Gov Hochul gives blunt 2-word answer for those upset about new stop-and-check subway policy

In an interview Thursday morning, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul fiercely defended her new subway stop-and-check policy.

Go home,” she bluntly answered when asked by local station WNYW for her response to subway riders who refuse to be stopped and checked. “We’re not going to search you—you can say no. But you’re not taking the subway.”

“My No. 1 priority is the safety of all New Yorkers. If people are anxious in any aspect of their lives, particularly the lifeblood of our region—downstate does not function without a healthy subway system that people have confidence in—I have to do this for them,” she added.

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Hochul went on to claim the stop-and-check policy is different from stop-and-frisk, a former policy that was criticized for disproportionately targeting black people.

“‘There’s no search-and-frisk, there’s no stop-and-frisk, there’s no profiling. All this is a deterrent saying: ‘You want to commit a crime? Go somewhere else—not on our subways,'” she said.

“You want to look in the eyes of the police officer or the MTA transit police or National Guard and still jump the—skip the fare? Go ahead,” she unapologetically added.

The governor further said she hopes that the entire New York City subway system is one day covered in surveillance cameras.

“I’d rather be in the business of preventing crimes than having to solve them,’ she said. “‘And if people know they’re being watched—that there’s a camera that will record if they harm someone, assault, bring out a gun, have a knife, that they’re going to get caught—I think that’s going to have a powerful effect on the psychology of the criminals.”

Hochul’s remarks came a day after she began deploying National Guard soldiers and State Police officers to patrol New York City’s subways and, more importantly, check riders’ bags.

The new policy specifically states that subway riders must consent to a bag check or be denied access to the subway.

“They can refuse [a bag check, but] we can refuse them,” Hochul explained at a press conference Wednesday.

The goal of the policy is to deter crime.

“For people who are thinking about a gun or knife on the subway, at least this creates a deterrent effect,” Hochul said. “They might be thinking, ‘You know what? It just may not be worth it, because I listened to the mayor and I listened to the governor and they have a lot more people who may be checking my bags.’”

In separate but related news, New York City Mayor Eric Adams has similarly deployed more local cops to his city’s subways to help rein in crime.

“Adams stressed [on Tuesday that] his administration was trying to find a ‘new norm for patrolling our subway systems’ – including with increased police presence and enhanced bag checks – following the recent surge in violence that has seen three New Yorkers shot dead on trains and platforms since the start of the year,” the New York Post reported.

“When I’m on the subway system, I speak with riders and they say ‘Eric, nothing makes us feel safer than seeing that officer at the token booth, walking through the system, walking through the trains and that is what we want our officers doing,’” the mayor said Tuesday.

Both Hochul and Adams have triggered massive backlash from the radicalized, pro-criminal left over their recent actions.

Jumaane N. Williams, NYC’s public advocate, warned that their plans will “criminalize the public in public transit,” according to The New York Times.

Assemblywoman Emily Gallagher, a socialist, meanwhile tweeted that the plans are a “ham-fisted and authoritarian response” that “validates G.O.P. propaganda about urban lawlessness in an election year.”

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“The militarization of a response like this can be counterproductive, actually,” Rep. Pat Ryan, another Democrat, said on CNN.

Even New York Police Department Chief of Patrol John Chell complained, but for a different reason.

“Instead of outside law enforcement assistance, Chief Chell argued that state leaders should be working to repeal or overhaul criminal justice laws enacted by Democrats in recent years that make it harder to require that bail be set for repeat offenders,” the Times notes.

Vivek Saxena

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