifting in direction of extra particular person centric modes of transportation versus public transportation. And, you understand, it isn’t solely getting somewhat harmful out right here with all of the automobiles on the street, it is also rising noise air pollution. You already know, I hear honking from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM day-after-day, you understand, proper exterior my front room window. And it is beginning to turn out to be somewhat insufferable. 

Mayor: Yeah. I bought to let you know, Friedman, I’m proper there with you that that is – this entire actuality we went via, COVID main folks to show again to their automobiles after years and years the place mass transit had gotten higher and higher, and in some ways – and clearly the subway has had numerous issues – however I am saying, you understand, the Citi Bike, Choose Bus Service, the efforts we made with NYC Ferry, I imply, there’s been so many extra choices. They have been embraced by folks, and that was actually working. After which COVID put every part into like full reverse, people went streaming again to their automobiles. It has been actually problematic. Now we have to return the opposite manner. Congestion pricing goes to be one of many methods we do it. I imagine in it, I believe, bluntly, the MTA has been dragging their ft. The State’s been dragging their ft. The federal authorities has been dragging their ft. It is time to get this accomplished. It is urgently essential to scale back congestion, to scale back emissions, to finish what you are going via as a result of that is – as a result of there’s too many automobiles on the street, what you are experiencing, we’re seeing extra fatalities from crashes. This must occur a hell of loads faster. And I would wish to see the opposite ranges of presidency actually embrace this greater than they’re proper now. 

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Lehrer: I learn a narrative this morning that Governor Murphy is threatening to cease cooperating with New York on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey if this congestion pricing charge goes into impact. Do you need to reply to him? Did you see that? 

Mayor: I did. And I believe – I am simply an enormous fan of Phil Murphy. I actually am. I really feel, you understand, shut friendship and numerous respect for what he has accomplished. He has been – led a really progressive imaginative and prescient in New Jersey. However on this one, I perceive the place he is coming from. He has constituents who’re upset. I want to argue that, you understand, allow us to determine this out collectively. If there are some applicable issues to be addressed, like, you understand, ought to your George Washington Bridge toll be counted so you are not double tolled? Okay, that is a good dialogue. I believe there’s numerous issues we will do to appropriately lighten the burden with out shedding the worth of congestion pricing, which is that it ought to discourage folks from utilizing their automobiles, when there’s a number of different nice alternatives and options, and permit us to take care of a rising emissions drawback and congestion drawback. I believe that we will strike the steadiness. So, I think about he’s standing up for his constituents, however I additionally imagine he is a really affordable particular person and we may all work collectively to discover a answer. 

Lehrer: And I additionally learn, the Occasions has this text at the moment and a model yesterday, that the numbers of individuals killed in site visitors crashes this 12 months is as much as 189 as of mid-September, which might be essentially the most because you took workplace. It had been going manner right down to document lows earlier than the pandemic, however we’ve these developments you talked about, extra folks getting personal automobiles, 120,000 extra new automobile registrations than final 12 months, in response to the Occasions, however on the identical time, once more, from like they report site visitors tickets, site visitors violations as issued by the NYPD, have plummeted by greater than half. So, why are site visitors tickets plummeting whereas vehicular deaths are hovering? 

Mayor: Hey, Brian, you understand, look, I believe this is among the locations the place we bought to have an sincere dialog and a considerate dialog. I am going to do that very fast, however let’s be actual. I’m nonetheless amazed a year-and-a-half plus into a worldwide pandemic, this sort of shock within the voice of so many people when asking questions with out truly beginning with guess what, there was a worldwide pandemic that disrupted completely, positively every part. It disrupted policing. We had a time period the place we had an enormous variety of officers out. We had an entire host of latest issues, clearly throughout this nation. We noticed an uptick in shootings and violence. That is the place we have been placing the power of our officers. We have to get again to intensive site visitors enforcement. That labored for six years. Vision Zero was, as you simply famous, you understand, actually profoundly lowering the variety of crashes and deaths and accidents, however we have been in, basically, a wartime footing for the final year-and-a-half. And we have got to get again the place we had been, however the way in which you do that’s get everybody vaccinated, which is why we want the mandates, get an basically full restoration of our economic system, get issues again to regular. That is going to have an effect on reductions in violence and shootings as nicely. A standard metropolis, a traditional economic system goes to assist public security. Then we will take officers and transfer them on to the issues we had been doing earlier than the pandemic. However each single factor we have talked about at the moment, together with faculties, together with Rikers, the roots of all of those issues are a worldwide pandemic. The excellent news is we’re popping out of it, actually powerfully, as a result of this metropolis is now so vaccinated. 83 % of New York Metropolis adults have had no less than one dose, let’s maintain going with that. Then we will actually flip the nook on every one in every of these challenges. 

Lehrer: So, a fast follow-up, recommendation to the following mayor on furthering the protected streets work? 

Mayor: Go deeper into Vision Zero, it labored. Extra enforcement, completely, as we will unlock officers, extra ticketing for rushing and failures to yield, extra pace cameras, which we fought for a very long time with Albany on, get the Crash Victims Rights invoice handed in Albany. That will assist us immensely. Double down on Vision Zero. As issues come again, that is the right second to take it into the following gear.  

Lehrer: Thanks as all the time, Mr. Mayor. Speak to you subsequent week. 

Mayor: Take care, Brian.  


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