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Maya Wiley blasts NYPD as ‘ineffective,’ wants $1B cut

Maya Wiley blasts NYPD as 'ineffective,' wants $1B cut

Left-wing mayoral hopeful Maya Wiley insisted Thursday that cutting $1 billion from the NYPD budget wouldn’t make New Yorkers less safe, doubling down on her calls to reduce funds given to the city’s police department as shootings rise.

“It’s a bloated, ineffective, mismanaged department,” Wiley, who was recently launched into the race’s top tier with a slew of progressive endorsements, said Thursday morning on Fox 5’s “Good Day New York.”

“It is critically important if we’re going to solve our problems and meet our people’s needs that we be honest about what’s happening: There’s no other agency in government that could get away with the waste, and the lack of accountability that the New York City police department gets away with.”

Wiley, a former de Blasio administration official who has clashed with mayoral front-runner Eric Adams on policing, was pressed by Fox 5 host Bianca Peters how her proposal would appeal to the majority of New York voters who polls show want more cops in the streets and subway, not fewer.

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Wiley went off on the NYPD, saying “it’s a bloated, ineffective, mismanaged department.”
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The former City Hall lawyer claimed trimming fat from the department wouldn’t hamstring policing or reduce safety.

“I’m going to have a soup-to-nuts audit of the budget, but I am going to shift a billion dollars, but it’s not because it’s going to be impacting police,” Wiley said, citing anecdotes about several police officers responding to a car crash when only one cop is needed as an example of the department not using its resources wisely.

“I’ve seen fender-benders in this neighborhood where you get sometimes three patrol cars, two officers deep, and all you actually need is a tow truck to get someone to direct the traffic,” she recounted.

New York City mayoral candidate Eric Adams speaks speaks during a news conference across the street from a New York City Sanitation Department(DSNY) Sanitation Enforcement Brooklyn Zone on Monday, June 14, 2021 in Queens, N.Y.  Adams was joined by sanitation workers who allege pay inequality under mayoral candidate and former NYC Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. (James Keivom for New York Post)
NYC mayoral primary front-runner Eric Adams has clashed with Wiley on policing.
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Her comments come after Wiley earlier in the month released an anti-cop NYPD ad and said the police force’s curfew enforcement was a waste of money.

New York City Police Academy cadets attend their graduation ceremony at the Barclays Center on July 2, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The New York Police Department (NYPD) has more than 37,000 officers; 781 cadets graduated today.
Earlier this month, Wiley released an anti-cop NYPD ad and said the police force’s curfew enforcement was a waste of money.
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It also comes after Wiley refused to commit to not disarming police.

Wiley was pressed on the issue in a debate last week by WCBS-TV/Ch. 2’s Marcia Kramer, who asked the five top candidates, “Attorney General Letitia James is proposing legislation to limit cops from firing their weapons, use of force as a last resort. Some might ask, why not go all the way and take away the guns altogether like they do in 19 other countries where the bulk of the police force is unarmed?”

Wiley twice tried to dodge the question by pivoting to talking points about public safety, but she finally answered after Kramer asked more directly, “Will you take the guns away from the NYPD?”

Maya Wiley
In an appearance on “Good Day New York,” Wiley said, “there’s no other agency in government that could get away with the waste, and the lack of accountability that the New York City police department gets away with.”
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Wiley said, “I am not prepared to make that decision in a debate.”

“I am going to have a civilian commissioner and a civilian commission that is going to hold the police accountable and ensure we’re safe from crime but also from police violence,” Wiley added.

The four other candidates on the debate stage answered directly that they would not disarm the police.

The Democratic primary in the mayoral race will be held Tuesday, when voters can rank up to five candidates in order of preference.

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