AOC Slams Gov. Cuomo's Plan To Add 500 Police Officers Amid Spike In Crime

Sandy Malone

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) came out against the governor's plan one day before the MTA's vote.

New York, NY – One day before the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is scheduled to vote on their annual budget, U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) asked New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to scrap plans to add 500 police officer to the transit system.

“Arresting hard-working people who cannot afford a $2.75 fare is, in effect, the criminalization of poverty,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in the Dec. 17 letter, the New York Post reported.

The missive, sent to the governor’s office, was co-signed by fellow Bronx U.S. Representative Jose Serrano (D-New York), U.S. Representative Jerold Nadler (D-New York), and Democratic State Senators Michael Gianaris, Luis Sepulveda, and Jessica Ramos, the New York City Patch reported.

“Desperately needed resources would be better invested in subway, bus, maintenance, and service improvements, as well as protecting riders and transit workers from assault rather than in the over-policing of our communities,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.

The governor announced his plan to put 500 additional uniformed officers in the New York City transit system in June as part of a plan to increase safety for riders and employees of the subway and bus system, according to a press release issued at the time.

“From 2013 and 2017, assaults reported by New York City Transit workers have increased by 15.2 percent, and lost revenue from fare evasion increased from $105 million in 2015 to $225 million in 2018,” the press release said. “New data released today shows the upward trend is continuing with year to date totals reaching $243 million in the 12-month period ending in March 2019.”

Cuomo’s initiative also included new measures to detect fare evasion with new exit gates and enhanced cameras and monitoring.

"This year we succeeded in making historic reforms to the MTA and provided significant new funding streams that will overhaul the system," the governor said**.** "But the MTA is still plagued by problems of public safety, attacks against transit workers and persistent fare evasion - issues that have only worsened in recent years. This new multi-pronged effort will improve safety on the system overall, protect workers from these incomprehensible assaults, and deter fare evasion by deploying 500 new uniformed officers on our subways and buses.”

But the controversial freshman congresswoman doesn’t think police officers should be enforcing laws in the transit system.

In November, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted her support for an anti-police protest in Brooklyn that saw hundreds blocking streets and jumping turnstiles into the New York subways.

“Ending mass incarceration means challenging a system that jails the poor to free the rich,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted the day after the chaotic scene. “Arresting people who can’t afford a $2.75 fare makes no one safer and destabilizes our community. New Yorkers know that, they’re not having it, and they’re standing up for each other.”

Protesters were seen in videos on social media helping each other to jump turnstiles to reach the platforms in the stations surrounded by people holding signs that said “No cops, no fares,” FOX News reported.

There were a few incidences of people who chose to pay their subway fare being verbally accosted by protesters for following the law.

Numerous people held up signs that called NYPD “racist” and advocated violence against police, FOX News reported.

Cuomo has stood by his plan to beef up law enforcement in the transit system and blamed the chaotic November protest on “the relationship between the police and the community,” the New York Post reported.

MTA began hiring for the new in-house police force in September.

Ocasio-Cortez’s position on the new police officers mirrors that of anti-police New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

All three of his representatives on the MTA board cited the expansion of the MTA’s police force as the reason they were voting against the budget proposal, the New York Post reported.

“We don’t have, or at least the board has not been apprised, of a strategy for deployment of these [officers],” de Blasio appointee Veronica Vanterpool complained.

Comments (112)
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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I dig AOC for 2 main reasons. She bothers the shit out of yall, and she resembles my wife.

Ferret guy
Ferret guy

I hope to God your wife doesn't share the same IQ as this dumb bitch does. If your wife looks this good, I'd give you a pat on the back 😁😁😁

DNW
DNW

Since she agrees that 'protecting riders and transit workers from assault' is an important objective, not sure where her disagreement with the proposal lies?

Ferret guy
Ferret guy

My fellow Americans. If life ever gets you down and you think your life sucks, SMILE, and be glad that this idiot bitch is not your child 🤣🤣🤣 I bet this bitches parents have already changed their last names

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

She used to be a bartender. I'll file her rant under "Who gives a shit"

flybynight
flybynight

We don't need no stinking badges!!!! Was AOC in that movie?

whatalways3parts1
whatalways3parts1

Cuomo’s initiative also included new measures to detect fare evasion with new exit gates and enhanced cameras and monitoring.

(Would MTA still have a Need for the 500 men n women to parole?)

“Arresting hard-working people who cannot afford a $2.75 fare is, in effect, the criminalization of poverty,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in the Dec. 17 letter, the New York Post reported.

(criminalization of poverty, Really? Come on now!!)

(almost everyone goes w/FREE, if they see a Way!!)

Marxest
Marxest

I don't always Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, but in this particular case, I support here. That "spike" in crime is merely fare evasion. The mo ey for these MTA "cops" should go to either MTA infrastructure projects or NYPD officers. These MTA goons will merely target minorities. Great example: one NYPD Deputy Inspector Constantin Tsachas who has ordered his officers to specifically target African American and Hispanic people and to ignore white people. He has been described as "David Duke in a uniform" by his subordinates, one of whom recorded his racist orders. It doesn't surprise me, he's Greek - (there known for racism, stealing and fleecing and savagery, entertaining and embellished stories and outright lies). I hope they nail Deputy Inspector Tsachas to the wall with his own badge or a few bullets. Go get 'em AOC!

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Well, I haven't figured out what AOC is even good for. She's the number two speech giver in Government that opens her mouth and says sh#t she's wrong about or is untrue (right behind Adam Schitts) (no, I didnt miss spell pencil necks name).

Anomie88
Anomie88

Typical. What do you expect from someone who lives in an upscale community, feels entitled and protected and is not affected by crime like her constituents. Out of touch with reality; out of office soon, one hopes.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I wonder how many armed security guards accompany AOC whenever she goes out in public.. and I wonder if they are LEOs or private contractors.....

In either case, if AOC is against it, than it's likely good for NYC and NY in general, so that's enough of a reason for me to support it.

tkshields
tkshields

well.. you NYers have 4 names mentioned in the article on whos to blame for the lack of safety and condition of your public transit system

Patriot63
Patriot63

Now here we have Gov. Cuomo looking out for the safety and security for the people. Here as usual AOC staying with the Democratic Party actions is to ignore We The Peoples needs for security and safety. There against the Boarder, there liberal judges avoid convicting illegals to avoid ICE, they endorse the hatred towards Law Enforcement by not joining the Republicans and non-leftist Democrats to promote respect of the Law. Those very rare incidents of bad apple Cops should be taken care of legally only. The wrongful naritive without full evidence and judging the incident on opinion has got to stop. There are millions of crimes and offense a year nation wide yet the social media and mainstream media only want to cover those incidents based on opinion to support the Democrats racist agenda.

sizzle937
sizzle937

I really feel sorry for you

BillLEO
BillLEO

Who votes for these nut-jobs?

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Just wants more freebies, this dumb bitch thinks everything should be free, or at least have someone else pay for it...they set a fare to pay for the subway system, if no one pays then how does it continue to run? Oh yes, someone else should pay for it....remember these ideas come 2020 and KAG!!!!!

KEKKY
KEKKY

New Yorkers please vote AOC out next term,she has to go do it for the future of NY we love NY and do not want it to end up a Socialist state.


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