2005-05-27 / Community

Weiner: Get Tough In Fighting Crime

Pledging to bring a “tough minded, proactive approach” to public safety, Representative Anthony Weiner has unveiled a series of proposals designed to fight crime and bolster homeland security in New York City. 

In his eighth speech detailing his vision for New York City, Weiner called for more cops on the street, an expansion of the state’s DNA database, a greater emphasis on sex, hate, and quality of life crimes, and homeland security measures drawing on the lessons of September 11.

Put More Cops on the Beat and in our Neighborhoods – In 2001, there were 38,630 full time police working for the NYPD. Today, that number has dropped to 34,824, a 10% decline. Weiner would hire 3,806 police officers to restore the NYPD to 2001 levels. 

In addition Weiner, who is the sponsor of the Community Oriented Policing Services or COPS program, would continue to fight for full COPS funding—enough to put 900 federally funded cops on the beat each year in New York and defray NYPD overtime costs.

Expand DNA Testing to More Violent Felons – Currently, most violent criminals in New York City are required to submit a DNA sample to the state’s DNA databank, but that stricture only went into affect in 1994.  That means that a rapist who completed his sentence prior to 1994 does not have to provide a sample, despite the fact that the majority of crimes are committed by repeat offenders. Weiner would require that anyone who committed a crime that today would require them to submit a DNA sample, but whose sentence ended before 1994, now be required to provide DNA for the database.

Greater Emphasis on Gangs, Graffiti, and Hate Crimes – Federal law enforcement considers the Mara Salvatrucha 13 (MS 13) gang one of the greatest threats to the United States after Al-Qaeda. 

Weiner would press the federal government to provide sufficient funding for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program—which defers the costs that states and cities incur when incarcerating criminal illegal aliens—and would ensure that the information accrued by school safety officers about gang activity be shared with police on the beat. 

To stop the scourge of graffiti, Weiner would expand the NYPD’s anti-graffiti unit to all corners of the city.  And Weiner would combine anti-terror and anti-bias law enforcement.

Federal Funding for Terrorism Cops – New York City has 1,000 police officers devoted to homeland security—but the Bush Administration won’t allow the City to pay them using federal homeland security funds. Weiner, who has authored legislation to correct this inequity, would keep fighting to allow federal funds to be used to pay for the NYPD’s anti-terror officers.

Buildings Better Equipped to Withstand Terrorist Attack – Weiner wrote the law that changed how building collapse investigations are conducted, utilizing the lessons learned in the World Trade Center collapse. 

Weiner would change the City’s building code to require fireproofing more resistant to high impacts and explosions, more active and passive fire protection features, and floor framing and perimeter columns with enhanced thermal and buckling performance. 

And Weiner would take back control of the WTC redevelopment.

Ensure that Police and Firefighter Radios Can Communicate – On 9/11, police and firefighter radios could not communicate, and a recent Cornell study found that 2/3 of firefighters still can’t communicate with each other, when necessary. 

Weiner would task the Office of Emergency Management with upgrading and integrating first responder radios.

“New York City needs forward thinking leadership that stays ahead of our security challenges instead of waiting for them to get worse,” said Rep. Weiner.

“I will bring a tough minded, proactive approach to City Hall. 

The NYPD does an exemplary job keeping us safe, but we can never relax or become passive, never take our eye off the ball.”

Weiner delivered the speech at Pace University, in Manhattan. 

Previously he has addressed hunger in the City, outlined his five borough economic development plan, detailed his educational priorities, proposed a series of good government reforms, called for an end to backroom deals and pay to play at City Hall, rolled out his plan to cut taxes on middle class New Yorkers, and presented new ideas about reforming health care.

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