Democrats Forced To Deploy the National Guard

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( – On Wednesday, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that she would be deploying the state National Guard as part of a five-point plan to help reduce crime in New York City. 

The governor stated that 750 National Guard members were going to be deployed to help the New York Police Department with searches at train stations. As she noted during a news conference in the City, this would act as a deterrent for people who are considering carrying a knife or gun on the subway. She argued that this could make them think that doing so would not be worth it as they would have heard from the state governor and the NYC mayor that there would be a lot more checks on their bags. 

This move is part of a greater effort made by the governor’s office to handle the surge in crime in the subway. As part of this work, the governor has introduced a legislative proposal that would block people from entering the train for three years if they are found guilty of having assaulted a passenger. Cameras would also be installed in conductor cabins to help protect transit workers. 

For this plan to go forward, it would also require coordination with district attorneys so that repeat offenders can be stopped. The program also includes another $20 million which is to be spent on subway outreach programs. 

On Tuesday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced that he would increase the number of police officers patrolling the stations in order to help bring down the crime levels which increased by close to 20 percent during the first couple of months of 2024.

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