Kathy Hochul insists 'the plan is working' after terrifying subway shooting

 March 18, 2024

New York governor Kathy Hochul (D) is deep in denial.

Even after last week's terrifying shooting on a Brooklyn train, she insists her controversial "plan" to protect the subways with the National Guard is working as intended.

New York City commuters were sent running for their lives Thursday when a passenger was shot in the head with his own firearm.

Horror subway shooting

The shooting victim, 36-year-old Dajuan Robinson, targeted 32-year-old Younece Obuad, who was not charged after prosecutors found he acted in self-defense. Robinson has been hospitalized in critical condition.

The shocking altercation, captured on video, shows Robinson shouting at Obuad about the city's migrant crisis and the widely publicized attack on NYPD cops by Venezuelans.

"F*** your kind. F*** your race. F*** you. 'You think you're gonna beat up cops? I'll beat you up," Robinson said.

A woman who was with Obuad stabbed Robinson in the back. She has yet to be identified.

Hochul insists "plan is working"

The incident has left commuters terrified, while fueling anger toward Hochul after she controversially deployed National Guard troops to perform random bag checks.

But Hochul insists that her plan all along was to "free up" NYPD cops.

“My objective was to make sure [the National Guard is] in our main transit hubs – you see them at Grand Central [Station] and other places, so they can free up [NYPD cops],” Hochul told reporters at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade this weekend.

“So the plan is working as we had expected.”

Out of touch

The state's Republicans have blasted Hochul's response as out of touch.

"There’s no replacement for the NYPD,” New York Republican congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis, of Staten Island, said. “We need more police officers in our subways.”

Prior to last week's shooting, Hochul had warned disgruntled commuters to "go home" if they did not want to comply with random searches.

“We’re not going to search you—you can say no. But you’re not taking the subway," she said.

The governor is eager to avoid blame for the city's crime crisis as Democrats look to dodge a repeat of a regional red wave that swept the Empire State in 2022.

However, it's difficult to see how Democrats can avoid paying a price if "the plan" leaves residents living in fear.

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