Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ongoing clash with the city’s police department has taken its toll on the local government, resulting in at least one Republican congressman to call on the mayor to resign.
In a Fox News Channel appearance on Thursday, U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) said that the mayor had made the city less safe and should be replaced by someone who would support the police, according to Breitbart.
“This deterioration going on in New York City”
The most recent controversy stemmed from de Blasio’s proposal to cut up to $1 billion from the New York Police Department budget, leaving those funds open to be redistributed to other city programs.
He has also faced criticism from the law enforcement community for supporting reforms to the bail system that some say has translated into a surge in crime.
As evidence of the disdain many NYPD officers feel toward the mayor, groups of local cops have turned their backs on him at public events on multiple occasions.
“We’ve seen, over the course of the last few months, this deterioration going on in New York City, where all sorts of crime rates are going up,” Zeldin said this week.
Noting the perceived absurdity of the cashless bail initiative, he said someone “could rob a bank in New York City, be detained, be released that same day … and then go out and rob another bank.”
“They want law and order”
As it turns out, a very similar case reportedly did play out in the city.
“Fast forward to now, where you have the mayor signing off on this movement to defund the police, and New York City council members signing off on this movement,” the congressman continued. “The average person who lives in New York City wants safety and security. They want law and order. They want their city to be free and to prosper and to have opportunity. They want their kids to be able to grow there.”
He said the city is currently “going in the wrong direction,” insisting that the “mayor needs to resign” and be replaced by someone who will “respect our cops, respect our law and order, and to give the city an opportunity to flourish once again.”
Given his record while in office, it is hardly surprising that de Blasio would support a largely anti-police protest movement.
With Zeldin and others unafraid to push back, however, it is clear that these sweeping proposals are not going to be enacted without a fight.